9 Things You Need to Sacrifice If You Want to Build a One-Person Business (And Get Wealthy)

Light your fantasies about what a business is on fire

Tim Denning
The Startup
Published in
7 min readJul 23, 2023

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Employees rarely become rich.

Investing in a business or owning a business is one of the primary ways people get wealthy. This is no secret. It makes sense.

What’s changed is people are getting over the idea of running a big company with lots of employees and VC investors to keep happy.

It’s just too much stress.

A one-person business can make you anywhere from 6 figures to $2M USD a year. It’s not Hugh Hefner Playboy money … but it’s a damn good life.

How do I know? I built a one-person business that does 7 figures and quit my 9–5 job 2.5 years ago because of it. And I’m thick as a brick.

Here are the sacrifices I had to make (they’ll rip your face off).

1. Your fantasies about what a business is

Starting a business has become as romantic as writing a Jane Austin novel in an off-grid wood cabin while smoking a corn cob pipe.

A business isn’t this glorified thing it used to be.

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Tim Denning
The Startup

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