Who’s on your team?


One of the benefits of being self-employed is that I get to be the creator, the decision maker and the implementer. I choose the path I’m on and I get to experiment my own way. In choosing to be a solopreneurI get to be the control freak that I really am.

However, over the years I’ve come to realize how time-consuming and difficult it is to wear every hat in the business. I’ve run myself ragged just trying to keep up with trends, technology, marketing, administration, plus my own creative work.

I now realize how important it is to have a good team to work with.  A good team means I have people I can trust and rely on. I can stop trying to do it all by myself. I can take pride in what I do well and use the skills of others where I need them.

For instance, although I am good with budgeting and basic finances, I have an accountant on my team who makes sure I complete my tax return correctly. And I have a virtual assistant/web designer who can quickly solve the thorny problems that arise with newsletters and websites – problems that would take me days to solve on my own. I have colleagues in the field of career counselling and coaching to share ideas with and create joint projects. This keeps my thinking fresh and keeps me accountable and motivated.

I have experts on marketing who can do a much better job at promoting my services than I can.

How can you create a team to enhance your creative life?

– Recognize what you’re good at and where you need help (complementary gifts)
– Appreciate what others bring to your table
– Delegate specific tasks that others can do better than you
– Reward and recognize your team members
– Join a group that challenges your thinking and keeps you motivated and accountable
– Find or create a support group of folks like you and stay connected to them
– Keep your team fresh by adding new people and saying goodbye to those who are no longer helpful

So, who’s on your team?

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