Saturday Musings - Who's On Your Team?

Saturday Musings - Who's On Your Team?

I was watching my daughter, Elise, play netball this morning. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the game, it’s like basketball but without dribbling or a backboard behind the net. As I watched the game unfold and the players run around the court it reminded me to think about who are the players in my own domain team?

If you really want to win the game and run a business that’s really profitable then there will be different people and organisations that add value to your endeavour. One of the most critical players would have to be your registrar. Having a good relationship with your registrar is vitally important when things go wrong.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a problem I was having with Enom, which I use as one of my registrars. After banging my head against the wall over a problem I had to make the difficult decision to move many of my domains away to Epik (who is now sponsoring my blog). Credit must be given to the product manager at Enom that reached out to me at the last minute to help resolve things.

So why did I choose Epik? As well as a great interface the most important factor was because the founder, Rob Monster, is proactive in dealing with things immediately and is always available on skype. So Epik is now becoming a part of my team.

Other members of my team include my traffic monetisation providers. In my case, that was an easy decision for me as I am one of the founders of ParkLogic. Let’s look a little beyond just my own domains and at ParkLogic’s many partners. We take the attitude that we do anything we can do help out our partners, streamline processes and get the “sand out of the gearbox”. We see all of our monetisation partners as members of the ParkLogic team.

Of course, I then have my accountant, lawyers and administrative support. There is one group of team members that is often forgotten… about your family and friends? Roselyn and the other members of my family are such an incredible support to making sure the business succeeds. It’s less about what they can do and more about being an emotional support which helps keep me going.

This brings me back to the netball game. Watching the girls play and run around reminds me that if you really want to be successful then make sure that you are nimble and able to seize opportunities at a moment’s notice. In the meantime, I’ve got some yelling and cheering to do!

Have a great weekend!


Michael Gilmour has been in business for over 32 years and has both a BSC in Electronics and Computer Science and an MBA. He was the former vice-chairman of the Internet Industry Association in Australia and is in demand as a speaker at Internet conferences the world over. He has also recently published his first science fiction book, Battleframe.

Michael is passionate about working with online entrepreneurs to help them navigate their new ventures around the many pitfalls that all businesses face. Due to demands on his time, Michael may be contacted by clicking here for limited consulting assignments.

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