When we first started OrangeCoat everything was fun. Design, sales, marketing, hell I even enjoyed writing proposals. I spent a lot of time on each proposal, wrote jokes into the proposal, and tried to give each a personality of its own. I no longer like to write proposals.
And that, in a nut shell, is why companies have to grow. The same person can't do the same jobs forever. Sooner or later, he loses his edge. Repetition grinds on the soul and that is something that a creative company can not afford. That is why in year three of OrangeCoat we have plans to grow. We can't afford not to do this. It is not just an output formula (x number of people can create y websites at z profit), it is a quality formula. We need that fresh blood to inspire, challenge, and push us. We need to see the creative world through other peoples eyes. We need growth.
For those interested in starting a business or if you are running a micro business right now growth might be a hard step for you to take. I know it was for me. Letting go of the work, trusting outside people to create for you and trusting yourself to create enough work to pay for these outside workers are all tough things to do. But it is worth it. You will see an improved product and hopefully a more profitable product too.
This is an exciting step for us- it is time to grow and to let others inspire us and, hopefully, inspire others.
For now, all I can tell you is stay tuned, with growth comes pains and we will be writing about this step more in the future. It is an unknown path for us and we are looking forward to the journey. For those looking for work, send us your resume (email@example.com). We aren't hiring tomorrow but we will be hiring and we are looking for talented web people. For companies that didn't hire us in past because we only had two people- no more f'ing excuses. OrangeCoat is growing.