Location – Los Angeles, CA
Company – Monforte studio
Services – Branding and web design + business mentor. Full rebrands, web design, and development
Team members – Before Grindaholics Anonymous – 1 on and off contractor.
After Grindaholics Anonymous – Before Grindaholics Anonymous – 1 on and off contractor. After grindaholics anonymous – 4 team members including: project manager, designer, developer, and social media manager
Before I joined Grindaholics Anonymous, I couldn’t book more projects. That was the big one. I was debating if I book more projects or, do I hire or charge more and scale back. It was this constant back and forth.
I was fully burnt out; it was tough to step away from work.
On top of that, I would book contractors for project-based work, and then it would work sometimes, and other times it wouldn’t work out. I wasn’t getting consistent help and the thought of having someone regularly felt unattainable.
Once I found the program on Instagram, it took a minute for me to get financially ready. Then this year, I was like, “Okay, I’m just gonna make it work.”
Knowing that your program is the only one specifically talking about hiring pushed me to join. Other programs will help you grow your agency or how you market and blah, blah, blah. But Grindaholics Anonymous was the only program that specifically teaches hiring and all of the processes behind having a team.
After joining the program, I now have direction. I felt like coaching calls were great because I tend to overthink things and get in my head. So that was helpful. It was nice having a space where I could talk through things, whatever I was working on.
I think curriculum-wise, the biggest part is the middle, the bulk of the hiring process. Hiring was where I was struggling, but I benefited from much of the initial groundwork. The org chart and all those things that are part of it that I never, I didn’t even know existed. If I want to continue to grow, I need to know what makes sense in each role and get clear on what tasks are assigned to them.
Once I got to the hiring process, everything was very helpful, and I feel like that has been a big part of where I’m now. Being able to bring the right people through the hiring process and feel like I knew what I was doing is amazing. Before, I was overwhelmed creating the application, figuring out where to post, and what to do with it. The whole thing was a lot, and now I better understand how to make that process smoother.
I actually have communication with my team. Before, I thought, “Why do I need a project tracker if it’s just me doing everything?” Now my team and I talk in Slack and do stuff in ClickUp. I have also stepped back and reassessed my services and offerings. I can take a step back and plan future launches outside of the day-to-day maintenance of the business. The task and the team analysis played a role because I realized we could take on more projects but make the process more refined.
Something transformational for me, I launched a mentorship. After taking a step back to see my business differently, I could better understand how we can create an impact. I have a greater sense of where I take this and how I like serving my community instead of just being the service provider. And I’ve also realized I don’t have to be afraid to bring someone on to help me with that.
Since graduating, I have had more time and flexibility to enjoy life and work on passion projects. I’ve been way better at taking weekends off. I’d say like three out of four weekends. I’m always trying to wrap the day up by a certain time to have more time to make dinner and hang out with my partner.
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