As a business owner have you ever been in a situation where you knew you needed outside help but you were still hesitant to get it?
We’ve all been there. You just push through doing the best you can. It’s a short-term fix and you know that but you’ll get to a more permanent solution later. There’s other more pressing things on your to-do list. Good enough is well…good enough!
There are many reasons why we don’t outsource tasks or make the necessary hires in our businesses. Today, we’re going to share the top three.
Do any of them resonate with you? As you read ask yourself: Are they reason enough not to get the help I need?
1. The time it takes to onboard them.
When you hire someone, they are coming to you as a blank slate. You are the expert of your business. You know the deadlines. The standards. The goals for the future. All of it.
Adding someone else into the mix is a requirement of your time. You will have to get them up-to-speed and just how fast you can do that depends on how well organized you are.
If we are hesitant to get help, we may dread the amount of time it will take because we haven’t done our part to create systems. We know it will require us walking them through step by step because the processes still live in our heads and not on paper.
If this resonates with you, your priority is perfecting your workflow and creating tutorials so that anyone can jump in at any time and have all of the information that they need.
2. You feel like you’ll lose control.
Your business is yours. Through and through. You have spent hours planning and executing so that it can be the success that it is. It can be simpler to create alone because there are no other ideas that you have to consider.
If you feel as though hiring outside help will cause you to lose creative or operational control of your business, be at ease. Everything must still funnel through you. You will always remain the decision-maker.
Just because someone gives you an idea, it doesn’t mean that you have to use it. On the other hand, the idea might be just what you’re missing and it could accelerate your business in ways you couldn’t have imagined.
If this resonates with you, take some time to develop your company values. It will give you a compass that you can use to help filter ideas — whether they come from you or someone else.
Also, you can use your values as a talking point during the hiring process. It could be a great fit to hire someone who is already in alignment with your values and is on board with the vision that you have for your company.
3. The upfront costs mean less immediate money.
Hiring outside help requires money. If your revenue for the month is $1000, and you had to pay out $500 to outsource several tasks, it can feel like you’re operating at a lost. That’s half of your revenue!
You might have heard the saying, “You have to spend money to make money!” In some cases, that’s true. Yes, in the short-term, you will lose some revenue but if the outside help you’ve hired can free up your time so that you can develop new products or services, it’s worth it.
In your business, there are certain things that only you can do. You are the face of the company. You are the visionary. You create the tasks list. If you had 100 things on your plate, and your outside help can take off 70 things — it’s absolutely worth it. You have just freed up space to add more high-quality tasks to your plate. Your diner meal just became gourmet.
The key is to make sure that your revenue continues to increase each month while the cost of your outside help stays fixed. That’s how you know if you are making a wise investment. If not, it’s time to make an adjustment.
If this resonates with you, create a list of all of the tasks that are highly draining to you. It can be draining your time, mental energy or other resources. If there are items on that list that would be a relief if they are gone, then you may want to consider hiring outside help. Over time, you will be able to run your business without feeling like your hands are tied behind your back.
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We just covered three common reasons business owners don’t outsource or hire outside help. The time it takes to onboard them. The lost of creative or operational control. And finally, the upfront costs that can take away from your revenue.
None of these reasons are good enough to not get the help you need. Your business will only grow at the pace that you do. If you aren’t able to operate at your best because there are too many things to do and not enough time to do them, then consider getting the help that you need.