Outsourcing is all the rage! Everywhere you look there are more websites telling people that they need to to outsource if they want to grow their business.
… and they are right.
Doing it all yourself is going to have you spending your most precious commodity — your time — doing things that do not make you money.
However, not everyone is ready to take that step, even if they think they are. There are 5 signs that you are not ready to start outsourcing just yet. That statement may seem contradictory from someone who does these types of job, but my main interest is to help people, even if that means telling them they are not ready for my services.
This is not talking about small projects for things that you don’t know how/don’t want to learn how to do when you first get started. This outsourcing is more referencing to ongoing monthly help to hand off on a short (few months) or long (year and up) basis.
5 Signs You Are Not Ready to Start Outsourcing
1. You just started your business – Right out of the box, there is a lot to be determined before you start handing it off. You need to decide what your standard operating procedures will be or what is in your operations manual. ( Or electing to get help with that first is not a bad idea!) Once you know what your business looks like, you will know where you can start. Initially, you may have to do it all yourself. I think every entrepreneur does, but it definitely should not stay that way. Until you have your own stuff in order, you are just going to be paying someone to flounder in the mess.
2. You have no idea what to outsource – This seems to be the biggest problems. You have SO much to do in your business and you want to get rid of it all and think you will find one person to do everything and they will swoop in and fix everything. Odds of that are highly unlikely. You need to determine what you can afford and what is sucking up the biggest portion of your time. Only you know that answer.
3. You don’t have a budget – If the most you can afford to outsource your social media per month is $100 or less, you are not going to get very far. Until you have the income to sustain the help, just wait a little longer. Once your are really up and running, decide how much you can spend and see how far those dollars will get you. You may just start getting small projects done, but that is making progress!
4. You don’t want to relinquish control – Giving up control is your first step in taking control crazy as that may sound. You need to be able to accept help. If you try to get help before you are ready to accept it, you are going to cause an uncomfortable environment for yourself and the person who is assisting you. Even if you had one bad experience, realize that there is someone out there who is right for you. You just need to choose the right person who loves your business as much as you do.
5. You haven’t done your due diligence to pick the right person – Do you run right up and buy the first car you see? No, you check out your options. There are people out there who can do just about anything. Choose someone who does what you want well and so much that they would do it even if they weren’t getting paid. Check them out on social media. Read their testimonials. Send them an email and ask questions.
Are you nervous about outsourcing or want to know more about if it is the right decision for you? Check out my quickstart guide to how a virtual partner can work for you.
Heather Santo is a certified Virtual Administrative Consultant with over 15 years of customer service experience. She also spent time in corporate America as a Human Resources Manager performing generalist duties and specializing in recruiting. She now enjoys using her talents to serve her clients to give them a social media presence that shines through social media content and graphics.
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