I think my team hates me

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I think my team hates me

A reader writes:

I think my team hates me.  I feel like I'm doing everything I'm supposed to be doing as a PM but they make it seem like I'm bothering them anytime I try to do my job.  I try to be personable and I think I'm likable but it doesn't seem to be doing me any good.  I'm freaked out because if I don't start doing well, I feel like I could get fired - this place has fired people in my role before.  How do I get my team to like me so I can do my job??

First off, can I just say that I find this one of the hardest parts of project management?  For me, personally.  I feel like I have to be liked in order to be effective.  So this kind of "MY TEAM HATES ME" issue is one of my biggest obstacles to doing well.  Okay, now that you know that I not only commiserate with you, but that I *am* you, let's get to the "answer".

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Why don't some companies have Project Management as a role?

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Why don't some companies have Project Management as a role?

A reader writes:

I have been a PM for a while now and I have talked to quite a few people who say they don't have project managers in their companies - companies where I would expect to see a PM.  They didn't think it was odd, but I did.  Why do some companies forego the PM role?

GOOD QUESTION.  I feel like I'm constantly saying to non-PMs that have questions about how to run projects "do you have a project manager on staff?" It's hard for me to fathom why anyone wouldn't have a PM, but there are some fairly solid reasons why some companies don't.  Fairly.  Like, mostly.  Or at least a little bit.  Sort of.

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Should I make myself a website?

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Should I make myself a website?

Have you found it valuable to create a personal website? I want to put something together that showcases my work, but I'm:

1. Not sure how valuable this would be in an application review. I have (some) media links referenced on LinkedIn, but not a link to everything I've worked on;

2. I want to make sure I'm utilizing my time wisely in my job search. I feel it's important for me to showcase my creative ability (in writing and in the different initiatives I can manage) but I'm honestly not sure where to start. I've never freelanced before and it seems a great next step in terms of continually developing skills/proving my skills and income.

Thoughts? Any  suggestions?

Great question.

  1. It's totally valuable.  

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Can a solo freelancer hire a PM, and why would they want to?

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Can a solo freelancer hire a PM, and why would they want to?

A reader writes:

Is it financially feasible for a solo freelancer (Ex: Developer, Designer, Marketing Consultant, etc.) to hire or partner with a PM on their projects? How can a one person shop afford to hire someone like you without taking a loss on the project?

As a follow-up, what are some of the benefits of working with a PM when you specialize in another discipline? How can I leverage the fact that I have a PM on my "team" to better sell my services and provide a better client experience?

Why yes, yes it is feasible for a solo freelancer to hire or partner with a PM on their projects.  But before I go into that, let's start with your follow up:  what are some of the benefits of working with a PM and how can you leverage them? 

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Do I even know what I'm doing??

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Do I even know what I'm doing??

A reader writes:

I recently (about 4 months ago) took on a role as the only PM in my company.  I came from a small agency where my role was pretty well defined, and in this new job, I was able to "make my own job description".  That sounded really good at the time but now I have no structure and no process, but I'm still expected to be managing projects for people who don't even know what a PM *does*, let alone what I need to be able to do my job.  It's gotten to the point where I don't even know if I'm a good PM anymore, or maybe I never was.  

What do I do?  I feel like I made a huge mistake.  I'm 4 months in, so I can't really quit and leave it off my resume.

Oh man.  Come sit down.  

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What's my rate?

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What's my rate?

A reader writes:

I'm about to start my first freelancing job, and I'm not sure how to set my rate. Is there an industry standard, and if so does it vary based on location? I'm also not sure of the etiquette for how to go about telling a client what your rate is. Are there any best practices in how to go about communicating that information?

Such a great question and one I've seen asked a lot, which goes to show you how tough it can be to price yourself as a freelancer.  Luckily, smart people have already thought about this and there's ways to figure this stuff out.

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My project is so boring

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My project is so boring

A reader writes:

I have been working on a project for about 2 months, and I have found myself just so bored.  It is becoming a problem because I think my attitude is rubbing off on my team.  I also find myself not giving my updates my best efforts, and just generally putting off work on this project to the point where I'm afraid I'm going to sabotage it semi-unintentionally.

Is there anything I can try to get myself back and interested in this project again?  Or is it a lost cause and I should just ask to be taken off?

Ugh, I hate boring projects.  I totally hear you - once I lose interest in a project, it's certainly hard to keep my team motivated.  But, you know, it's kinda part of the job.  And I know part of you already knows this, otherwise you wouldn't be asking.  So - how do you get yourself back in the saddle?

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