What kind of business tasks should I outsource, and how do I know when I should start doing this?
I get this question a lot from my clients, and perhaps you’ve been there too. Your business is picking up momentum and you’re starting to turn a profit, but you’re swamped. And exhausted.
The truth is hiring, training, and organizing your team takes a lot of energy so it has to be the right move in the long term to move your business forward.
Usually this is best done when you’re profitable enough that the extra help will still allow you to make a living despite the added expense. I suggest you start by looking at everything you’re doing on a daily basis and see if it is moving your business forward and/or contributing to your bottom line. If an activity isn’t, then stop doing it! You may be shocked how many things you’re doing that aren’t actually helping your biz grow!
For those tasks that you absolutely can’t get rid of but aren’t directly contributing to growing your business, here are a few suggestions on how to outsource them affordably:
1. Find An Intern
I love working with interns. It’s a great way to get some help inexpensively, and there is no shortage of college students or people wanting to learn your type of business. Just keep in mind that you will still have to invest the time to train this person, and they probably won’t stick around forever.
2. Hire A Contractor
Contractors are great for one off tasks that need to get done, but aren’t crucial to your business. Places like Fiverr or Upwork have many freelancers to choose from! Make sure to check ratings, examples, terms, and turnaround time before deciding to hire someone.
3. Hire a Virtual Assistant
If you’re looking for a longer term solution I’d suggest hiring a virtual assistant (VA for short). VAs provide a plethora of services for an hourly rate. They can do anything from web design, to writing social media content, to managing your personal and business calendar! Start with a few tasks, and if all goes well you can gradually give them more responsibilities. The best place to find a good VA is to ask around! Check in with other business owners, entrepreneur-minded facebook groups, and any coaches you may have hired for a good recommendation.
I hope these suggestions were helpful to you! What about you? What tasks do you outsource and when did you start outsourcing? Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to join our community of like-minded world changers, Christian Women Who Lead.
Christian Life and Leadership Coach , Angela J Herrington, loves helping women find freedom and fulfillment in their God given calling. She teaches women how to recognize, cultivate, and unleash their God given leadership ability. A true Gen Xer-Angela loves thinking outside the box, combining things that are seemingly unrelated, and helping women create a unique life that perfectly suits their soul.
With 8 years of life, business, social media, and leadership coaching under her belt Angela a dynamic speaker and writer who creates enormous value for her audiences. She is known for crushing complex topics down to bite sized pieces and sending her audience home with actionable steps to apply their learning.
Angela is a Lark’s Song Certified Life Coach who reaches hundreds of thousands of women in 40+ countries each month on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and two blogs.
As the founder of Broken Beautiful BOLD Women’s Ministry, AngelaJHerrington.com, Christian Women Who Lead, The Calling Course, The Impact Incubator, and the XGen Christian Women’s Leadership Project, Angela receives rave reviews at women’s ministry events, writer’s conferences, and small business workshops.
Angela, her husband, and five children live in her home state of Indiana. Angela has served on the Board of Directors for Christian Coaches International, as Vice Chair of the Carey Services Board of Directors, and held multiple positions in her local church, scouting organizations, and schools.
She holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Indiana Wesleyan and a Master’s in Leadership from Wesley Seminary. Angela’s short story “The Turkey Trail“ was published in the collection Naturally Yours: Stories About Indiana’s State Parks and Reservoirs. She has been published in Hope for Women and HOPE is Now magazines.