I have just recently returned from an amazing four week trip to South America. It's been on my bucket list for a while and, having just recently celebrated a milestone birthday, was a present to myself. As anyone who runs their own business knows taking a holiday can seem like the last thing you should do if your business is going to be a success. Obviously, because i've just taken a holiday, i'm hear to tell you differently.
As well as facing my fear of heights over and over again (climbing mountains, zip lining, helicopter rides anyone?!) I also faced the fear of what would happen if I wasn't in the office. I'm very lucky that I have business partner Phil Ore, however, Phil and I work to our strengths and my strengths definitely lean on being the more organised! We decided that we would make the leap and employ our first member of staff to (the rest of the team work as consultants). This was a huge leap for us, not only were we now responsible for ourselves and the business, we were responsible for another human being.
As scary as it was, the lovely Bianca is now an integral member of our team and our business is much better for it. Not only does an extra member of staff ensure you can get more done (we can nearly double our output), but we get a whole new perspective, contact list and enthusiasm to make this business a success.
So you feel more like this:
So, a big leap for us and our business this year, but, like my jump off the mountain, one that proved there was nothing to fear.
Have you made any leaps this year? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below, especially if you've taken on staff members yourself too.
by Samantha Hurley
Written by Samantha Hurley
Sam co-founded Marketing Entourage after spending 18 years in senior sales & marketing positions for companies such as Lonely Planet and The Press Association in Melbourne, New York and London. Sam started out in a design agency and used design thinking to help develop a product that went on to revolutionise the media industry in 2002. Sam also teaches Digital Marketing and Data Driven Marketing at General Assembly. The daughter of an engineer and a designer, she learned to code and design at a young age. She feels she has the mind of a scientist and the heart of an artist and likes to sit in the space where creativity, technology and business converge.