Business Owners: What is your greatest fear?

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Business owner biggest fearFear is behind far too many of the decisions we make each day.  We fear being rejected by a love interest, we fear being ostracized at work, we fear that our project will not turn out as planned, and we sometimes let fear paralyze our progress, keeping us from attempting something beyond our comfort zones.

One of my favorite quotes, “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there,” sums it up nicely.  Seeking solutions outside your norm is inherently uncomfortable.  Who can you trust? How will you know if the option you choose will be the right one?

Is fear keeping you from using a PEO?

Professional Employer Organizations, sometimes referred to as HR Outsourcing companies, are in the business of helping companies with their non-revenue-producing tasks, so they can focus on growing their businesses.  That’s right:  a PEO is a business that’s in business to help your business. And they have a team of experts in all the right areas (HR, payroll, benefits, risk management, safety, and compliance) working together to do just that.

The insightful Steven Pressfield wrote in The War of Art, “Fear is good.  Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator.  Fear tells us what we have to do…The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”

When you started your company, you did that with the conviction that you had a product or service to sell that would solve problems for and address the needs of your chosen consumers.  You marketed to them, spread the word, and your company started to grow.  At some point, you probably started getting bogged down with things like employment applications, recruiting, benefits, job descriptions, workers’ comp claims, payroll and tax deposits, and trying to stay in compliance with a variety of different laws and regulations.  It’s hard to focus on strategic planning, increasing your bottom line and raising the quality of your team and services when you’re constantly in “crisis mode.”

If you haven’t yet, you will reach a point where it’s riskier and more uncomfortable to keep doing what you’re doing than it is to seek outside assistance or change your processes.

When Staff One HR CEO Mark Sinatra took the helm of this company in July 2008, he brought with him a great deal of experience, knowledge and training, but he also chose to learn from the team already in place.  He looked at the history of the company and where it was headed, and he made strategic plans for growth.  While Mark has pivoted at times, his focus remains the same:  grow Staff One HR by providing excellent service to our clients and developing the skills of our team members, while continuously reinvesting in technology and training to keep raising the bar.  This mindset has paid huge dividends, as Staff One HR celebrated its second straight year on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

Don’t let fear hold your business back from achieving your goals, becoming a “Best Place to Work,” or even earning your own spot on the Inc. 5000 list for exponential growth.  Step – no, LEAP! – outside your comfort zone and trust professionals to help you grow your business and make it all you’ve dreamed.

Here are 8 key indicators that you should consider working with a PEO. If you’re looking for a Dallas PEO or have questions, contact the author directly at

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