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Question 2 before you work together: roles

The second question on my list of things to talk about before going into business or starting a project together is: 

What are your ideal roles, and how can you get there? 

(See post #1 in this series here:

At the start of a business or project, everyone usually wears a lot of hats.  This can create an environment of energy and teamwork… or it can lead to resentment and wasted time.  If one person takes on more than they feel is their share, or gets stuck with too many tasks they really hate, they won’t be a happy team member.  And necessary work can fall through the cracks if no one feels like it should be their job.

So, before you start, have a conversation about what everyone is going to need to do to get off the ground, and also about what everyone would want to do in an ideal situation.  It can be helpful to have everyone write their own “job description” without regard to what actually needs to get done, and then look at the leftover tasks so you can assign them wisely and make plans, where appropriate, for taking them off your plates eventually.

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