Grow: THAT is the answer

_Note: also posted on “The Blog Studio”: blog._

After consulting with a number of people I know and trust, I’ve made the decision to move ahead and grow my business. Current challenges have to be overcome, and future opportunities abound. I need great people here to work with me.

Today Michael Caputo and Lucia Mancuso joined Richard and I at TBS world headquarters. Mike is an excellent designer, with a keen eye for balance and placement. His work has an elegance that fits well with my aesthetic. He’s pretty handy with xhtml and css too.

Lucia joins us as project manager. She is here to save me from myself. Ask any of my current clients, and they’ll tell you what I mean. She’s been here for a day, and already there’s a sense of control returning. Lucia will take over the tasks that I don’t particularly excel at or enjoy. This will allow me to focus more on design and managing the overall creative direction.

I would like to thank my clients for having the patience to stick with me during this nutty growth spurt. I’m writing this publicly to preemptively let the blogosphere know we’ve “experienced slippage” in many of our recent milestones. If you’re going to hear about problems with my company, I want you to hear them from me.

I’ll tell you honestly: I misjudged my workload. I hadn’t factored in the slack to allow anything to go wrong. Hence, once somthing did, it spiraled into a nasty storm at a wholly inopportune time (of course).

The addition of Mike and Lucia to the team is specifically to help us get back on track. As a result, we’re not going to be starting any new work until Dec. We are booking work though, so if you have a project you would like to discuss with us, please do so sooner rather than later. This will ensure we can get it on the schedule as early as possible.

There’s lots of lessons here, not the least of which is “be careful what you wish for”.