Matt Reims and I have worked together for the past three years at a restaurant in my hometown. When he told me about Osprey Accounting, the company he and his brother, Chris, had started, I was intrigued. I have a strong interest in Entrepreneurship and I like to take advantage of experiences that are related to entrepreneurship.
How I got involved in the Nest Program is not how you’d think. Matt told me to check out the website that he built for Osprey Accounting and tell him my thoughts on it. I was very impressed. It was modern and professional but also casual and comfortable. Knowing nothing about Accounting, I wasn’t sure what other kind of feedback I could provide other than maybe a typo I had found and how professional the website looked.
About two weeks later, I received a message from Matt asking if I would be interested in joining the Osprey team as an intern for the summer. My entrepreneurial spirit caught his attention and he wanted me to consider interning at Osprey Accounting for the summer. I graciously accepted his offer. I was able to gain hands-on experience in exploring a type of potential future career path for myself.
It is such a cliche, but now I truly understand that trial & error are your two best friends when starting a company. All we did was trial and error. Advertising analytics and data contribute to figuring out who responds, how many respond, and what the content is igniting response. This helped build my business confidence because you had to fail in order to succeed. There is no other way to do it.
Being an intern at a startup is a completely different experience than being an intern at an established company or corporation. It’s better. I felt just as important as the President at Osprey Accounting when it came to ideas and opinions. We all sat together at least once a day and tackled a variety of different areas through brainstorming, providing feedback, and discussing different approaches. But, no matter what, I was valued and respected by the COO and CEO. I was treated like one of them. Some people work their whole lives to experience that just once. I’m only 18 years old. I have had a hand in branding, marketing, operations, and the overall business itself. One of my friends has been interning at a large financial planning company this summer to explore the financial field and see if she may want to pursue that field in the future. All they do is give busy work for their interns to do. She sits on a computer all day and uploads files to a shared folder, waiting for the hour hand to reach the five. That’s it. Another friend of mine interns at a property management company for forty-five hours a week answering phones and doing all of the work they don’t want to do. How are either of these offering real-world experience?
My younger sister and I always talk about how we want to start a business together someday. Osprey’s unique upbringing began with two brothers, an idea, and a vision. Watching them interact as both brothers and business partners was different than just working under two business partners who are friends. That relationship that two brothers have in the office is going to be way different than two friends. You’re stuck with your brother for life, no matter what. Personally, I think it may be easier than partnering with a friend, as long as you both are on the same page. Your sibling can say things to you that maybe your friend would be too nervous to and they know both your strengths and weaknesses.
The environmentat Osprey is very warm and friendly. The dress code was business casual, music played through the halls everyday, informal and casual conversations made it a comforting place with no intimidation, and they were accommodating to my personal schedule which included a summer class and two other jobs. Matt frequently brought in his dog, Ridley, who loved to play. On top of that, everyday we sat together to eat lunch while watching an episode of That 70’s Show.
To the future Nest-goers: these brothers are awesome to work with. Not only are they patient and will teach you anything you want to know about the business, but you are valued as an asset to the success of their vision. I recommend for anyone who is eager to be part of a growing success, to apply into the Nest Program at Osprey Accounting.
The experience I have had interning this summer has been incredible. They have a big vision for the company’s future and I hope I will have the opportunity to be part of it again in the future.