Are You Outsourcing or Trying to Manage Everything on Your Own? 9


In a large company, one person does not run everything by themself. It would be ridiculous to even think so.  Someone does the filing and administrative tasks, another person handles travel, marketers handle advertising, salespeople make sales, accountants keep the financial books, etc.

So why should a small business owner attempt to complete everything by themself?  Granted you may be able to get away with this in the initial stages of growing your business, but there will come a time when you really NEED to outsource some tasks. Trying to do it all is not only overwhelming, but it keeps you from performing the real revenue generating tasks and projects you are really passionate about.

Here are just a few compelling reasons why business owners should seriously consider outsourcing:

  • Obviously, you can’t learn everything.  No matter how smart you are, you simply can’t.  Even if you could, learning takes time and there are only a set number of hours in a day.  You are going to end up disappointed and frustrated if you try to learn everything that needs to be done in your business.
     
  • You have a life outside of your business.  Everyone needs time to spend with family and friends, even if they’re running a business.  If we try to tackle everything ourselves, we won’t have time to enjoy the finer things in life. I know I started my business so that I would have more time to spend with my kids.  Before I outsourced, I rarely enjoyed time with my children. One day my son told me that he saw more of me before I started working at home. Ouch! That statement really hurt because my previous job was as a flight attendant and I was often gone for days at a time.
     
  • The stress of trying to do it all can adversely affect your health.  Everyday life can be stressful enough that we don’t need to add to it by unnecessarily working too much and getting frustrated performing tasks we really aren’t capable of doing properly. If you also have a family or other obligations outside of work, it will really help to balance your work and personal life by outsourcing.  Besides affecting our state of mind, too much stress can cause high blood pressure and put us at risk for many other ailments.  You definitely don’t want that – if you were to get seriously ill, then who would look after your business and/or family?
     
  • A person who is well trained in a specialized area should be able to do a better job. For example, I can create my own graphics and occasionally do, but I am much better off hiring a graphics designer with an eye for design and artistic skills. If you barely know HTML, it would take you quite a while to learn how to make a good-looking and functional website. An experienced web designer could have your entire website up and running before you were even finished learning what you need to know. In situations like these, it just makes more sense to outsource than to try to do it yourself.
     
  • Believe it or not, outsourcing can save you money.  Some tasks require special equipment or software.  If you’re not going to need these things in the future, it doesn’t make much sense to buy them for one project.  Hiring someone else that already has what is needed to get the job done is usually more economical. Also, if you really mess something up like your website, it’s going to cost you more to get someone else to fix it than if you had just hired them in the first place.

In many cases, outsourcing makes good business sense. You get to concentrate on the things you enjoy and are best at doing.  It can save you a lot of time and money.  So the next time you feel overwhelmed with an overabundance of work, I hope you will consider outsourcing.

Are you currently outsourcing or have any questions/advice about doing so? If so, please be sure to leave a comment.

Hi and welcome to Virtually Done. I’m Leslie and it’s a pleasure to meet you! If you are an online entrepreneur or small business owner struggling to find enough time in your day to concentrate on the tasks you are passionate about, I can help you!

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9 thoughts on “Are You Outsourcing or Trying to Manage Everything on Your Own?

  • MelAnn

    Best thing I ever did for myself was hire a VA and discover fiverr.com! I try to outsource as much as I can! My life gets even more busier next week when my classes start. Coming to you from UBC!

    (Ummm took me a bit to figure out your post comment button – it is just a blank box. Just fyi)

    • Leslie Post author

      Isn’t Fiverr great? I’m glad to hear that you’ve hired a VA and it has worked out well for you.(I’ll be sure to check out what is up with my comment button and see what I can do to fix it – thanks for letting me know, MelAnn.)

  • Kathy Widenhouse

    One of my best investments is the small monthly fee I pay my tech guy. I appreciate his skills so much, not to mention how he reduces the frustration factor when it comes to keeping my computer and files up to speed.

    • Leslie Post author

      Technology is great but it can definitely create a lot of frustration at times! I’m glad you’ve been able to avoid it by hiring your tech guy. Thanks for the comment, Kathy – see you in the UBC group!

  • Gwen Tanner

    I’ve outsourced a lot of things that are just time suckers like transcription, web development and graphic design. It has always been well worth the price! I sit here daily trying to figure out things that I put off because I don’t have time to do them – if I had just outsourced they would have be done!

    • Leslie Post author

      So true, Gwen – outsourcing can spare you a lot of time! It’s good to know which things you don’t have time to do or don’t enjoy doing and let someone else handle them.

  • Maura Raffensperger

    I cannot believe how fast my VA can accomplish things that would take me hours! For example, I write my blog posts in batches, then email her to let her know they are scheduled. She finds images for each post in minutes, whereas I used to spend hours scrolling through photo sites looking for the right image. It does take some time to plan how a VA can help you most, but if you have a clear idea of what you need, and are open to suggestions from your VA, it is wonderfully freeing. Some of my clients have tried using a VA in the past and complain that it did not work out well, but usually that is because they had not defined what they needed done and expected the VA to magically transform their business with no direction.

    • Leslie Post author

      Maura, I’m so glad to hear that you are having a successful experience with your VA. I’d love to know her secret for finding blog post images – it still takes me forever to find what I need! It sounds like you’ve got a keeper and I’m sure a lot of that has to do with you and how you’ve defined your needs and expectations. 🙂

  • Indigo

    Thank you for spelling this out so clearly. I read an article recently that you will probably agree with strongly. It basically pointed out that the most intelligent people often weren’t the most successful simply because they were the worst at delegating. Because they genuinely can do most things better than anyone else, they can never stand to let anyone do anything for them. The result is that they are never able to scale, because there are only so many hours in a day, no matter how smart you are.

    Turns out, the smartest thing to do is clearly define your business processes to where any literate person could follow them and do the task at least 80% as well as you would, then let that last 20% go! Delegate to elevate. And VAs are the perfect place to begin. — Business consultants being a good second investment, of course 😉