If you want to start your own agency is it better to start with an account manager or better to start with a creative partner? or with two creatives and one account manager?

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Disagree on need for data scientist.

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1 multi-faceted creative, 1 new biz dev, 1 data scientist

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One of my greatest gigs ever was a tiny little agency founded by an account person & CD ("CEO" and "CCO"). Then there was me and my partner (both junior-ish at the time), a junior strategist, and a couple others. We did great work, but the account guy couldn't manage existing accounts and bring in new business at the same time. Within a year, they couldn't afford to pay our meager salaries.

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Depends on if either creative is good at managing clients. Otherwise you'll need an Acct person/new biz to handle that. Don't know what a multi-faceted creative means. Both Copywriter and AD/Designer? Good luck finding that. Also agree don't need a Data person as a principal. Hire out as needed depending on projects/ clients.

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Can I join your agency?

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Thanks!

If you have to ask...

Proceed with ad hoc "creative" at your own (and your clients) risk.

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