In the dynamic landscape of entrepreneurship, the image of the lone wolf small business owner, bravely navigating the complexities of running a business single-handedly, is not uncommon. While the idea of being a one-person show may seem daunting, it can also be incredibly empowering.

After closing my large design showroom during the recession, I had to become a one-person show which made me a better small business owner. With the right mindset, strategies, and tools, solo entrepreneurs can thrive and build successful ventures.

In this post, we’ll explore some key tips on how to be a one-person show successfully.

10 Strategies for Small Business Owner Success

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Patricia Davis Brown Designs, LLC.

Embrace Your Independence as a Small Business Owner

The first step to success as a small business owner is embracing your independence. Understand that being a solo entrepreneur means you have the freedom to make decisions without consulting others. This autonomy can be empowering, allowing you to set your direction and priorities for your business.

When I had my showroom and employees it was important to be transparent with projections and future growth. Even though I was the owner, I needed to involve the team and manage the team. Going solo allowed me to navigate my business and move in the direction I saw fit to move without involving anyone.

I replaced employees with outsourcers who were responsible for their deliverables which they were vested in. If they didn’t do a good job I would hire another outsourcer. I found that outsourcers produced better work and I didn’t have to manage them, only give the task and I liked that.

Master Time Management

One thing that was apparent to me when I closed the large showroom was the amount of extra time I had. Instead of adding drive time to my everyday commute, I pour a cup of coffee, sit down at my computer in my pajamas, and start my day first thing in the morning. I can strategically set my appointments to work into my schedule without worrying about people dropping into my office to chat. I find working out of my home office much more efficient.

Time management is crucial when you’re running a business solo. With numerous tasks competing for your attention, it’s essential to prioritize effectively. Identify your most important tasks and allocate time to them accordingly. Utilize productivity tools such as calendars, task managers, and time-tracking apps to stay organized and focused.

I allow days that I see clients, and set office time for bookkeeping and blogging. As a small business owner working from my home office, I can have more control when scheduling my work week ahead.

Focus on Your Strengths

As a small business owner, you have limited resources, so it’s important to focus on your strengths. Identify the areas where you excel and prioritize them in your business activities. Delegate or outsource tasks that fall outside your expertise to free up time for tasks that generate the most value for your business.

Since shutting down my showroom during the recession I found it was time to spread my wings and diversify my offerings. I started an international lifestyle blog and became a blogger and an influencer in the design/build industry. I outsource all of my IT and have an SEO team from India. I love working with people all over the world it’s so empowering. The funny thing is, as a small business owner, outsourcing has expanded my world globally.

I began speaking on my favorite topics such as interior design and lighting design which takes me all over the nation. Not having my showroom gave me insight into all of my talents and applying them to my business model creating multiple revenue streams. I can now shift my career in many different directions at any given time making me a better small business owner.

Build a Strong Support Network

While you may be the sole operator of your business, that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Build a strong support network of mentors, peers, and professionals who can provide guidance, advice, and support when needed. Networking events, industry associations, and online communities are great places to connect with like-minded individuals.

The National Kitchen and Bath Industry (NKBA) has been a wonderful community builder for me. The NKBA hosts the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, partnering with The International Builders Show every year. I never miss attending KBIS as it offers great networking events. Attending industry shows is the perfect way to build career opportunities across the board.

Automate and Delegate

Automation and delegation are key strategies for maximizing efficiency as a small business owner. Look for opportunities to automate repetitive tasks using technology and tools. Additionally, consider outsourcing non-core activities such as administrative tasks, accounting, or marketing to freelancers or virtual assistants.

Bookkeeping has always stressed me out and I have always outsourced my bookkeeping task. I was lucky to have had the same bookkeeper for the past 15 years, but unfortunately, he just retired. I decided to learn bookkeeping which again made me a better business owner. I outsource my payroll because I am just not comfortable with that, so you want to pick and choose what you need to outsource and what you want to be responsible for.

Invest in Personal Development

Continuous learning and personal development are essential for success as a small business owner. Stay updated on industry trends, acquire new skills, and invest in professional development opportunities. Whether it’s attending workshops, online courses, or reading books, commit to lifelong learning to stay ahead of the curve.

Early in my career, I invested in learning, achieving my interior designer license, becoming a master kitchen and bath designer, and specializing in lighting design. This has allowed me to create specialties in my field making me more in demand and a multidimensional designer.

Cultivate a Strong Online Presence

In today’s digital age, having a strong online presence is critical for small businesses. Create a professional website, leverage social media platforms, and utilize digital marketing strategies to reach your target audience. Consistently engage with your audience and provide valuable content to build trust and credibility for your brand.

Practice Self-Care

Running a business solo can be demanding, both mentally and physically. It’s important to prioritize self-care to avoid burnout and maintain your overall well-being. Make time for relaxation, exercise, and hobbies outside of work. Remember that taking care of yourself is essential for sustaining long-term success as a small business owner.

I truly believe living well helps you succeed in your personal life and business career.

Stay Flexible and Adapt

Flexibility is key when you’re a one-person show. Markets, technologies, and customer preferences are constantly evolving, so it’s important to stay adaptable and willing to pivot when necessary. Be open to new ideas, experiment with different approaches, and don’t be afraid to change course if something isn’t working which is exactly what I did during the recession.

Celebrate Your Achievements

Finally, don’t forget to celebrate your achievements as a one-person show. Running a business solo is no small feat, so take pride in your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem. Recognize your hard work and resilience, and use your successes as motivation to keep pushing forward.

Being a one-person show as a small business owner can be challenging, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. By embracing your independence, mastering time management, focusing on your strengths, and building a strong support network, you can successfully navigate the journey of entrepreneurship solo. With dedication, perseverance, and the right strategies, you can build a thriving business on your terms.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.