Posted on 15 October 2016
IO42 is a relatively new company and setting it up has been one of the hardest things I've ever done, the ups and down and the stress are incredible, but I truly believe the best way of getting around this is by surrounding yourself with the best people.
The IO42 team as they were October 2016
When I setup IO42 getting my first member of staff was easy, he is a friend and I had been working with him for a few years already, he is frankly the best graphical designer I have worked with.
From there it was a little harder, working as a two some out of my kitchen was fun if limiting but we were soon joined by another good friend who really brought a lot to the character to the company, she helped us move into our first offices, and although I knew she would only be with us for a short time when she left it was hard.
My first employee proper was hard to find, but when we found him we knew he was right, the right skills, the right personality, simply put the right fit, I was looking forward to him learning about the industry we are so passionate about.
The next few employees were old time friends that I knew could do the job and I would not only enjoy building a business with but I would also enjoy coming into work each day and spending time with them.
We had one more hole in the team which was hard to fill but eventually we found that person and it felt like we had the best team to take us forward and build the company to the next level.
We are a family, a unit that works hard and has fun, but, and this is the hard one, we all want to do the best in life, to advance our careers and sometimes our great company can't fulfil that.
When you are a close team, when one of you leaves its hard, so here I am loosing my first member of staff to another company and I don't mind admitting that it is hard.
I wish him well in his new career and hope he achieves all the success he deserves, we will all miss him but we must move on with our own careers and produce the best Digital Marketing company in the world.
Good luck mate.