The Challenges and Rewards of Being a Solo Act

California utility locating contractor in no rush to bring on additional employees

The Challenges and Rewards of Being a Solo Act

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When Dave Marzio decided it was time to start his utility locating company, Spearhead Locating Services, in central California, he knew he wanted to go about it on his own. He wasn’t ready to take on any staff.

Three years later, Marzio is still enjoying the life of owning the company and being the sole employee.

“The main thing I like is not having to keep anybody else busy and the additional cost of having someone on board full time,” he says.

Marzio isn’t alone in being a one-person business. According to Forbes magazine, there are now more than 20 million single-person businesses in the U.S., accounting for more than three-fourths of all U.S. businesses.

One of the cons of being a one-person business is a constantly fluctuating work schedule. Marzio can find himself working every day one week and then only a couple days the following week. Fortunately, at the moment, Marzio finds himself working an average of four days a week.

“When you get busy, you get busy,” Marzio says. “There’s also a lot of driving and getting up early. The biggest challenge is trying to keep it busy, but not too busy where I can’t handle the workload.”

Some of the advantages for Marzio include being able to set his own schedule, guaranteeing the work is done correctly according to his expectations, and getting to know customers personally.

But Marzio knows that someday he may not be the only employee of his company simply due to the nature of business growth.

“Eventually I’m going to get to where I need to hire someone because as the business grows, I won’t be able to handle it by myself. I’ll need to find someone,” he says.

Read more about Spearhead Locating Services in this full profile featured in the May/June 2018 issue of Dig Different magazine.


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