When it comes to running a business, if you really want to be able to grow properly, then you’re going to have to learn to be able to let go of the reigns a little and trust others to help you get things done in your business.
Although this can be difficult, it’s important to remember that this is how major businesses have grown from virtually nothing to the empires they are today, and even if you don’t have such huge dreams for your business, you have to remember that there are only so many hours in the day and that if you truly want the time and financial freedom you’re capable of having in your business, then you’ll just need to let go at some point.
So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of outsourcing in your business, then in this post we’re going to share with you just how to prepare for outsourcing for the first time.
Make a list:
The very first step before you even does anything like looking for people or starting to make a job ad is to get really clear on what it is you want your assistant to do for you.
This is not actually as easy as it sounds because some of the stuff you just do without thinking about it and if someone asked what you do in your business all day, you’d have to think about for a while. So what you’re going to do here is to sit down and start writing a list of absolutely everything you do in your business on a daily or weekly basis.
Then, what you’re going to do is split this list into two categories. The first being what you don’t like doing or just don’t feel like are the tasks where your energy and time are best spent – these are the things you’re going to outsource to someone else. The next category is going to include the tasks you enjoy doing and/or those that are within your zone of genius.
For example, maybe you’re a great copywriter and love writing all your own stuff so you don’t need to hire someone for this, but maybe staying on top of admin and managing all of your document systems to stay tidy and organized really isn’t your strong point, so you’re best hiring someone for this.
Now that you have your list of things you want someone to be able to manage for you, it’s time to start looking for that person, but like with any good relationship, you don’t just dive in and go with the first person you meet.
Take time to research your options by asking around with fellow business owners or looking online to get an idea of what offers are available before you start reaching out to people. Once you have a bit of a list and criteria narrowed down, then start contacting people.
Do a trial:
Business is all about testing things out, and although you may find your dream employee the first time, the chances of this happening aren’t great, so it’s always a good idea to have a trial run of a week or two to make sure you’re a good fit for each other before moving further with a longer contract.