I’m immensely proud of what our team has built (and intend to keep building CODO for at least another decade), but founding and growing a business in the economy we enjoyed from 2009 to 2019 is no major feat. So long as we brought in more money than we spent on overhead, we could stay in business. This is a gross oversimplification of what it takes to properly run a business, to be sure, but there’re some important truths in there. Some other guiding principles we’ve learned along the way include:
– Take care of your team first.
– Treat people with respect (and assume they know something you don’t).
– Avoid debt (and plan for hard times).
– Everything is your responsibility (no one is coming to save you).
– Constantly improve your service and existing relationships.
– Never let dust settle on any process.
– Constantly (constantly!) be reading. And writing.
– Nothing is ever really finished.
– Don’t start drinking before lunch. Even on Fridays.
– Everyone is making it up as they go.