I’ve been building my company for more than a year now, depending on when you start the calendar.
If you count from the first time I worked with a private coaching client (summer of 2011), then it’s two years. If you count from the time I hired my first contractor, we’re at about 18 months. If you count from my first day full-time in the business, it’s slightly more than a year.
At any rate, we’re new in the business, but not as new as we were yesterday.
Last week, we passed a major milestone in welcoming a new contractor to our team, Megan Constantino. Megan is full of energy and enthusiasm and brings a slightly different skill set to the mix; her background is traditional publicity, marketing, and PR.
So, I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled programming of buzz tips and book launch wisdom to bring some serious sap to this space.
While it’s true that we have not yet been together in one place, and while it’s true that most of the contractors who work for my company have never met in person, we are building an unstoppable community, a team of collaborators who will work hard to help our clients accomplish their goals. I am constantly in awe of our team’s creativity, willingness to share ideas, and dedication.
Angie keeps our work running smoothly by creating and managing important behind the scenes processes. Because of Angie, we have Basecamp, and Harvest — Highrise and IPN.
Carrie is our book launch specialist extraordinaire. She creates amazing landing pages and knows the book launch process as well as I do, anticipating and planning needed tasks.
Molly is an all-star community manager. She is facilitating new engagement on our Twitter and Facebook pages and challenging us all, as team, to understand and use metrics to improve our work on clients’ behalf.
Joanna is steady behind the scenes, wrangling my calendar, serving the team and our clients with ease and kindness.
Amy is a powerhouse of creative ideas and execution on behalf of clients. She is also exceedingly organized and persistent, while seemingly unflappable in chaotic conditions.
Rachel, John, John, Anthony, Karen, Amanda, Keri, Brad, Elizabeth, Donna, Hannah, and Dan add their expertise and support the work of the core team in sometimes invisible but absolutely important ways.
Rachel designs beautiful websites.
Amanda ships clients books.
Anthony is our superfast creative, providing many of the square graphics you see us share.
John M. develops websites and helps troubleshoot, daily.
Donna ghostwrites and edits.
Karen faithfully serves and can step into almost any project easily to help.
John S. designs amazing PDFs and E-books.
Elizabeth and Hannah implement social media sharing on behalf of clients.
Keri organizes my office, and supports me at home so I can be free to work without distraction.
Brad builds cool plugins.
Dan, our awesome intern, does whatever I ask, including (I’ll admit it) bringing me mochas.
We could not do what we do without the amazing contributions of our team and crew.
I love them. That’s all.