Why is it that you cringe, knowing what is coming when that inevitable question arises during conversation?  You know the one … “what do you do?”  Somehow the response “I own my own business” immediately triggers the follow on question of “how big is your business“ or “how many employees do you have?”

Despite what the world thinks, a successful business does not have to be a big business.  Big businesses take lots of people, which then incur lots of overhead in salaries, office space, equipment, etc. If that was not enough, the worst thing of all is that all of those people require management.

While this is great for some, many small business owners – myself included – did not start their own businesses to manage people.  We have a goal, a mission, that we want to accomplish, and we want to do it our way, yet at the same time, we want to have a “successful” business.

A Creator from the Beginning ...

I started building at an early age – whether it was massive Lego creations or customer software applications – and I have not stopped.  After spending a number of years inside corporate america, never really finding my niche and burned out, I made my exit and started my own consulting practice in the technology space.

Many of the businesses that I worked with over the years suffered through similar foundational issues – in most cases succeeding despite themselves.  Typically, I was connected because they were looking to solve their issues through technology.

What they failed to realize was that technology has its place and can greatly impact productivity, but it does not solve underlying business issues.  This is where the transition from being solely focused on technology to guiding these businesses in implement systems and processes, further boosted with technology came about.

As I was working with these businesses to scale their business – building more and more systems around personnel issues, I realized that was not the path I wanted to take.  I had no desire to grow a “big” business in the traditional sense.

Focusing on the why ...

Everyone who competes goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

— 1 Corinthians 9:25 —

The Key to "Growing Small"

When it comes to growing a small business, there are benefits to having a team working with you.  One of the biggest is that you can afford to throw bodies and man hours at a project to “brute force” your way through it.

As solopreneur businesses – one without a big team – we do not have that luxury.  Instead, the key to successfully growing a small business while remaining “small” is to focus on systems and optimization wherever possible instead of hiring people and adding overhead.

This is one of the key tenants behind GrowingSmall.biz – small business entrepreneurs leveraging tools in technology and operations to optimize their business to grow without putting more of themselves into it.

If this is the future you want with your business, I invite you to join us today!

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