From Copywriter To CEO With Content Strategist Abby Herman

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Like many small business owners, Abby started her business on the side, working as a copywriter and content creator, while working full-time as a school teacher. She now runs a successful business with employees of her own.

On this episode of the podcast, Abby and I talk about taking your business through many different stages of growth, including updating, or even changing your services as your expertise and your market grow, learning to let go as we begin to hire contractors and employees, and the many mistakes we make along the way (Abby confesses to going through several hires early on before realizing she wasn’t prepared to hire effectively just yet!).

We also discuss the pros and cons of hiring contractors vs. employees, and when it’s time to transition from the former to the latter. As an added bonus, we also discuss specifically hiring a content strategist for your business as one of several people you may want to add to your contractor team, and why doing so can really fuel your business forward.

“If you’ve been in business for 5-6 years, going the DIY route or educating yourself on [content creation] is not what you need. You need to delegate this work out at this point in your business.” - Abby Herman

KEY POINTS

  • Marketing is critical, even when business is good - “Stopping when you’re full creates hills and valleys in your income”
  • As a CEO, your job is to run your company, and it’s not doing all the things in your business.
  • Many business owners may start with independent contractors, but there is a limitation with hiring contractors, and you will need to eventually transition to hiring employees.
  • Letting go as a business owner is hard - but understand you are building a relationship with someone when you hire them, and this takes time. Be patient with the process.

ABOUT THE GUEST

Abby Herman is a content strategist and coach for service-based business owners who want to gain visibility for their businesses with personalized content strategies and implementation. She specializes in idea generation and content strategy and delivery so her clients can keep on doing what they love in their businesses, making the marketing piece feel easy. Abby is the voice behind the Stories in Small Business podcast where she features guests and solo episodes to talk about business growth and mindset, content strategy and visibility. She hosts Content Mastery Lab, a growing membership program to help newer business owners DIY their content marketing, because she knows from experience that there’s nothing more frustrating than not knowing where to start. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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