This is a point of view and I want you to start thinking this way. It could be one person. To create a compay, you can start with just one person — you.
That sounds pretty cool, right? From the outside, it looks like a great idea and lots of fun. However, if you are trying to make a good company, you will succeed and continue to grow.
So all those jobs you are doing now are just going to grow as your business grows.
At some point you will not be able to cope. When it gets to the point that you are going to need help, you might possible get in a rush and hire the wrong kind of help.
In addition, you will be doing so many jobs you will not know who or how to many to hire first.
How about having lots of people? That is not necessary either.
I have to admit that with my fire protection business, I have around 14 people that work for me.
My business runs without me (which is what I am trying to teach you) and I have spent years doing this. It is not an overnight thing.
Quite often our businesses are run by us, and we pretty much do everything. However, that shouldn’t always be. We should not always be doing every task that arises.
We should be picking these tasks that we are very good at. Chances are, you are not very good at bookkeeping. But I bet you do it.
Probably because you don’t have a lot of invoices to send so you think you can handle it all right now.
Stop using quickbooks –don’t try bookkeeping. This is the first job you should outsource. If you really want to do it yourself, have someone on your staff do it.
You do not need to be doing this. You certainly shouldn’t be doing this — or your taxes as well.
You shouldn’t really be answering the phone. There are services to do that. In the UK there is Money Penney and in the US there is Grasshopper Service.
It is not worth your time
Answering your emails is not worth your time. Give these to a virtual assistant or a general assistnat who is good at this and gets paid to do this sort of thing.
If you are creating content, you need writers, graphic image people, social media people,and you need to hire someone local or young who could take a course and learn how to do this so that they can work for your company.
Have a bit of confidence in your business and the people you hire. They can do these tasks and you don’t need to do them.
Don’t hire people for full time either. There are plenty of people, like new moms, who would love to stay home and work part time.
Why not ask? There are plenty of extremely well skilled women and men who are at home that would love to work.
So think — how many people would it take to run your business? Write down everything you are doing, and find out which tasks you can give to others. That will determine exactly how many staff members you need.
Stick with what you are good at. If you are in construction, stick to building. If you are an artist, stick to painting. Don’t do the other stuff and do what you are good at.
Today is Wednesday, which means it is time for a Friendly Follow. Today is Steve Keating. His website is steavekeating.me.
He is a business leader with a big following. He is very personable and his blog has some excellent articles.
His sound a lot more applicable. Go check him out. He is great.
I’ll have some more for you tomorrow.
How many staff will you need?