When it comes to your business, you’re it. You’re the bookkeeper, the administrative assistant, the graphic designer, the copywriter, the entire marketing team and so much more.
You’re a one-woman show – and though your business is doing ok, you know it would be doing much better if you stopped doing #allthethings and got some help. You know you need help so you can free up your time to work on the important things, the things you have to get done if you want to grow.
But we both know that’s easier said than done. Because while you hear about the advantages of having team members and delegating (pretty much daily), you’re not sure you’re ready.
That’s likely because of one or more of the following reasons:
You’re afraid it will cost you too much.
When you’re a solopreneur, it’s true that any money you pay someone else is money you’re not paying yourself. But you have to consider this fact too: if you continue to try and do it all, there’s a cost involved. In fact, you’re probably leaving money on the table by spending your time doing tedious tasks and procrastinating on the bigger picture projects that will bring more revenue into your business.
You don’t know where to find good help.
There’s some truth to the old saying "good help is hard to find" but only if you’re looking in the wrong places. You can find an abundance of amazing, reputable service providers and solopreneurs in local networking groups and online communities. Potential contractors and team members are available to help you with pretty much anything in your business – and it’s likely they have the skills and expertise to do the work even better than you could do yourself.
You think it’s going to take too much time to train someone.
If you want to bring on a team member or work with a contractor, you’re going to experience a "get to know you" phase as they get familiar with you and your business. That said, you’ll rarely spend more time training someone to support you than you’d spend doing everything yourself for the foreseeable future. In this case, time invested up front is almost always time saved down the road.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to start moving away from being a one-woman show. When it comes to the cost hurdle, for example, you can run the numbers to see what you could actually afford to spend on support and what it costs to hire help. When it comes to finding good help, you can reach out to trusted people in your network or post a request for leads in a Facebook community so you can start making a list of referrals.
When you start taking small steps toward getting help in your business, you shift from being someone who does all the things to being someone who’s getting into the mindset of delegating.
It’s a subtle difference but one that will get you closer to the place where you can free up your time to focus on the important, growth-oriented projects in your business.
What's the biggest hurdle you're facing around delegating? Comment below and let's chat through it.
P.S. There’s one more hurdle that comes up with delegating that I didn’t cover above: you simply don’t know what you could (or should) get help with in your business. I’m going to talk about this very hurdle in detail tomorrow during The 5 Steps to Simplify Your Business Workshop. (You guessed it – getting help is one of the steps I’m sharing to help you stop overcomplicating your business so you can grow more and experience more freedom this year.)
You can get more details about the 90-minute workshop and reserve your spot for just $25 by clicking here. There are just a few more spots left!