We had the good fortune of connecting with Arlene Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arlene, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I want my legacy to be one of service and positive impact. I’d like to be remembered for the personal attention and care each of my clients received. We all go through obstacles in life and I feel like the people you remember are the ones that were kind and took the time to really listen.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I fell in love with Human Resources work, it’s certainly not an area of focus you get into because you don’t like people. I enjoy helping others and I like the idea that I am making a positive impact within a business and within people’s lives. I started my business because I saw a need for resume revisions. I would help friends and family with their resumes and I just figured why not open myself up to the public and start a business. I have also expanded into consulting for small businesses. Of course, when you are starting out you can’t always afford a dedicated HR team or person. So I offer short-term projects like recruitment, policies, and procedures guidance such as employee handbooks, and pretty much anything a small business might need just to start off on the best foot possible. I’ve been formally operating my business for almost 3 years now, and I’ve learned that one day I will need to decide to run my business full time. Right now I only operate part-time but after seeing how our economy operates during pandemics or other wide-reaching disasters it really makes me want to be completely self-sufficient.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I would take visitors to the Bob Bullock Museum and the Capitol, because it’s always nice to get some Texas History in, and then we’d explore downtown Austin. There’s always fun shops, eateries, and live music to be enjoyed. Just for talking points, we’d have to get Franklin Barbecue, then we’d visit Zilker Park and the Barton Springs Pool, buy a pair of boots from Allens Boots, and go kayaking on Lady Bird Lake. Maybe watch a play at The Moody Theater. Off the top of my head, I’d say those are some pretty typical Austin visitor activities.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my Husband and Mother-In-Love as I affectionately call her. They both consistently and continuously encourage me in my entrepreneurial endeavors. They both have great business minds and I run a lot of ideas by them both. I have always been a very independent person so it’s nice to have people in my inner circle that do not try to stifle it and want me to go as far as I want.