Disclosure: I collaborated with Justworks on this post.
“How did you grow your business so quickly in two years?” I get asked this a LOT and I’m so excited to share my insights with other entrepreneurs!
First, I can tell you right now that you won’t grow quickly without help. Get a system in place to manage and pay your staff, like Justworks. As a business owner, you’ve got way more important things to do than spend hours and hours figuring out benefits, payroll and compliance, am I right?! Justworks is the complete solution for all of this - ensuring you are covered legally and that you and your employees are supported, paid on time and even get all your questions answered about things like health insurance and 401ks. How cool is that? With a system like this in place, you have the time and energy to focus on what’s really key: following your passion and growing it.
I also recommend bringing on interns and eventually hiring your best interns as your staff.
The next key piece of advice I have is to focus on multiple streams of income.
With Justworks handling the back-end tasks, you have more time to focus on different avenues. My business isn’t built on just counseling or just working online. I have a mix of all of my passions: seeing clients at my office, media & communications, writing, and brand collabs.
Initially, not all of these streams were producing $. Which is why I worked part time at a dialysis center while I built my practice. After a year and a half, I was busy enough that I took the leap to full time entrepreneur and now I get to spend blissful mornings working from home in my pjs (just kidding…most days I get dressed after a few hours ;) lol).
Finally, make it FUN
This is just my personal philosophy. I spent almost 10 years working as a dietitian for other people while I love my career, plenty of days there were tedious tasks that weren’t super fun! Say what you want about work not always having to be a blast - but you know what? Life’s too short to be just getting by and not loving your job. I am so happy with what I do right now that I can’t imagine ever going back to working for someone else, and with the right systems in place to take care of the tedious HR tasks, it all feels manageable.
Let me know if you have any other tips on how you #WorkFearlessly in the comments below! I’d love to hear them.