These days, we're all looking for a way to cut costs, shore up our foundations, and make our businesses just that little bit simpler.
I was in a small group call the other day and one of the women on the call compared this moment in our businesses to when a jigsaw puzzle gets knocked to the floor, scattering pieces everywhere. The great thing is that we don’t have to pick all the pieces – we get to pick and choose.
This might mean re-examining your business model or changing up your service offerings. This might even mean reevaluating the structure of your team.
Today we're going to talk about one member of that team, the project manager.
Having project managers as a specific position on your team is a choice that can drive what your business looks like. It's a choice that can ultimately determine what your position as a founder looks like. Are you a manager of managers? Do you directly work with clients? It can mean a difference between running your business as a solopreneur or running your operation agency-style.
Bringing on a project manager is the right choice for some businesses, but not for every business. And it's certainly not a required position.
Today, I'm talking to Sean McMullin, lead consultant for production and management at the podcast production company Yellow House Media. You might recognize his name from the credits of this show because he's also the producer of Break the Ceiling.
Sean works directly with clients to create custom editorial calendars, production workflows, and distribution systems as well as managing full-service podcast production. Together, we're going to attempt to tackle the question of when do you need a project manager? And when is it a choice that might needlessly increase your costs and your complexity?
Listen to the full episode to hear:
- How a project manager has been a critical role in the growth of Yellow House Media
- How knowing whether or not you need a project manager depends on the kind of business you want to run
- When a project manager IS a critical team member and when it might it not be
- How to make plans to scale your team as you grow