Hey DN, I've got a few designers and interns working underneath me now and I'm finding it extremely difficult to wrangle them all in and balance their skills. Got any tips or practical advice/anecdotes? I keep feeling like I'm in over my head.
After graduating high school, I was a freelance designer for nearly a decade. I was doing well and getting a ton of good experience, but I was terrible at running the business. I didn't want to keep the books, but loved the project-management and design/dev aspect of the gigs. The client-freelancer relationship made sense to me – I like the idea of me having my shit and you having yours and our relationship being (ideally) equalized with contracts and mutual necessity. I worked from home for around seven years dealing with clients almost exclusively via email before taking my first full-timer with a startup.
Long story short: me no human.
I keep feeling like everybody's at three-quarters throttle. The skills are there, I'm almost positive, but that last 10% that takes projects from good to great is rarely present. I'm one to feel like it's always my fault – which I feel like this is – so I know there's got to be a way to motivate them and really push the limits of their skills. All of this makes me sound super pushy, but I'm the complete opposite and that's probably part of the problem. I just push myself really hard and, I guess, expect the same from everyone around me.
Long day. Any advice?