Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Small Business Proposal to Share Overhead

It happens all the time. It happens to me.  Small business is challenged with the business of business.  The taxes, the accounting, the time to do that things that do not bring us revenue.  The other day I met someone who told me he was going to wind down his design business because he is exhausted from trying to do the work that just doesn't make money.  

This is once again the classic tale of mice versus elephants.  Elephants (big business) have the in house resources to take care of the non-revenue generating work.  When I worked in that world, we called it "overhead".  I was overhead. I was the person responsible for their strategic planning.  My job was to lead the organization through the strategic planning process.  I took great exception to be referred to as "overhead". 

Now I look at this from a different perspective.  As an entrepreneur, it is important to have the "overhead" under control.  Unfortunately, it is difficult to do that because everything takes time. 

I have a solution.  I suggest that small businesses can come together to share services, thereby being able to share the cost of this overhead as well as learn from each other in the process.  

If you are interested in joining me in creating a small business collaborative, please contact me at 306.581.0715.

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