When we first start, It is easy to be a one-person show you control deadlines, client on-boarding, and all the other business aspects. A euphoric feeling of drive, achievement, and power, a reminder of how far you’ve come. From being unemployed, working a dead-end job or general unhappiness to doing something that brings out your best qualities ad puts them on display for the world to see. 

However, as the venture expands one person is not enough to keep up with the demand. Nor is it enough to handle expansion plans, when they arise. Thus, it means adding new people to the team or collaborating with others in the same field. A tough pill to swallow for some and new adventure for others. At any rate, this is usually a straight forward task, but occasionally hiccups arise, especially when the new additions have a different work ethic. 

When hiccups like this arise, the first instinct is to criticize or get frustrated with them. Both of these options promote unnecessary stress and complications that nobody needs. Instead, of letting things get to that point, I am going to provide you with some options to avoid falling into negatives. 

  1. Set expectations: Let them know what’s going to happen during their employment or collaboration period. Ask for feedback or suggestions to set everything in stone. 
  2. Assign roles: if it is more than two of you, create specific roles, like project manager, creative, accountability manager, or whatever names you like. 
  3. Set milestones: break down tasks into small pieces that can serve as check-in points. 
  4. Keep it constructive: Motivate others to complete their tasks.

Using one or all of these tips will not only help you but will help the entire team by creating a hassle-free environment.


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Ethan is a self-motivated McGill graduate with strong technical expertise, social & digital marketing experience. His work relies on strong communication skills and experience interacting with various levels of stakeholders. Skills: Adept at creating device-adaptive websites and compelling e-commerce stores. Over 8 years of experience in communications, videography and web design, with a thorough understanding of cross-media processes from concept to completion.

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