Your concerns are quite common when embarking on a journey such as yours. The passion you feel for your company and the goals you are trying to achieve are coming through in your post. I value your efforts in trying to work with and understanding the needs of your partners .. particularly the one that questions the time and energy of the tasks you are currently focusing on.
With that, your 3rd partner may not be completely wrong in his / her concerns. Your time, energy and focus needs to be channelled in a fashion that has the greatest return on investment. Your greatest asset is your expertise. This is what will bring in the monetary and personal rewards that will allow your company to succeed and grow.
From personal experience the speed and growth of your business depends on the time you invest. However, where you choose to invest your time will play a fundamental role in goals you lay out. Hiring full time staff, if I can be so bold, is not the answer. The money to compensate such a venture and the hours to train, house and monitor individuals would take you away from what your number one goal needs to be. Growing your business. That being said identifying certain tasks that are consuming your time outside of gaining clients can be allocated out. You may want to start thinking about how much your time is worth on an hourly basis. Could your time be better spent elsewhere thus contributing to the bottom line
Have you had an opportunity to address some of the “grunt jobs” that are consuming your time. Making a list of these task and the time they currently take you to execute vs. the time you are spending on directly dealing with existing clients, and targeting those you have not yet signed on will give you a better picture of how you are spending your time. From that you will be able to see where your time could be better spent.
Pulling on my areas of expertise, If you wish to share this list I would be more than happy to provide some suggestions and insights to perhaps gain a better ROI for your time. Feel free to contact me at the email address in my signature line (email@example.com).
As for full time vs. part time. I am a firm believer in “getting out what you put in”. When starting a new business it is important to focus your energy on targets, goals, initiatives. This is your dream, your vision. If you expect to achieve all that you have set out than I believe you need to keep your eyes open. Partnering in the success of your vision will provide great rewards.
Tracey and Cheryl
Tracey and Cheryl
"Perfection, professionalism and integrity - partners in your success."