As a remote entrepreneur, you started your business with limited means. The cost of paying someone else to complete tasks for you may sound extravagant. You’re in good company—this is the fear of many new business owners. It sounds impossible to bring someone on when you’re trying to figure out how to run a business and make money.
But if you always try to do everything by yourself, you guarantee your own failure. A business simply functions better with more heads put together.
So how do you know when it’s the right time to start outsourcing some of your responsibilities? And where do you start with trying to hire good help? Can you really do the best work with a team?
Spending Money Makes Money
How can you avoid stress and feel confident in the progress your business makes? How can you make sure that all tasks get accomplished excellently and efficiently?
It feels risky to pay other people to accomplish tasks when you’re starting out. But I remember hearing some great advice when I got started as an entrepreneur: “The reason you can’t afford to delegate is because you don’t delegate.”
You have to think about this question: How valuable is your time versus the money it costs to have someone else do something for you? When you make an investment in your business by outsourcing, it pays off. And you’ll usually see results quickly.
If you maintain that you’re the only one who can do it right, you’ll never cross beyond your limits. I have a secret for you: Excellent business leaders recognize their limits and use them to their advantage. They hire employees who can accomplish certain things better and faster than they can.
I wish I had learned this lesson sooner. I worked too many hours on tasks I wasn’t good at when I could have outsourced them and completed other important responsibilities. Now, I aim to have a smaller number of daily tasks. Having a team allows me to focus on big picture details of running the business, like creating content, networking, and planning for the future of the business.
Release your need to control every aspect and try to do everything perfectly. When you delegate time-consuming tasks, you free up time to handle critical responsibilities that only you can do.
4 Indications You’re Ready to Hire
When should you take the plunge to outsource some of your responsibilities?
1. You Dread Certain Tasks
You procrastinate scheduling social media content. You’ve got billing that takes up far too much time during your week. The thought of dealing with another Excel spreadsheet sends shivers down your spine.
You don’t have to face all of this dreaded work alone! It’s time to ask for help. Chances are, you can find someone who enjoys doing the mundane tasks you despise. Pay them to take those tasks off your plate.
2. You’re Drowning in Work
If your plate is full, and you face daily fatigue, it’s time to get some help. It’s not necessary to kill yourself in order to be successful.
Delegate your tasks. Employ other people with training and skills to do tasks you aren’t good at. Not everyone can be a social media expert—but you can hire one to take care of those posts and keep up with the metrics.
When you find someone who can handle these chores more quickly than you can, you have a good investment of money for your time. Then your schedule opens up, so you can focus on other responsibilities of running a business.
3. You Feel Ready to Quit
Some entrepreneurs think they have to put in more hours and work harder to get ahead of competitors. They try to increase the amount of work and energy they are capable of. That isn’t always the solution. It just leads to burnout. Instead, a successful entrepreneur works to improve and increase results… not the amount of effort they put in.
Instead of facing mental and physical exhaustion, preserve energy in favor of more crucial tasks. Outsource whatever takes a toll on your time and mental energy.
When we left our old job for a life of remote entrepreneurship, we did it so we could feel the freedom of controlling our own lives. Don’t let your workload become the new thing that controls you. Take back the future of your business and turn tasks over to someone else.
4. Get Help When You Need It
Do you feel ready? Delegate.
When I started as an entrepreneur, I did every task and all the busywork by myself. Who knows where I would be if I had only recognized my need to get help… and hired some assistants to take care of some of the tasks that sucked my time away. If I had to do it again, I would hire as soon as I made money. If I hadn’t been intimidated by the thought of investing in my business at the start, I could have created recurring revenue more quickly.
When you meet skilled professionals, add them to a list of contacts you can call to help you when you have some revenue coming in. Even if you don’t hire people right from the start, keep these contacts on file. Then, when you’re ready, you have their names, expertise, and contact information handy. You’ll already have an expert in mind when you need a website, tax prep, or customer support.
These days, I have dedicated staff members for every department of my business, including administration, customer support, and content creation. I have no regrets about giving any of it up. In fact, I’ve been able to expand my business far, far beyond what I could do by myself.
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