There’s something romantic about running your own business as the only employee. Any success you have will be because of your own ideas and hard work, and it’s also true that it can just be more enjoyable to work without the pressure of having to manage employees. However, there’s no getting around the fact that being the only employee can make things a little more difficult than it could be. There is a reason, after all, that companies hire employees. But it’s not as if it’s impossible to find success as a one-person operation. Below, we take a look at a few tips that’ll push you in the right direction.
Keep Things Simple
The sky’s the limit when it comes to business success. If you can dream it, you can do it! However, it will be better to proceed with caution when you’re the only person running things. You could find that it’s difficult to keep a grasp on things if you add too many services or if you grow too quickly. In the early days, just focus on doing your core responsibilities well. There might be an opportunity to expand later on down the line, but first, you’ll need to get all the basics in order and running smoothly.
Working With Others
You may not want to have any employees right at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t work with other people whatsoever. You can make things significantly easier for yourself by outsourcing some of your more time-consuming and complex tasks to other companies, who will handle the task for you. An IT support service will allow you to focus on your main duties, rather than spending time trying to figure out your tech needs. You can also outsource tasks such as your accounting, legal matters, and marketing duties. All of these outsourced jobs will cost you much less than it would to hire an employee, and can free up your time significantly.
Share Your Story
It might feel a little daunting to try and find business success without any employees, but actually, you can use this to your advantage. People love to support the underdog, so be sure to share your story. You’re in a David v Goliath situation since you’re up against giant corporations, so it’s important that you play to your strengths. Amazon and other big companies will never be able to share the story of their humble beginnings in the same way that you can do.
Look After Yourself
It’s important for all business owners to look after themselves, but it’s especially important if they’re the only one involved in the business. If you need to take a break — which you will if you’re pushing yourself too hard — then there will be no-one else to pick up the slack. Though you might be tempted to put in those twelve-hour workdays, you’ll find that you produce better quality work if you’re looking after yourself and getting plenty of rest. You’ll only burnout if you don’t!