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Zero.

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Very few… none actually.

I've previously suggested that we'll have no employed staff.

Zero staff?

Yep. You read that right.

All tasks can be covered by outsourcing to external service providers (businesses already doing such work).

Everybody here (and that includes me) will be contracted-in, either as firms or individuals.

Although a decision based purely on my personal preferences (I like the self-reliant mindset of independent contractors), there are distinct advantages which make this sensible commercial strategy.

  • It's less hassle. Good employees can be hard to find, and bad ones are hard to manage.

    'Outsiders' don't need training, and once you've found a good one they tend to want to keep you as client and so behave accordingly. Contrast this with employees who (rightly in what's often an adversarial 'them/me' relationship) often under-perform or leave unexpectedly.

  • It provides over-capacity. Sudden peaks can be handled better, and the downtime associated with illness or other 'sudden unexpected availability' of employees is reduced.

Although the financial cost is of course higher than with employed staff (although it needn't be that much more), when factoring-in other costs of employment (recruitment, training, health, vacation, etcetera) it compares favorably (and fixed costs are entirely eliminated).

Done well, it should improve flexibility and effectiveness.

And, of course, with no people you don't need a big building either.

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