SLIPPING THROUGH THE CRACKS
i don’t often talk about the struggles of starting my own business because i like to keep this blog a pretty positive and inspiring place. but lately there has been something really getting to me and i thought i would share…and ask for your advice!
starting designlovefest + blogshop has been some of the most exciting times of my life. traveling, learning a ton, growing as a business person, finding out what i truly love to do most (which surprisingly hasn’t been graphic design these days) at the same time, i also have a growing fear of things slipping through the cracks. i never really considered myself a “manager” type and now all of a sudden i am managing at least 7 or 8 people daily between my 2 businesses. believe me, this feels very thrilling for me, but to be completely honest, i have no idea how to do that. i am trying my best to answer all of the emails, give people tasks and deadlines, learning how to give constructive criticism and create boundaries. and on top of that do my own tasks! it all feels a little like a guessing game right now.
everything happened very quickly, and my standards began growing and growing. which meant i had to ask for help and manage others. listen, i am a creative type. i don’t listen to my own schedules, i procrastinate…i almost always get things done but it’s never in an organized fashion. so all of a sudden i am having to find a way to appear strong and to take on a leadership role. i am still learning how to let go of some of the control (which is probably my biggest battle) and one of the most valuable things i have learned is to put a lot of effort into training because it will only help in the end.
i am not the girl that throws around compliments. i’m pretty hard on myself, which has made me pretty hard on others. it’s not a quality that i love about myself but i am working on it. i used to, if i didn’t love a task someone did, do it myself. it felt easier that way, rather than explaining all of the things that needed to change and then hope the second time was better. no no no. that might help that time but that doesn’t fix anything longterm. now i try to spell out the things that were great, the things i need to see changed and give guidance on the next time. seems like common sense, but i definitely learned the hard way on this one.
have you started a business and feel underwater sometimes when it comes to managing? do you have any tips on how to make this transition smoother? now it’s my turn to ask for a little advice…i appreciate any of your guidance, your comments always mean so much to me. -bri
(photo source: into the gloss)