Almost four years ago, after a failed attempt to grow my consulting firm, I made the decision to never hire another employee.
Through my experience as a manager and employer I realized that the time and energy it takes to hire, manage, motivate, train, administer, and retain employees would be better invested in adding value to my products.
In other words, I’d rather spend my time writing code, talking to customers, and marketing my products than managing employees who would do that work for me.
As time has passed I’ve realized the benefits of Micropreneurship are abundant. Far more than I realized when I initially made the decision.
Some of the more obvious benefits include never spending a single minute worrying about:
- Employee retirement plans
- Someone quitting
- The myriad of office politics I’ve experienced, even at small companies
And mark my words; every one of these takes time, energy and focus away from making your product better. More than you can measure.
But aside from these, there are some less obvious areas that we spend countless hours working on (and worrying about) that a single founder with no employees will never do again.
So with a sigh of relief I present to you a list of ten things that confirm Micropreneurship was indeed the right choice for me.
I will never again have to:
- Read a book about leadership
- Worry about building a company culture
- Get someone’s “buy in”
- Participate in a performance review (on either side of the table)
- Motivate a hopeless employee that I did not hire and could not fire
- Negotiate a raise
- Ask for permission to take a day off
- Take only two weeks of vacation in a year
- Update my resume
Would love to hear your additions to this list. Please post them to the comments.