Based in Edmonds, Washington, While You're Away is a service specifically designed for small retail businesses.  When an owner or employee is on vacation or medical leave, While You're Away steps in as a temporary shopkeeper.  

Concept

      Many small businesses, whether retail or offices, have an owner and maybe one or two employees.  Staff scheduling can become very difficult when someone is absent. Everyone needs a vacation once in a while.  Medical time off is sometimes necessary.  And emergency absences are especially challenging - who do you call, what do you do to be sure your business can open and continue to thrive.  You call While You're Away for all your short term staffing needs.

 

Services & Rates

Half day:  Up to 4 hours - $70.00

Full day:  $120.00

5 or more consecutive days:  $110.00/day

Training:  Up to 4 hours @ $15.00/hour

Scheduling is done on a first come, first served basis.  To insure emergency coverage, training beforehand (even without a specific assignment scheduled) is required.

Please note, some businesses can not be served due to licensing restrictions and limitations.

 

 

 

About Me

My name is Lori Kunze and I am the sole owner, proprietor, and employee of While You're Away, LLC.  When you decide to take that much needed vacation or medical leave, you contact me and we schedule your time.  Plus a time for training.

After 4 years as a receptionist and Classifieds Manager of the local newspaper, and 8 years prior as a retail Manager at a Paint Your Own Pottery shop, I've decided that While You're Away is a much needed service in Edmonds.  Before my husband and I moved to Washington in 2006 I worked for 17 years in the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory as a lab tech.  I bring a strong sense of responsibility, maturity and care to every client I serve.  I'm licensed, insured and bonded in WA and Edmonds.  I'll treat your business as if it were my own, While You're Away.

 

Skills and Expertise

8 years as Manager at Glazed & Amazed

  • Manage overall store operations; schedule employees, process payroll and provide administrative support to business owner

  • Provide friendly reception, answered questions, and assist customers

  • Process customer payments including credit/debit card and cash transactions

  • Settle register and credit card machines for evening closing

  • Handle incoming calls from customers and suppliers

  • Manage inventory database, order stock as necessary and catalog incoming stock

  • Create visual displays, contribute to social networking and email marketing activities

4 years as Classifieds Manager at Beacon Publishing

  • Create classified pages for three local newspapers

  • Manage At Your Service display advertising

  • Process monthly billing for advertising customers

  • Answer phones and carry out receptionist duties

  • Co-manage newspaper circulation and carriers

  • Assists editors with proofreading

Proficient with email, cash register programs, multi-line phone systems, Microsoft programs, QuickBooks, Excel, Google docs, internet use

 

References

Jenn Barker, General Manager, Beacon Publishing, Inc  gm@yourbeacon.net   425-347-5634

Judy Salinas, Owner Glazed & Amazed judyjudyjudy80@hotmail.com   425-673-5474

Barb Deaton
bideaton@comcast.net   206-546-8602

Scott Walden, Events Manager, Seattle Choruses scottw@seattlechoruses.org    206-323-0750

Deborah Wertz                                                        dswertz@gmail.com   425-466-5211
 

 

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Testimonials

What an amazing service Lori offers for small business. We have called on Lori several times and she has really saved us when we had no coverage for the store. I love her professional manner and always feel confident leaving my business with her.
— Judy Salinas, Glazed & Amazed LLC
I didn’t worry about a thing while I was off on a recent vacation. When I got back Lori had gone above & beyond my expectations. We’ll be using her services again for sure!
— James Spangler, Spangler's Books
We have used Lori on several occasions and will continue to use her services in the future! I was very confident leaving my business with her. She is professional and trustworthy and I was able to leave and not worry as i have in the past.
— Laura Apgar, Paint Your World
Lori, from While You’re Away, was a magnificent boon during the time we had her scheduled. She added a fantastic energy to the store that I find myself wishing could have persisted beyond the holiday season. Lori was quick to pick up the product knowledge needed to become an asset to our team and was always professional in the ways she handles herself and her independent business. Should a similar need arise, I have no doubt that our first call would be to While You’re Away.
— Mason Fraker, ArtSpot

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