Is it possible to grow a business and maintain the same role?

One of the questions I get asked most often is “do you want to grow your business?” Of course I do! But then the people who ask me this follow up with suggestions that make me a manager with other people working for me. That’s just not me or what I want. Yes, I want a continual stream of clients, but I don’t want to get so many of them that I’m hiring others to do the work.

When I express this desire to continue working in the same role I’m in now, I feel like so judged…like others think I have no long term plan for my business. I like being a worker bee…I dislike supervising and managing others who are doing all the fun stuff. Can’t I grow my business and still do what I love? If design is my passion, shouldn’t I do everything I can to continue doing it (myself)?

Am I the only freelance designer to feel this way? I’d love to hear from others on this topic, especially how you grow your business and still maintain your same role.

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