No Job Too Small

I’m always looking for the next big challenge—the bigger, the better. You know, I’ve always been taught, “no job too big,” right? What if our biggest success comes from the ability to take the smallest jobs?

Do You Have Any Idea Who I am?

I was talking to a friend that runs a landscaping company a few weeks ago, and by “landscaping company” I mean landscaping empire. I was asking him about ongoing projects, and he said with a giggle, “We’re clearing out some brush at one lady’s house. I’ll do just about anything.” After more than a decade in the business, I thought he would only work on the biggest contract projects. He grows his business by building a reputation serving his clients, which means that there truly is no job too small.

That’s not the norm. Mix twelve, sixteen, and sometimes more than nineteen years of education and a little success, and voila white gloves suddenly appear on our hands.

While this FedEx commercial is one of my favorites, it highlights an attitude that drives me nuts. Yes, we all have a “highest and best use,” but no one on the team is “above” the small jobs.

Go for it! Get down in the dirt and do something “beneath” you. You will gain respect and attention of your client / boss / colleague / spouse. Who knows, you may even get some more small jobs, and by “you” I mean me. 🙂


Jeremy Floyd

Jeremy Floyd is the Chief Marketing Officer at Back Porch Vista. Formerly, he was the president of Bluegill Creative, a marketing and communications firm in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition to managing the digital strategies, Floyd is an adjunct professor for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga MBA program teaching digital strategies and social media. Floyd blogs at jeremyfloyd.com and tweets under the name @jfloyd. Jeremy is licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee and holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from MTSU in English and Philosophy.