Solo Entrepreneurs: Big Bucks From Tiny Computing Startups -- InformationWeek

Solo Entrepreneurs: Big Bucks From Tiny Computing Startups -- InformationWeek: "Call them lifestyle businesses. Peopleless enterprises. Solo entrepreneurs. Workers like Bradbury are becoming increasingly common as the Internet matures, software as a service (SaaS) is more reliable, outsourcing becomes more commonplace, and customers and user communities begin to shoulder more of the work of keeping operations going. Such companies get big results by thinking small -- from an organizational perspective, that is. From a revenue perspective, they're quite ambitious.

Helge: Think Small! Make money!

'We're seeing them everywhere -- they almost don't feel like businesses, because there's no there there -- these are people working from anywhere and in any time zone, and who are grossing from $250,000 up to $5 million or $6 million,' said Paul Kedrosky, a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, who has written extensively about peopleless businesses. 'Generally, these are people for whom the interesting part is the delivery of the product or service, not the management of other people,' he said.

Helge: Do it without people...

'The no-employee business springs from the notion that there are two spheres: a manager/contributor sphere and a passion sphere,' said Terri Loier, founder of, a Web site devoted to the challenges facing one-person businesses. "
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