I had the privilege of listening to one of my VA colleagues the other week talking about the breakthroughs in her business and one of them was when she learnt to outsource. This might sound a bit odd coming from someone who provides an outsourcing service, but it is a key factor in any business being able to grow.
There will most likely come a point in your business when you need some extra help but aren't ready to commit to employing someone. This is an ideal time to consider outsourcing whatever it is you don't like doing / aren't good at.
A lot of small businesses are outsourced suppliers to other small businesses and you can buy help in pretty much any area you're struggling with:
· Social media management
· General Admin
· Website maintenance
The list goes on.
I am fortunate that I have a team of VAs in-house so it's easy for me to make use of them and a lot of my admin is carried out by someone other than me, freeing me up to focus on growing the business and work on the higher value tasks. But it's just as easy for you to make use of a VA as well. You'll most likely meet one at any networking event you go to these days, or you can always give us a call.
When using outsourced help you are usually just paying for the hours worked (although you will be able to negotiate retainers if you prefer to work that way) and that won't include toilet breaks and a chat round the water cooler, so it's a really smart way to start to grow your business.
The other facility I have made use of lately www.fiverr.com when I've needed small jobs like an e-book cover designing or a video file converting into a different format.
So, what tasks do you hate doing and who do you know that you could pay to do it for you - most likely making a much better job of than you, in a fraction of the time - and free you up to do other things?