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jennaisplaying
Level 6 : Apprentice Architect
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If you've ever joined a small build team before, you probably know that they die off quickly. Either it's that the members in the team are inactive over time, or the management is poor. It's hard trying to become as successful as BlocksWorks or Team Arcadia. This guide will help you create a successful Minecraft build team, similar to those teams!


Recruiting Builders
Every build team needs builders, right? First of all, many talented builders will want to join a build team that is professional and a team that looks good. If you are asking builders to fill out an application on a website, be sure to give them information about your team first.
Recruit builders who are willingly to contribute to every project. Add a variety of members who can build different things as well. Also add people who have experience of building. Don't add too little or too many people to your team.

Activity
Build teams need activity to run. Without any members building, there isn't really a build team. Many teams fall apart because of inactive members. In the past, the teams I joined fall apart one member at a time. Here are some tips to keep your team active;
  • Encourage your members. If you sell your builds for a price, be sure to give the builders who contributed to the project a fair cut of the money. This makes them more eager to build for the next project.
  • Be friendly to each member. With a friendly face to greet them, they'd be happy to build for you!
  • Host events for them. Building events, such as contests or competitions, can easily encourage them to build more.
  • Kick out inactive members. Those members are a waste, and should be kicked out. Make room for more active people!
  • Invite active people on social media (PMC, Twitter, Etc). Chances are they are active in Minecraft.
  • Credit your builders. Your builders want recognition too!
Management
With you just the Owner, you're going to be overwhelmed by all the members. Be sure to have at least two other people help you out, sort of like Admins. These "Admins" can help you manage your members and projects more easily. I'd suggest recruiting "Admins" who can build as well.
As an Owner, you should be available to be contacted anytime by your members or others. Also, you should build with your members in order to get them building.

Professionalism
Making your team professional and boost your sales and recruitment of members. Being professional lets people know you mean business. Having a sloppy build team will make your team look childish, and not many people will want to buy from you. Make sure your team is clean and neat, including your websites and contact information.


Getting Organized
Organizing your team is an easy and simple thing to do, yet, most build teams don't know how to do it. Here are some ways to organize your build team;
  • Have different people working on different things. Don't have the team working on one area of a build. Spread them out a bit.

  • Have your staff focus on parts of a team. This makes managing easier.

  • Make sure you have your builder's contact information.

  • Plan an exact time for all your builders to get online and build.

Communication
You have to be able to talk to your members. Having a group chat is an easy way to communicate to all your members. Group chats are also an easy way to talk about your upcoming projects. I recommend Discord, Teamspeak, or Skype to create yours.
Be sure to update your members with anything going on with your team, such as upcoming projects or new members. I'd recommend a separate chat for announcements (or updates).

Building Server
You're going to need to provide the build team with their own private build server. It's not best to use a creative public server, as most don't provide WorldEdit. With a private build server, you can build freely and quickly! Most build servers only need around 1GB to 3 GBs.

Plugins
There are many specialized building plugins out there. These plugins help you to build very quickly. Here is a short list of building plugins you can add;
  • WorldEdit (obviously!)
  • VoxelSniper
Projects
Picking a project can be difficult, especially when there are many people in your build team. Get a few suggests and hold a vote for the project. Be sure to pick a project where everyone is able to participate in, and a project just large enough for everyone to do a part. If you are selling your project, I'd recommend building hubs, spawns, or something popular. But you also want to be creative and unique. No more dirt blocks!

Advertising
You want your build team to be noticed, don't you? Posting on websites like PMC can help with that. Share your builds publicly on popular Minecraft websites. The more you post, the more attention you are to likely receive.

Your Own Website
New build teams most likely don't have a website. More popular build teams do. With a website, you can easily show your builds publicly. You can also keep track of sales, updates, news, and more.


Original Work
Be sure to create your own original work, DO NOT copy someone's work. Make sure your builders are building their own original work as well. Make sure you use your own pictures of your own builds.

If someone is copy your build team's work and putting it under their own name, report them immediately. Or you can contact them directly.

Getting Recognized
Yay! You got noticed by many people. It's always exciting knowing people now know who you are, and that you mean business. Keep doing what you're doing, and soon you'll be one of the top Minecraft build teams.

Selling Your Projects
Many build teams build for money, it's the truth. Though it is optional to sell your builds! You can put your projects up for sale on many sites on the internet (not on PMC). But it doesn't mean people are going to buy them. Here are some quick tips you can use to sell your project;
  • Presentation - Be sure to add many pictures of your project. Have clear and neat pictures.
  • Price - Nobody is going to buy your project if it's too overpriced. Have a reasonable price for people to buy.
  • Credit - Credit your builders who contributed!
  • Advertise - Share your sales on different websites, or on your own website.
  • Professionalism - Make sure your post is neat and tidy to read.
  • Information - Include information about your build team, this gives the buyer some background knowledge.
Have Fun!
Building isn't always about seriousness. It's also about having fun! Hosting friendly contests or competitions. Don't overwork your builders, otherwise it takes away the fun. Be creative and amazing.


So... yeah! These are all my tips to run a successful Minecraft building team. I hope this helped, and if it did, please diamond and subscribe. I'll be posting builds, guides, etc more often.

Thanks for reading,
Jenna.

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  • kkboys1
  • Level 44
  • Master Nerd
  • June 1, 2017, 6:14 pm
Good Job! Just wanna correct something. "If you sell your builds for a price...". As far as I know, you cant sell anything inside minecraft. Wether its a build, texture packs or even mods. You can't sell it, according to Mojangs EULA. I might be wrong as Im not sure about this. But that's what I think it is.
I'm not completely sure as well, but I believe doing commissions for builds are still EULA friendly. I've seen tons of people still selling their builds even after the EULA took place. I think as long as the build doesn't effect the gameplay, then it shouldn't be a problem. Thanks for informing me!
  • LetzTaco
  • Level 27
  • Expert Taco
  • May 14, 2017, 4:15 pm
Are you a builder?
Yes I am!
  • LetzTaco
  • Level 27
  • Expert Taco
  • May 15, 2017, 4:33 pm
Would you be interested in helping my make an adventure map?
PM me
Nice blog
Thanks!

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