Member Spotlight: Jon Schickedanz, The Alliance of Creative Professionals

Jon M. SchickedanzMeet Jon Schickedanz (@schickie), president of The Alliance of Creative Professionals. A self-described “fierce advocate for the creative professional,” he also leads his own creative-services business, Cadre C2C. Here’s what he had to say:

What title did you give yourself (i.e. Owner, president, CEO, founder)? Why did you choose that title? President. First, the title wasn’t chosen as so as given by our Board of Directors. As much as it was a choice by myself and the board to title the head of the organization as president goes to our desire to model best practices for organizations that wish to do business with members of whom we refer to as the client – class. It’s a conservative choice, but one that was specific.

How many people do you have on your team? We have five board members, as many as 10 volunteers at any one time, and nearly 10 on our advisory board. We are staffed primarily by volunteers. It is our plan to be operational with a full-time staff within the next two years.

Best part(s) of being a business owner: It may sound trite however, the best part of being a business “owner” is ownership for actions, decisions, success, failure, screw ups, and the ability to make strategic decisions about my time and the direction of the company without going ten rounds with anyone but my kids.

Most challenging part(s) of being a business owner: It’s pretty much the same as the best part. It is not without its compromises both professional, personal. A double-edged sword cuts both ways, and I’m swinging it.

One thing you wish someone told you before you started your own business: You can never have enough reserve capital, and make sure the value proposition is so simple an eighth-grader can understand it.

Your business outlook for 2013: We’re very excited for 2013.  We have our first major education initiative starting in a month, our database is growing weekly, and we’ve got a great year planned.  This is proving to be our best year ever.

 

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Bridget Ingebrigtsen owns Write On Command, a company that provides writing and editing services to businesses and not-for-profits. Bridget describes her six-year stint as Anchor Advisors' writer/editor as being "mutually beneficial" -- she helps Anchor Advisors keep their written projects on track and Anchor Advisors helps her keep her business on track. When she's not running her business, Bridget is running after her four children, two dogs and the latest in entertainment news. Connect with Bridget on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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