How to prepare your agency team for success before a vacation

As a project manager, it can be hard to truly disconnect during a vacation from work, but with some planning you can set your team up for success. While this could change with the size of your team, current projects, and your agency’s structure, it’s important to implement a plan because everyone needs time away from work - not working vacations.

Why You Need Hands-Off Leadership in Your Agency

Hands-off leadership is key to creating a strong, highly-functioning team. While it's a challenge, creating a culture built off of this principle is worth it. Your agency is growing, your teams are creating some amazing work, and you have new clients every month, but you’re barely hanging on. Each day is filled with meetings and check-ins, which means you don’t have time for the business development you want.

The 5 realms of project management hell

Poor project management can turn a promising new project into the project from hell. From tight deadlines and crushing budgets, to last minute changes that make you want to give up and open a bakery. But project management is an area you must dominate if you want to run a successful creative studio or agency. We all know what it's like when a client requests changes here, there and everywhere, but all of these little changes can add up to much bigger problems; project management hell!

10 ways to shine during your next client project

Good project management is important to the success of any client project. If you’re new to freelancing, building solid project management skills now will pay off for years to come. However effective project management requires practice and a certain degree of experimentation. So let's take a look at 10 areas where you can shine during your next client project.

Getting clients to behave during projects

In my seven years of freelancing, I can't recall having any client that caused me a lot of headache. I've had several prospects that did, but none of my clients really caused me trouble. Most of them paid before the invoice due date (and those who didn’t paid shortly after), they were always responsive and provided things in a timely manner, and I never had to hunt them down to get them to do something.