Over the last few days Billtrust received two awards recognizing some of our accomplishments. The New Jersey Technology Council notified us that we were a finalist for Growth Company of the Year and Inc Magazine recognized us as number 800 on the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America. Last year we were number 206 on the Inc 5000 list so appearing in back to back years is exciting for all of us at Billtrust.
These awards are great and certainly cause for celebration. The Billtrust team has done an outstanding job executing upon our plan to be the best Billing Service Provider in the US.
However, I certainly didn't start Billtrust so that we could get awards. I didn't start Billtrust for the hope of making money. I didn't start Billtrust for the recognition.
I think the two most important things a business owner can do is create an environment where people enjoy coming to work and where they can make a difference. I've been in jobs where you wake up in the morning and dread going to work. I worked construction for a week during college and my sole responsibility was carrying 24 foot 2" x 12" boards up two flights of stairs. All day, every day. I would leave work with splinters in my shoulders with every part of my body aching. I'm surprised I lasted a week. I've also been in corporate positions where playing the political game was a big part of my responsibility. The amount of hours expended making sure you were positioned well was mind boggling.
When I started Billtrust I wanted a company that I would enjoy working at, that others would want to work at, and where we all could make a difference. The awards and accolades are nice, but when you spend half of your awake hours at a job, it's far more important that you're loving what you do.