Today, I’m very excited to announce two additions to our writing team here at GDB.
Bianca Board and Ben Brush have both accepted offers to join our team and I absolutely can’t wait to start regularly publishing their amazing work!
Both Bianca and Ben bring some fantastic experience to the team to join with April and myself. Please join me in the comments to welcome these new members of our team! You can also connect even more with the GDB writing team in the GDB Insiders facebook group.
Bianca Board joins us from Australia and has gone from a one-woman graphic design agency to a thriving web design business with 20 employees.
If starting, building, or growing your business to a multi-employee, mid-sized agency is what you’re looking for, you’ll want to pay close attention to the posts Bianca publishes here at GDB.
And even if you’re not interested in building your own agency, keep an eye out for Bianca’s content. It’s going to rock. (You probably remember her recent post, “97 Habits Of Insanely Profitable Designers.”)
Ben Brush hails from the great land of Nova Scotia where he’s a hard-working freelance designer. Ben’s got a great knack for talking clearly and simply about topics that really matter when it comes to the business of design. (You most likely remember Ben’s popular post, “4 ways designers can survive in a world where “everybody is a designer.”)
If you’re interested in seeing how a successful designer is building his business every day as a one-man-show, Ben’s your guy. He’ll hook you up with tips on being a successful freelancer, finding clients, building a portfolio and tons more.
And there you have it, two amazing new writers to join April (who I should also add does such an amazing job here at GDB as well, right!?) and myself as we strive weekly to publish content that can truly help you succeed.
Again, join me in the comments to welcome these new members of our team!
Tomorrow (Fri 11/22), you’ll see a fantastic new post from Ben and first thing Monday (11/25) morning, keep an eye out for new content from Bianca.
Going at it solo vs. Hiring others to help
Making the decision to hire regular writers (instead of producing all the content myself or just publishing guest posts) was not an easy one.
Make no mistake, it was a smart decision, just not an easy one.
I’ve always been a fan of building something of your own. Something you are proud of. Something you can say is “yours.”
And because of that, I’ve always thought I had to do all the work myself.
But I realized about 1.5 years into running a blog that having a “solopreneur” mentality was not only making life hard for me, but really hurting the GDB audience.
3 advantages to hiring new teammates
Today, I want to show you five reasons I’ve hired these writers and hope that it can relate to you as you’re building your creative business.
1. More people = more points of view.
April, Bianca, and Ben each have a unique set of experiences (both in business and in life) that allow them to see things differently than I can myself.
These added points of view not only make the discussion and content at the blog more varied and interesting, but ultimately make reading this blog more enjoyable.
Instead of hearing my theories on business over and over, you can hear about what all four of us are doing to find success in our own unique ways.
Ideally, you can relate to one of the four of us on a deep enough level that it truly helps you take your design business to the next level.
2. Teammates help keep you on track.
This is no secret: sometimes I miss deadlines.
Even (and maybe especially) when I have set those deadlines for myself. Can you relate?
Having teammates to encourage you, remind you, and push you along will help you get where you’re going more quickly. My new team, for example, already knows that I’m publishing this post two days later than I had originally hoped.
And they’ve already reached out to ask me what the plan is.
Does that make it harder? Yes.
But will I stay on course more as I grow the blog and business?
3. Teammates provide feedback.
There are many more reasons why you should consider branching out from being a “solopreneur,” but the last one I want to focus on is feedback.
As we brainstorm content here for GDB, I look forward to the feedback each team member will offer. Together, we will be better than either four of us could be on our own.
And you, the reader, will reap the benefits.
I predict you’ll see a huge leap in quality of content here at the blog with this exciting new change. You’ll see content we’ve never talked about before. You’ll see opinions we’ve never expressed before. You’ll have epiphanies about business that you’ve never even thought of before.
It’s going to rock.
So thanks for being here. Thanks for reading. And here’s to an amazing future together!