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Office tale of Scott Terry, co-owner/manager and principal buyer at Spaceman Music

Office tale of Scott Terry, co-owner/manager and principal buyer at Spaceman Music

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Who are you :
Scott Terry

Your current job :
Co-Owner/Manager and Principal Buyer at Spaceman Music. We buy, sell, and repair vintage and used guitars, amplifiers, and effects pedals.

In which city are you located?
Ottawa, Ontario

A word to define what kind of worker you are :

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
Red Swingline stapler, Macbook, TC Electronic Desktop Konnect, Microphones, Guitar, Amplifier, Drum Kit.

What does your office space look like?
I don’t really have an office per se, but I do have a stainless steel desk in a corner of the sales floor of the store. I’m surrounded by dozens of used as well as vintage guitars, amplifiers, and effects pedals on a daily basis.

What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?
I don’t really get a chance to listen to much music at work as there is constant noise from folks either demoing guitars, amps, or effect pedals, or one of the repair techs playing a guitar or amp that they’re working on. When it is quiet in the store, I have been listening to a ton of The Skull Defekts, as well as Dead Skeletons, Polvo, and Sleaford Mods.
Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
First thing I do when I get in is deal with my Inbox, and get that out of the way, that way I’m not tied to my computer when clients arrive. Well, actually, the very first thing is a cup of strong coffee and a cigarette in the morning sun to get me going.

What tips would you give to improve productivity?
Don’t bite off more than you can chew, and if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask.
Its better to do something right the first time, instead of having to do it twice.

You’re better than your colleagues to:
Figuring out what a client needs quickly and closing the transaction efficiently. Time is money. Years of working in restaurant kitchens has given me a certain drive to complete tasks effectually, logically, and as fast as possible without sacrificing customer service.

What is the best advice anyone has given you?
My father once told me: “Plant your corn early”. What ever that means.

What is your best tip for saving time?
Measure twice, cut once.

What is your routine start and end of the day?
The front page of Reddit.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?
My Seiko guitar tuner. I know there are tuner apps out there for my phone, but to me the tuner does a better job, plus it has a big fat analog VU meter.