Crane Beach

I spent the better half of last night looking up internal structures of companies whom Coulter and I both admire.  We are about to get very busy, and I am nervous that  if we don’t have some sort of guidelines/ownership in place, things will get too crazy, and we will loose control.


So, after identifying roles I crowned myself CEO of Quinn Popcorn. 😉 Coulter, CFO, and Quinn COO.  Coulter doesn’t know this yet, because he has been away all week, and will be reading this for the first time.


All joking aside, Coulter and I have very distinct duties right now, and we need to make sure that it stays that way or we will be juggling too many things at once.  He is in complete charge of our business strategy, projected financial/ sales goals, branding, blog, and numerous other tasks.  I am doing everything else, meaning supply chain, production, operations, sales, distribution, packaging… The list goes on and on, but we are managing, for now.


Full disclaimer, and I have said this a bunch, I am a total control freak, and need to be in everything at all times.  I am also aware that I need to curb this. I have been drafting up a document and listing what we each should own; so we don’t step on each other’s toes, and don’t pick up certain tasks at the same time.  Sounds simple, right?  Wrong. Coulter is still working full time and my to- do- list is out of control.  Meaning, I put my hands in the pot, and instead of grabbing one task at a time, I find myself covered in blood sucking leeches.


The hope is that one day soon we will have an employee that will help us with every day operations, but for a little longer, we need to keep our heads above water, and keep swimming against the tide.


PS. Any of you have fun titles that could potentionally replace the standard CEO, CFO, COO ones that currently exist, let us know! =]






  1. Jason wrote:

    I used to struggle with overwhelming task lists, too. I found that Mark Forster‘s task management methods ( really helped me out. It might be worth a look.

    As for fun titles, how about:
    * Big Wumpum
    * Wumpum Pay-um
    * Wumpum Do-um

  2. Jason wrote:

    I used to struggle with an overwhelming to-do list. So far, the best method for handling it that I’ve found has been Mark Forster’s SuperFocus system. (You can get the details at ).

    As for fun titles, how about:
    * Big Wumpum
    * Wumpum Pay-um
    * Wumpum Do-um

  3. Jason wrote:

    Um… not sure why my comment is listed twice. When I dropped by on the 7th, my post from the 4th wasn’t there. Feel free to can one of the two; they say the same thing.

  4. Michelle Pringle wrote:

    Hi Kristy, My brother sent me your link to check out. I found your blogs very interesting and you definitely have me intrigued! I’d love to get a sample of your popcorn, or is there a way to purchase ot online? I am the owner of Papa Joe’s Salt, LLC. It’s a spice blend of Kosher Salts, Sea Salts, coarse black pepper and granulated garlic. My grandfather created it back in the 70’s and it’s what I grew up using vs. salt and pepper. Who knew I’d be making it myself one day and selling thousands of shakers a year! I started my company in July 2008 in honor of my grandfather Papa Joe. I have to say that I am amazed with the reaction my customers continue to give me with how much they love Papa Joe’s Salt. Needless to say, I am so busy that I can barely keep up. I have been trying to get with a manufacturer to ease my workload. I am also a third grade teacher, cheerleading coach, and the mother of 2. I do everything for Papa Joe’s from top to bottom including: mixing and packaging ( labeling and shrink wrapping). I created my own website and update it regularly. I have a Facebook account and I’m a member of NAPW-undfortunately I do not find the time to use that resource to my advantage despite paying for it. I keep up with my banking account and invoices on my own. I have web-orders daily through Pay Pal that I am responsible for mailing out. I order all my spices, bottles, caps, etc. myself and keep up with my own inventory. I do 3-4 big festivals a year as well. What I’m trying to say is that I too am very overwhelmed and need help. I hesitate going to grocery stores yet because I would not be able to keep up with production. My husband works full time, and so his help is limited as well. I really have no advice for you since I’m in the same boat…wishing I had an employee to help out. At least make phone calls, book appointments, and manage the invoices/bank account for me. Unfortunately, the business does not have “that” kind of money to accomodate an employee. I do not want to close the business, so I just keep trucking forward. It’s been three succesful years, one more successful than the next. The testimonials I still receive are enough to keep me going. Let’s just keep in touch if you want and maybe we can help each other somehow. I’d love to get into Whole Foods one day…when I have a manufacturer! Check out my website and I hoep to hear back from you soon! Sincerely, Michelle Pringle

  5. Rutger wrote:

    Hi, people I don’t know.
    But I found your product/website one time and like reading the blog about what you are going through….. as I am going through it too. I am starting up a food production business in Vancouver, Canada.

    About your situation above, I highly recommend the book ‘The E-Myth’ revisited from Michael Gerber.

    You can find some book reports online which highlight what the book is about but I have just finished it and it makes me change what I am doing. It talks about the clear structure and dividing of roles and responsibilities of business partners. But the whole book also prepares the business for later down the road. You talk about hiring someone to help out with the immense load of work, like all people who started a business that is a first step towards a great business but for many also a potential trap in which they fall.

    I though I had a very good idea and understanding of how I was going to run my business but the book still opened my eyes. Might do the same for you (even though you probably don’t feel like you have the time to read, like I did, but I’m glad I did).



    PS: I’m not trying to sell you anything, as I just read the other posts I can see it would look that way. I think the book will be at the library too 🙂 I got it from the book shelve at my in-laws house