Whether in the past, currently, or at some point in the future, everybody will have to endure a tedious job or task by themselves. And for many, working alone proves better for them than working in a group. Even though I consider myself to be a lone wolf at times, I try to remember that every wolf has a pack.
Starting G2N has been a road never traveled and while we’ve learned a lot from our success, we’ve definitely learned even more from our failures. Failures build success, and learning this early on will help you keep your head in the game. This may be a lonely road to travel at times, and not something many others will understand, but having like-minded people around to bounce ideas off of and spread out the work can make it more bearable.
Trying to do everything by yourself never works. It might for a little while, but inevitably you’ll get overwhelmed, and worse, burned out. And that’s when things get overlooked. Everyone needs a team, and your team members need buddies. G2N’s team members all work other jobs until we become financially stable. It’s a challenge to set deadlines and establish a stable work environment and ethic, especially via the Internet. But once I established an online office and paired people up on projects using the buddy system, we finally started to make progress.
The buddy system really does work! For example, our Go2Yogis social media pages used to be handled by one yogini. And to be honest, it was hard for her to build that persona by herself. Self motivation can prove difficult sometimes, especially when you have a ton of other things going on. So we were on a quest to find someone who could team up with her at the same time we were looking for a new blogger, and we met our yogini’s perfect match. They immediately took to each other and the Go2Yogis persona has taken off. Something as simple as having another person to lean on and share a common goal really brings out the passion and dedication in both parties.
Finding people that have the same vision as you will take time but when you meet the right person or persons, you’ll know, and it will all be worth it. It’s taken G2N a year and half to build a strong team, and there’s a good chance our team will continue to evolve. People grow and lives change, so it’s important to find those few partners that are in it for the long haul. There’s nothing like being around inspiring, and inspired, people. It takes my creativity to the next level, and leaves me excited for the next step.
Sharing your best-kept business ideas can be scary, but here are a few ways G2N protects its ideas and property:
- Make everyone(friends, family, and/or team members) sign a legally binding NDA, (Non-Disclosure Agreement). You can find templates on Google and change them to fit your needs.
- Don’t share ideas with anyone not directly invested in your start-up.
- Check personal and business references.
- Have new team members take a short personality test. We always give questions that are centered on ethics (and yes some are a bit tricky), but it shows us how people would react in ethical situations, which is very important to us at G2N.
- Know the people you’re working with, and if they’re new to the team a trial period is a great idea. This gives both you and new members time to make sure they’re the right fit before giving them the keys to the candy store, so to speak.
- Empower your team! This builds loyalty and dedication. When someone feels needed and appreciated, their dedication will increase.
Remember that two heads are always better than one – that’s at the core of the buddy system- and it really does take a team to do a job right. Using the buddy system helps people take responsibility for their work. When each one is accountable to the other it will drive them to work harder and better.
Schussler, Steve. “8.” It’s A Jungle In There. New York: Union Square, 2010. 61. Print.