How many hats are you wearing this week? Sometimes being mum, taxi, cook, partner, student, accountant, cleaner, dog walker, first-aider, coach and business owner is just a bit too much.
The stress levels rise when you have so much to do and there are literally not enough hours in the day.
I know it's a big step to hand over some of your responsibilities to other people. Will they do as good a job as you? How long will it actually take for you to explain it all to them? BUT - you run YOUR business because you LOVE it - and if you don't let go of some of the jobs then your business can't grow and you'll begin to resent it.
When is the best time to outsource? When you feel you are doing too much or when you know you could be growing your business instead of working in your business.
You have choices! If you don’t want to commit to having someone help you on a regular basis you have the option of working with someone for a block of time - like a project. This is perfect to test the water or if you have something big in your business diary that you are working towards (eg an offer launch). Or maybe you just need to give yourself that bit of breathing space to recalibrate and re-engage with your creative side.
If you are not sure what types of one-off jobs you can outsource here is a list of possibilities:
Inbox sort out - (I once tackled an inbox with over 23,000 emails! I love nothing more than an organised inbox
SOPs - Writing out all the systems and processes for how your business works
A digital filing cabinet all systemised - a good tidy up of your Drive
Uploading Blogs - sourcing and resizing images
Email Newsletters - all batched and ready to send
Social Media Content - a batch of posts written and ready to use over a period of time
Building a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system - so you know who your clients are and keep track of potential customers
Creating an onboarding process
Research for a product/service/competitor
All these jobs are one-offs and outsourceable! So if you have a task that you see as a real challenge which is holding you back from moving forward - pass it on! Outsourcing the jobs you don’t enjoy will save you time and money. You’ll be able to focus on what you enjoy and what you get paid for. Reduce that overwhelm and fall back in love with your business. It’s a great feeling.
Hop over to Instagram (I’m @sarahforde.co.uk) and connect with me there. I’m sharing what goes on at Forde Family HQ and how the working-from-home juggle fits in with a house of grown-up kids who are all fighting for the internet and eating us out of house and home!