Staying small can be good for your business.

You might be wondering why I am suggesting staying small can be good for your business. It is something that I am really interested in as it goes against the grain for what we are told business should be about.

Growth is one of the major things that start-ups are told to focus on in the second or third year of business. But what if this was wrong for them? What if it meant that they grew too quickly and weren’t able to keep up with orders, staffing, management issues? What if all they really wished was that they could continue to do the work that they loved, be creative and live the life they want?

It might sound crazy, and an anti business way of doing things, but there are actually so many positives that come from this approach. You can listen to them in the podcast below.

There are lots of statistics about why start-ups fail and many point to growth. We are told that to be better we must be bigger. I love Paul Jarvis‘s approach that being smaller can actually make you better!

“…Your goal might not be to create a massive company with lots of employees. Or even one with a handful of employees. So if you’re gearing up the work you do so it’s only manageable and profitable if growth happens, it may be time to re-think your plans. Because it’s possible stay small or singular and still do quite well.” Paul Jarvis

Many people have a view of what your success should look like- only you know that answer. It might be having more time to spend with your family, or taking the day off when the sun is shining and go to the beach, or else being able to save for your kid’s education while making a profit. It isn’t always about bringing in massive salaries and moving into offices with teams of employees. And if that is what you desire, there is nothing wrong with that either, but A Company Of One might be what you want to be.

“…You have to define your own success, because it’s probably not what others tell you it can be.” Paul Jarvis

I personally like to be a company of one at the moment. It allows me to keep the personal touch and adapt and make decisions faster. It doesn’t mean that I totally work alone- the people who develop my website are hired as freelancers and I feel that they are part of my team, the same way that Mailchimp support or the postal service are. Without them I wouldn’t be able to run my business.

So because you are working on your company by yourself, doesn’t mean that you are actually on your own. We rely on so many other people, software and companies to support the work that we do too.

Support is also something that you must think about. I can’t cope myself being alone all day long. I have a mastermind group that support me in person and on-line, and I do a great deal of my typing in cafes where I have regular conversations with the folks who are there doing the same. Make sure you have built some sort of support network of like-minded people who are also working on their businesses.

I’d love to hear about your own company of one. Let me know what you love about it in the comments below.

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( I don’t earn anything from this, I’m only interested in sharing the knowledge with you).

3 thoughts on “Staying small can be good for your business.

  1. Hi Philly

    I loved your podcast about the company of one! I’m a designer/art director who is approaching 55. I am currently essentially doing three jobs – my day job, my side hustle (selling art online) and a busy freelance side career with my own clients. I’m busy!

    I am planning to make room next year to be doing a lot more of my own thing from home. I crave freedom from the commute, from working for the man.

    I dream of my own flexible time!

    I think i will have to work hard for 2 – 5more years till I retire, but my plan is to do it in a much more flexible working way from 2019!

    Thanks for reading my mind!



    1. Hi Cate,

      I am so pleased that you enjoyed the podcast. And wow! How wonderful to be aiming to retire in 2-5 years. The fact that you are taking the steps to create your own future is half the battle won. Good luck!

    2. Hi Cate,
      So glad to hear that it spoke to you. Company of One is out today!

      Good luck with your side hustle. All the best things take time I find.

      Best wishes


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