how to run a tiny business that isn’t an iceberg of dysfunction — Ask a Manager


how to run a tiny business that isn’t an iceberg of dysfunction

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes:

I was really interested by the recent discussion in the comments on your post about the small business owner who gave his “best bud” as a reference, and how very small businesses can be Icebergs of Dysfunction.

It would be amazing to have more of an open discussion with other readers about what it’s like to work in a small business like that. I’m a solo business owner myself and would like to hire someone next year. I’m reasonably self-aware and an avid blog-reader of yours, so I hope I’ll be okay at it! But I’m curious to know how I can make sure to come across as sane, responsible, and financially stable during the hiring process. I’d hate to think I was losing potentially awesome employees because of something I was accidentally putting out there.

Readers, have at it!



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