Why You Don’t Need A Big Team to Have A Big Business
It's easy to assume that having a big team means you have a big, successful business and having a small team means you have a small, amateur business. The truth is there are plenty of big teams with failing businesses and small teams with booming businesses. Each and every business requires a different amount of people to run it, and it has absolutely nothing to do with how successful it is.
Don't believe the myth that you have to have 100+ employees to have a successful business or even 10 employees. Here's why:
More people means more to manage
It’s much easier to manage yourself and a team of four people than a massive corporation hiring people that you know next to nothing about. This is definitely not true for every business, but it is harder to keep tabs on a larger group of people. It’s quality over quantity and if you are pushing the hundreds with your employee count, it’s going to be harder and harder to tell who is who. It takes a lot of training and trust while knowing it is inevitable that there will be more disorganization and drama that comes in large groups of people that can affect your business in the long run.
We have robots
It's easier than ever to automate tasks that used to require a team. Now with online services you can pretty much tell a customer every single thing they need to know about you, your business, and what you offer without ever seeing their face or speaking to them. There are scheduling applications and other services where they can set appointment times and your calendar pretty much builds itself. It is getting easier every single day to run a big successful business without ever hiring on another person or leaving your house.
We can outsource work
Enter contract employees. If you need to set up the software mentioned above and have no idea where to start, you can outsource that work. These people can work on your business without you having to make room in the budget for a whole salary. Technology is constantly changing and growing so while you don’t need to keep any of these people full time, it is a great idea to contact someone every now and then to revamp your online presence and refresh your feed. There is not going to be enough for them to do to keep them as a hired employee, but they will also save you so much time and frustration.
We can trim the excess and focus only on essential tasks
Sometimes we hire people because we think we 'need’ to or we 'should' because that's what growing a business means. WRONG. Are the people you hire essential to the operation of your business? Are they moving the needle when it comes to revenue? The answer has to be yes. In order to take the right steps in your business, you have to know where you want to go. If your goal is to simply have lots of butts in seats at the office, then growing a team is a great choice. However, I want you to REALLY think about where you want to go and ask yourself if having a team is essential.
There is more personalization
Most businesses have a ‘vibe’ or aesthetic that they want their customers to feel when they reach out. There are also mission statements and goals that you have for the way your business treats your customers. Think about your website’s design and your wording - it’s all a part of that feeling that you want to carry over. When you have a smaller team you can keep track of exactly what your customers are getting when they work with you. On the flip side, if you have a much larger team it is going to be a lot harder to track exactly how your customers are being treated which is a big part of how successful your business will become.
Hopefully this post helps you see the light when it comes to the size of your team. Remember quality over quantity and you will see the growth!