Is it normal at some point to feel like you have little to do?
My 2 friends and I started a startup, it became serious about a year ago. At that point, it felt like there were too many tasks to complete in a day. We all worked 60 hours a week including weekends and it felt like we were constantly busy.
Now, we're at about 18 employees (which is mind-boggling!), I have 7 people working under me and at this point it honestly feels like my day to day is filled with meetings (on Monday I had 7 meetings..), answering slack messages/emails, and then probably 1-2 hours/day of getting my hands dirty. I still occasionally code but that should die down within the next couple weeks.
It's also made me have to improve my skillset in areas that I previously didn't think about. I'd say that's where a lot of my attention has been going. How do I manage people better? How can I learn to communicate better? How do I improve thinking about the bigger picture etc..
It's given me a lot of time to plan and manage, which is very important, but I'm just wondering if this is a "normal" transition that startup founders go through? Are there any resources y'all have used to become better at those aspects that you probably aren't very natural at?
Yeah it's normal. My cofounder and I now have a team of 15 and life isn't about fun things any more - it's meetings about office admin, operational issues, compliance and HR mainly.
This really varies a lot by company, both what you guys do, what your employees do, what you want your culture to be like, etc. It sounds like pretty similar to what I have seen in work environments though, you're probably spending more time helping out the new folks rather than meetings compared to a bigger corporation (7 meetings is actually not super high for somebody managing 7 people) but having a few hours a day "free" seems about right for 7 employees. Once you're managing double that, expect your "free" time to go to 0, and you'll also need to appoint 1-2 senior folks below you.
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