A Team of Two: The 30-Day Blog Challenge, Day 16Posted by Jessica Oman
One of the greatest challenges of building my own business has been learning to let go of all the things that people think define “success” – 7-figure revenues, dozens of staff, a huge office, a lunch room with a beer tap. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at a networking event and been asked, “So – how many people do you employ?”
The response that I never verbalize is: “Who cares?”
This is the third most irritating question I get from people I meet at events, after “So how old are you, anyway?” and “Do you have an MBA?”
(the answers are 34 and yes, if you really want to know).
I know people are asking because they’re trying to put my business in some sort of context of their own experience, and they’re looking for a frame of reference. A way to measure my credibility and see if I fit the standards of someone they might like to work with.
So in today’s 30-day blog challenge post, we’re being asked to discuss how to build a team around your vision. As you know, there’s just me and Celeste here at the office. We have contractors in Vancouver, Toronto and Prince Edward Island. I’d like to bring on some more administrative support, but you know what? I’m just not that interested in building my team right now.
What I want to do instead is make sure the people I have already hired get the vision and are on board with it. Celeste sure is – and she’s got a pretty amazing project in the works that I can’t wait to tell you about.
What we do here at Write Ahead is empower people to take control of their lives and careers through entrepreneurship. To provide advice and support new business ideas without passing judgement. I truly believe there’s a way to make any type of business work – you just have to learn how to put all the pieces into place. Our business plans are the result of that process.
Got it, team? Good.
If that vision speaks to you, will you share yours? Where do you see your business in 1-3 years, and who is going to help you get there?