As a professional introvert, you might be eager to explore the possibility of running a business alone without any help. Not everyone relishes the idea of running a team of employees. A lot of people want the business without the stress, and that’s what you can get if you cut employees out of the picture. But how do you do this and just how feasible is it to run a company without people who rely on you for a paycheck.
Well, the good news is that there are a lot of businesses that are run as a solo venture. People who do this often run a small company from their home. As a business grows, this type of setup becomes more challenging, but it’s not impossible. You just need to make sure that you can handle the needs and requests of your clients and that it doesn’t impact the quality of service that you are providing to them.
Freelancing Or Outsourcing?
There are two possibilities to consider if you want to make sure that your business has a team that you can rely on but you don’t want to take on a full and constant team. The first is freelancing. With freelancers, you’ll be hiring other solo individuals on a contract that allows them and you complete freedom. You can hire or fire whenever you want, and you won’t need to worry about providing them career benefits. At the same time though they can also leave whenever they like, so if you’re looking for loyalty or even reliability, this may not be the best choice.
The other option is outsourcing. With outsourcing, you don’t take on individuals, but rather a whole company. The company provides the service you need or want, and you pay a fixed price. Examples can include anything from legal such as HR to tech like IT support from businesses such as Unicom. When you do this, you need to check their prices and make sure that it is worth it based on your business model. Be aware that some companies set up their services with large companies in mind. So, small businesses may not find their costs agreeable.
Issues With Flying Solo
There are definitely benefits to running your company without employees. For instance, you’re definitely going to save a lot of money, and if you are an introvert, you won’t have to worry about office politics. This can help you avoid minefields like dealing with issues like harassment and bullying.
However, there are also issues to contend with. If you’re going to use freelancers or outsourcing services, you need to make sure that they are staying connected. Falling out of the loop with what they’re doing is one way to lose control of your business. You also need to think about whether or not you can provide the quality of service that your customers expect. If you don’t have a full team of staff, you might find maintaining quality is a struggle. That’s why it might be worth slowly building up a small team that you can trust and do feel comfortable with eventually.