Msg#: 3445161 posted 4:17 am on Sep 9, 2007 (gmt 0)
Seven years in ecommerce.
Zero W-2 employees.
Six 1099 contractors that work from home.
Manufacturing in China. Warehousing/Logistics via fulfillment centers on east/west coast. Bookeeping, accounting, tax reporting via a dedicated Quickbooks service outfit. Linkers/Marketers work from home. Data input works from home. I work from home.
If it can't be outsourced, it doesn't need to be done.
Msg#: 3445161 posted 7:29 am on Sep 9, 2007 (gmt 0)
I have two main sites, one is just me, the other is me and my wife with her doing the customer service and product delivery and me doing the marketing and site maintenance.
As long as you can possibly stand it, keep your employee numbers as close to zero as possible. Payroll will absolutely drain you especially if you have a period of slow income because your payroll is typically constant.
If you need help, consider sub contracting some of the work (or all of it) which will help you keep dependants to a minimum.
Along the same lines, I'm in the middle of reading a book called "The 4-Hour Work Week" that really pushes sub-contracting and outsourcing. You should check it out, it may be what you are looking for.