Meet the Tribe - Elizabeth Fisher
Are you an Early Bird or a Night Owl?
Going to use Tami Boyce's quote on this one - an afternoon Narwhal!
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Let my dog out then get the Post and Courier in its real, true newspaper form
What are you reading now?
I like to escape from my work when I read at night, so I am reading The Queen's Pawn by Christy English. Any historical fiction.
What's your favorite podcast or YouTube channel?
Favorite place to getaway from it all?
Any view of the marsh!
If you could get an extra hour today, how would you use it?
Sweaty power yoga.
Do you consider yourself more of an Introvert or extrovert?
A reluctant extrovert
What's your favorite food?
I'm on a mission to...
Continually learn more about myself and my strengths & to change the perception, relevance and importance of glass recycling in our community.
How did your awesome business come to be?
The recycling collection business was my husband's brainchild. Filling a need for collecting recycling in Charleston 27 years ago. The countertops came out of our discussions (with a few glasses of wine involved I am sure) on how to reuse glass for another purpose. At the time we were "donating" recyclables to Charleston County's recycling center. We wanted to find another revenue stream for a product.
Who inspired you to pursue entrepreneurship?
Well, I fell into it actually. As I became more apart of the office part of Fisher, it was a natural transition. My husband is a serial entrepreneur, so I am onboard the train.
How do you define success for yourself?
Paying our bills, paying our employees, paying a mortgage, putting a son through college and still able to do some traveling. Right now, success is financial. Maybe one day, my answer will be more weighted on the "softer intangibles", but to get there, we have make a solid foundation.
We all love failure & flop stories! Tell us about something you tried in business that didn't work, and how you moved beyond it.
I guess one thing that we were not entirely successful at was starting two franchises in different cities (for recycling collection). We really didn’t know what we were getting into at the time, and did not have the proper structure in place to give them the tools the franchises needed to succeed.
What is a recent success that you're super proud of accomplishing?
Well, realizing that I can contribute more to the business than being an office worker. That was years ago, but it’s what I believe has made a huge impact on our recent growth.
What is your superpower?
I can apparate! jk
What is the least sexy part of your job?
Digging through bar sludge, soggy soaked bar napkins and chicken bones to get out the blue bottles from the glass pile! I love a good sweaty day in the warehouse on the forklift and using tools, so that doesn't count!
What do you hope to learn from this community of your peers?
To collaborate with other women who know they have it in their power to make a difference in their lives and businesses.