There are a growing number of tiny businesses that are creating an out-sized impact. Not just in revenue, but in the impact they have on both their customers and on the lives of the owners.
We explored the idea last year with The Million-Dollar One-Person Business episode with Elaine Pofeldt. It was the most popular show of the year.
Plus, our friend Paul Jarvis released his book Company of One while I was off traveling the world with my family. Paul makes the case that small is the next big thing, thanks to the freedom, creative satisfaction, and lifestyle flexibility.
All of the above have been primary themes of Unemployable since the show’s beginning back in 2015. And it got me reflecting on the three 7-figure startups I co-founded between 2007 and 2009.
Those were exactly the kind of no-employee businesses that I intended to start. It was never my goal to grow from there into a 8-figure, 65-employee business — it just kind of flowed out of the circumstances, and I absolutely loved the journey.
For me, it’s time to get back to small. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be just me.
While there may not be employees involved in these powerful micro-businesses, even Elaine and Paul agree that it’s rarely a one-person enterprise. There are usually co-founders and business partners, plus an ecosystem of freelancers, contractors, and vendors all tied together with powerful technology.
So, the concept of the solopreneur is a bit misleading. On the other hand, it’s definitely small. Much smaller than the traditional definition of a small business, and yet often more profitable and flexible.
In this week’s episode, Jerod Morris and I give you an overview of how we’ll be exploring this topic in 2019. After you listen, feel free to hit reply to this email and let me know what you think — all feedback is welcome and appreciated!
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