When I started Arment Dietrich five years ago TODAY, I did so pretty blindly. I didn’t know what I didn’t know, so I was blissfully unaware that I couldn’t just do client work and grow a business organically.

Well, that worked for about a year. And then things got complicated. FICA taxes? Benefits? Employee handbooks? No shared offices between sexes? Collecting on invoices? Not getting paid for work? Suddenly I was putting out fires constantly instead of doing my trade. And I needed help. Badly.

Then I met a man at a networking event who told me about Vistage and what it could offer someone like me. Many of you see me tweet about Vistage, I’ve written about it here, and I talk about my experience all the time. The fact of the matter is that it has been really good for me.

If you’re interested, at all, in what I get out of my Vistage membership, they’ve just launched a new blog and I am their first guest blogger (I like to be first!). Great timing to celebrate our five year anniversary!  Check out what I wrote about getting my real-life MBA by clicking here.

Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder, CEO, and author of Spin Sucks, host of the Spin Sucks podcast, and author of Spin Sucks (the book). She is the creator of the PESO Model and has crafted a certification for it in partnership with Syracuse University. She has run and grown an agency for the past 15 years. She is co-author of Marketing in the Round, co-host of Inside PR, and co-host of The Agency Leadership podcast.

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