Growing Pains

Written by Marc on June 18th, 2008

I am very thankful that my business has been growing by leaps and bounds lately.  In fact, it is nice that I have as much work as I want to do heading into the slow summer season.  But the one challenge that I have been facing is the fact that I am having to learn how to manage a larger business.

Take for example the fact that I have two people working for me.  Now, that might not seem too hard to manage, but it is the first time that I have ever had employees ever.  What makes it even more challenging is that they don’t live in the same city as me at all – in fact, they are in a different country.  I love that I have this ability (since most of my business is online) but it also makes things a little more difficult.

The biggest challenge with my new work force is enforcing deadlines – without face to face conversations, sometimes I find it hard to get the urgency of the deadlines across to them as well as get work ready for them to do efficiently.  I am trying to figure out a better way to do this, but it is taking time.

On the brighter side of things, it seems that my business has reached a critical mass of sorts.  Instead of having to work on drumming up work myself, people are coming to knock on my door now.  In fact, I have even had to turn away some opportunities as I just don’t have enough time to do everything.

Do I like these growing pains?  No.  But at the same time, it is nice to be challenged by the same business that I started many years ago.  I love the fact that the business is moving forward and that there are exciting new things heading my way.  Besides, if there was no challenges, there would be no point in running the business – I could always just go flip burgers somewhere instead.

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One Response to “Growing Pains”

  1. Wow, Marc, it is great to read about your success. I wonder do you communicate solo through text with your employees or do you use the phone> I would have thought the latter will help to convey the seriousness of making a deadline.
    Do you have a contract with your employees that sets up consequences for not meeting a deadline? It can help to have a document signed by all to refer to if you ever have to play the heavy and enforce the rules agreed to.

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