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Investing in People2:46 with Paul Boag
People need an opportunity to socialize, train, and recuperate after hard work. Investing in people can result in an improvement in work and better morale for your company.
One of the most important things when running a lifestyle 0:00 business is to invest in your people. 0:02 Now when I say your people, I'm not just referring to your employees, 0:06 I'm referring to you as well. 0:09 It's just as important to invest in yourself as it is to people you take home. 0:11 If you do have a team, socialize with that team. Build a team spirit. 0:16 You need to be a group of people that come together and do fun stuff together. 0:22 It shouldn't be all work all the time. 0:27 Otherwise, you're going to drive each other mad before too long. 0:29 If you're by yourself, I encourage you to get out and meet people. 0:32 It can be a very lonely and isolating experience running your own business 0:36 and it's so important to hang out with people 0:41 that are in the same situation as you. 0:43 So I encourage you to go and meet up, conferences 0:45 all those kinds of things, any opportunity to hang out 0:48 with other freelancers and web designers. 0:51 You need to be interacting with other people that are working on the web 0:55 and you certainly need to grab every opportunity that's available. 0:59 Another really important part is to invest in yourself through training. 1:02 Now you already know this. You see in here, watching this video right now. 1:09 Of course you know that training is important 1:13 but you also need to make sure that all your other 1:16 members of staff have the opportunity as well. 1:19 I'm also sorry to break it to you that watching 1:22 Treehouse videos isn't enough by itself. 1:25 There are other things you can do as well. 1:28 You can attend conferences.That's great. 1:30 What about reading some books? 1:32 The most important thing is to set aside time to learn and experiment. 1:35 For example, I know of many web designers that set 1:40 aside a day or week for personal projects. 1:43 An opportunity to try out new things and all the stuff 1:46 that you're learning on courses like this. 1:49 Training is important but so as time to recuperate. 1:53 We push ourselves too hard as business owners. 1:57 Keep working hours under control. 2:01 I know a lot of you love your job, you love playing with the web, 2:04 you love technology, you're a geek at heart 2:08 but that doesn't mean it's healthy or good for you to be working long hours. 2:11 You need to have generous holidays. 2:16 You need to have interest beyond the web. 2:20 Yes. There are things like real life too. Get out there. Do other stuff. 2:22 Christmas for example. Consider closing down over Christmas. 2:27 Nothing ever happens anyway. 2:31 No work gets done between Christmas and New Year. 2:33 So why bother working? 2:35 Have a life beyond web design. 2:37 It will improve the quality of your work and I'll tell you something else, 2:39 they'll win you more business. 2:43
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