I am completely new to this industry! Absolutely no prior experience! My background is in Administration/Accounts Payable/Payroll. But I am learning as I go, God is blessing me and making people cross my path randomly that have contributed or are still contributing, in ways that just makes me stop in my tracks and think "Is this really happening!"
The advice I would give if you are starting out and completely new like me is to continue to learn, research, read, pray, remain in faith, and the biggest tip is to keep it simple. If you keep things simple and prepare than you will always be on top. I have general templates that I have created that answer the most common/general questions, if you put the time in and do this than you will always be able to answer promptly by simply copying and pasting. These responses should give as much information as possible so there is no room for a constant back and forth of questions.
I highly recommend getting qualifications in Graphic Design if you are responsible for the layout also. Past issues havenâ€™t looked great but since completing my quals future issues have a more aesthetic structured grid system that is layed out purposefully. Learning constantly by perfecting your craft through University and also reading books on the industry has helped immensely.
Social Media Marketing! Instagram is amazing for promoting and gaining a following all for free. Do some free social media courses, they really help.
Time Management! When you are creating your vision and are doing it on your own and pretty much overseeing each phase you do need an amazing Project Management tool, I use Asana. It's a way of all people who are a part of the team to interact. I use it to interact with our 8 permanent contributors. I can communicate, assign tasks, update editorial calendar, contributors can upload their pitch ideas and articles... just a great tool for managing your team really.
Lastly, get yourself great business mentors.Â