I've been a one man operation pretty much for 10yrs, and I always thought I'd stay that way but after a few recent events I'm coming round the the idea of building the whole thing up a couple of notches, but I wonder if anyone could give me any advice?
I'd always want to keep the workshop that I have in the music store (the store isn't mine) - it has great footfall as well as being fun, but it has limited size and eventually (in 5 -10years) I'd like to have a couple guys working with me in a larger workshop off site, so I can take time off occasionally without worry.
Any general advice such as, employ skilled people that dont need too much training, or go for younger people who you can mold?
Do you give people specific jobs or train everyone to do everything?
On the financial side, if i had experienced people I'd prefer them to be self employed and I'd pay them piece rate - so they would sort their own tax etc out. The benefit is that they can earn as much as they want - the more they do the more they make - without any overheads or hassle.
I'd like to get as many contracts from distributors here in the UK to take care of their warranty issues as well as having my own small 'boutique-y' brand of electric and acoustics.
It seems to me that there are quite a few guys doing this in the states, and probably the only reason is its far less common here is because we often prefer to do things in a smaller way, or have a "don't get idea's above your station" mentality.
Anyone with any advice - greatly appreciated, and appologies if this isn't the kind of thing the forum is for - please feel free to delete.