As I close out my internship, I reflected back to realize that I had learned and experienced a great deal during my time at Fulton and Roark. The time spent there fostered my growth significantly as well as instilled confidence in my abilities to move into the working world once I graduate in one years’ time. Now to catch up on my projects this summer.
Firstly, one of my biggest project undertakings this summer was facilitating the conversion of website hosting from Squarespace to Shopify. This allows the company to truly expand its e-commerce impact. I can say that this project is essentially done with a release date for the newly revamped website being this upcoming week. With the release, we will have the ability to create a subscription service, which is a hot style of shopping lately. We will also be able to do gift cards and user specific coupon codes. Doesn’t get much better than that! This project took a little longer than expected but it was because we wanted to do our diligence in making sure the new website was up to our design standards before release. I’m happy by my experience and ability during this project. I never realized how important a certain type of platform can be to the success of a company. We will hopefully see the positive results of this switch in the upcoming months. But, I’m proud to say that without me being at the company this summer, the website would never have changed.
My other large project this summer has been the scented candle. This one is still not done, luckily, I will be working for them part time once my official internship is over. Therefore, I can continue working on the candle. At the moment, we have an October release date, which is cautious. During the Atlanta trade show, we did show it around to potential customers and the design and smell of it definitely built and garnered much interest which was great to see. Although this has gone pretty well we have realized the cost of the fragrance on the candle is a little too much to meet the desired margins that we want. So we are trying to send the fragrance off to an official fragrance company to optimize the scent. I went at this project a little gung-ho and I think if I had taken a little more planning in the front hand we may not run into the problem we are in now, with the difficulty of matching our desired price point. Yet, this approach was a little needed and helpful for my development. No one at F&R had experience with candle making in the first place, so there wasn’t really one to lead me through the process. Which was totally okay and I enjoyed figuring out the candle making and planning process myself. I just wish I had done more on the front end in terms of pricing research instead of rushing into the candles.
This project also made me aware that there are a lot of times in my life when working through tasks that once I think I have enough information to get by I rush through. I found the importance of working through tasks at a controlled speed can be a better form, especially if it’s a new area of expertise. This is something I will take away as I move through different ventures as well as in school. The devil in the details.
As my last blog, I just wanted to say thank you to all that read through my time at Fulton & Roark this summer. As I have said countless times this summer, I learned an incredible amount. Both in tangible and intangible ways. I found love for work in startup cultures, creative ventures, and product development. I think that those areas of work are my calling and places I enjoy the work. This summer has helped me grow in terms of a business individual but also as an individual in the adult world. Living on my own, working on a budget, and planning my own life. I enjoyed my time and will always relish the time I spent here this summer. Thank you for the opportunity!