Finding a Stakeholder?
by petrosianii, Window Shopper
- Created: January 22, 2011, 7:42 pm
This is more of a comment than a question. As our multimedia firm has grown over the past 2 years, I have hired ICAs to do various tasks. What I have found is that is really is true, 'Good help is hard to find.' I am really tired of interviewing potential candidates, finding what looks like a good one, hiring h/er, only to find out in a few months (or weeks) that the person is not stakeholder material, doesn't pay attention to detail, isn't interested in knowing how a small business works or sustains itself, etc. It's very frustrating, even more, it's tiresome. I've also found that most people just don't know how to follow directions - even when you write it down and give specific, detailed instructions.
These experiences have led me to want to just go back to being a fully sole proprietor, and 'do it all myself' again. Of course, we all know the pitfalls to this, not the least of which is: sole proprietorships aren't usually scalable. Plus, I don't want to do it all myself anymore. The admin stuff takes so much time that it doesn't leave me with much time to focus on bringing in new business, setting the marketing plan, the technical stuff, i.e., all the stuff I wouldn't trust a contractor to do anyway.
I've heard that one solution is to find a co-founder (stakeholder). And not my wife. (She's trying to get her own small biz off the ground as well - and we have such diff. styles that, it wouldn't work anyway).
So, I guess my question in all this is: Is finding another stakeholder the way to go? If so, how do I go about it? If not, what else can you suggest?
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