Why You Need Employees

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Anyone who has followed me for any length of time knows my profound discomfort with managing my own employees.  Over the years I have hired and fired dozens of fine people that turned out to not do much for my profit margins.  Far too often I ended up working more, to earn less, so that I could keep my employees paychecks from bouncing.

So after so much experience in the employment world, and realizing that I can make a chunk of money very easily by myself  many people are surprised that I am still looking for ways to grow my business and still experimenting with finding how best I can employ people.

The reason for this comes down one exceptionally simple fact.  When you are your entire business, your entire business is you.

For the past 4 days I have been having an absolutely horrible reaction to tree pollen.  My head is killing me, my throat feels like I ate glass, fluids are oozing out of whatever orifices are the most disgusting, and I randomly fall into knee weakening fits of coughing and sneezing.  Because of this I had to cancel my Daily Blob show for Friday, and frankly am not looking forward to doing the one today, on Monday.  Thankfully this struck over the weekend so I only lost the ability to do 1 or 2 shows, not 3 or 4.

At this point from a business standpoint I will have lost a few hundred dollars in profit, and that’s about it.  But the question becomes, “What if this was worse/ took longer to recover from?”  Clients/ Viewers are willing to put up with a little inconvenience because of the bond they have created with you and your brand, but at a certain point they will start to fade away and move on.  There is a stark line where as a business person you go from simply losing current billable’s to where you start losing the business itself.  This is where employees come in.

One of the reasons I am building GeekBrainDump.com is because it is a business that can fundamentally out live me. Although I am important as the “spiritual leader” of the endeavor the fact of the matter is that if I handed Jimmy Simpson a few key credentials, and upped his paycheck he could keep the site functional and even growing for an indefinite amount of time.  Contrast this with Eli the Computer Guy where if something significant did happen to me within 6 months I would lose all my sponsors, a large chunk of my subscribers would move on, and when I came back I would literally be a year or more behind the curve.

With employees you are able to build continuity.  Your ideas, vision, passions and plans can out live you in a very real and pragmatic way.

This may seem like something for “old” people to worry about, but the reality is you never know when life is going to deal you some bad cards.  Having supported my wife through 2 separate cancers within 3 years before she was 35 I know first hand that betting that you will always be fit and healthy is a dangerous gamble.  And after building a number of businesses now I can categorically state the last thing I would want to have to do after recovering from something is to have to build another business from scratch….


Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of GeekBrainDump.com and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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