Let’s tackle the dreaded question: How do I begin the process of outsourcing in my business? It’s a question that is brought up often. Every reader of this blog post may find themselves in a different stage with their business and that’s okay!
So, how do we excel in all these aspects? How do we make a positive impact in our homes, with our children, in our own lives, and within our marriages and businesses?
These are the questions we’re here to tackle. And here’s the key: we can’t do it all alone. That’s where the concept of outsourcing in your business comes into play. By entrusting certain tasks to others—delegating what we either lack time for or believe can be handled more effectively by someone else—we open the door to greater efficiency and focus on what truly matters.
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From Worker to Leader: Outsourcing in Your Business
I found myself in a similar position for quite some time, especially with my event-based business. It served as a wonderful creative outlet, and I loved every detail of it. However, as time went on, I realized that I had to embrace the role of the Visionary and CEO—the person actually running the company, not just being a worker focused on the tasks.
This realization extended beyond my business and applied to my home and motherhood as well. You can’t solely be the worker bee all the time; after all, your children are your little helpers, and your husband is an incredible teammate, whether you’ve recognized it yet or not. And don’t worry if you haven’t mastered this aspect yet; you are in the right spot!
Empowering Your Inner Leader
The truth is, you possess incredible potential to lead in various aspects of life: your business, your children’s lives, and your home. You can be a true partner to your husband as you journey through marriage. Unfortunately, society often fails to teach women about their potential within. But now, you have the opportunity to uncover and harness that potential.
Let’s dive into these important topics and start learning how to tackle them. This blog post is precisely designed to demystify the process of hiring help. You’ll be amazed at how simple it can be, and you don’t need a fortune to make it happen! Trust me, I’ve got you covered. I’ll break it all down for you, so without any further delay, let’s get started!
Overcoming the ‘Control Freak’ Mindset in Business
Many entrepreneurs, including myself, have grappled with the label ‘control freak’ when it comes to seeking help in our businesses. But let’s be clear; this label isn’t a life sentence! With the right training and intention, we can create new habits and excel beyond our natural inclinations. That’s what makes this journey so empowering!
Some of you may even wear the ‘control freak’ badge with pride, but deep down, you know that it can have its downsides. It may lead to moments of foolish actions and unnecessary overwork driven by pride and fear of failure. This fear may prevent you from entrusting tasks and responsibilities to others, making you exhausted.
Moreover, insecurity may play a significant role in your reluctance to surrender control. Doubts about your organizational skills, ability to train others, and capability to set up systems on the backend create anxiety.
Yet, acknowledging your weaknesses and the tasks others can do for you allows you to set up a framework for them to follow. This framework ensures things are done the right way and empowers you to embrace the idea of others stepping in.
The Value of Delegating and Outsourcing in Business
Another important aspect to consider is the perception that training people requires too much time and energy. I often hear people say, ‘It’s just easier if I do it myself; I can get it done in literally 5 minutes.’ But let’s be honest, those 5 minutes and all the other little tasks add up over time!
However, what I’ve learned from experience is that while training someone may require some initial investment of time, it ultimately saves you a tremendous amount of time in the long run.
Strategic Hiring Insight: Embrace Early Outsourcing in Your Business For Growth
Allow me to share a valuable lesson I received from my mentor and coach during the first year and a half of my business journey. They encouraged me, and everyone else, to ‘Hire before you think you’re ready, hire before you have the money.’ It’s a piece of advice that seems counterintuitive at first, as we often doubt having enough resources to hire. But it’s a mindset shift that can be transformative.
“Hire before you think you’re ready, hire before you have the money.”
In a fascinating coincidence, Blaine received similar advice from his coach at this same time! His coach told him to design his push row of buttons, enabling him to execute specific tasks and plans with the push of a button.
At first, I was hesitant to give up control. It took several months! But as I mastered my business and things became routine, I realized the immense value outsourcing has. It transformed the way I operate my business, making it a piece of cake.
Navigating Outsourcing Channels: Finding Partners for Your Business
So, let me share how it all started. The first person I ever worked with was an intern, and I didn’t have to pay them anything. It turned out to be an incredible learning experience and helped me set up my business to delegate tasks effectively.
My intern was able to explore the idea of becoming a VA as I offered 5 hours or even just an hour of work.You can propose a trial period to an intern of 30, 60, or 90 days to test the waters and see if they’d like to continue working with you on a contracted basis!
To find potential partners, I got resourceful and reached out to stay-at-home mom groups. It’s amazing what connections you can make just by asking around within your community. I found the most success through word-of-mouth referrals and recommendations from people I knew personally, like fellow podcasters or professionals in my niche.
Collaborative Success: Sharing the Load for Effective Outsourcing in Business
Sometimes, you just need to take a moment to stop and realize it’s not that complicated. If there’s something you dislike doing, don’t want to do, or if you’re simply overwhelmed with work, then it’s time to start looking for somebody to help.
Here’s the thing—I have one more important point to make. If you’re content with where you are, and you have no desire to grow or explore new possibilities, then by all means, stay where you are and do what you’re doing.
But if you’re eager to grow and expand your horizons, then you need to accept that there’s only so much you can handle with just your two arms. No matter how much you try to stack everything on top of each other, eventually, something’s going to fall.
That’s where collaborating with others becomes crucial. When you partner up with someone, they can share the load and take on tasks you’d otherwise be juggling alone.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be complicated at all. Embrace the idea of finding the right person to complement your skills and be open to creating a partnership that benefits both of you.
Organization: The Power of a Solid Workflow
So, let me break it down for you. The first step to getting organized and making your business run smoothly is to create a solid workflow. I talked about this in Episode 53, where I shared my exact process for building a workflow.
Trust me, you can’t keep everything in your head; that’s a recipe for wasting time, stressing yourself out, and neglecting your family and children. You should be fully present with your loved ones, not preoccupied with business details swirling around in your mind. It’s time to break that cycle, and the solution is a well-structured workflow.
If you haven’t established your workflow yet, take a moment. Pause reading this right now and invest the next week in setting it up. If you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out in our FREE Facebook group.
However, if you’re really committed to making a significant change, I strongly encourage you to join the academy. Inside the academy, I’ll personally help you build your workflow, and you’ll also become part of a supportive community of women who are doing the same. You won’t be alone in this journey; we’ll be working together every step of the way.
Adapting for Success: Evolving Your Workflow as Your Business Grows
And here’s the best part—your workflow doesn’t need to be set in stone. As your business grows and evolves, your workflow may need adjustments. Guess what? I’ll be right there with you, ready to help and guide you through the changes! So, let’s get serious about organization and growth. Invest in your business by building a solid workflow, and you’ll see how it transforms your life and productivity.
Streamlining: The Art of Task Categorization and Delegation
Alright, let’s dive into the magic of organization! You’ve got all your tasks laid out, and now it’s time to make them work together seamlessly. Categorize and batch them based on their similarity. For instance, group your blogging tasks, your social media tasks, and depending on your line of work, create batches like restocking or contracting. By doing this, you’ll streamline your workflow and maximize efficiency.
Next, identify the tasks that don’t necessarily need your undivided brainpower. These are the perfect tasks to delegate to someone else. For me, hosting the podcast is a must, but editing can be handled by someone else.
Now, what about your blog? You can totally have someone write it for you! The key is to ensure they capture your voice. They could use a transcript, but that can be a hassle to go through. Instead, opt for bullet points based on the podcast episode. That’s enough for me because I trust that they share my company’s mission and will do their best work!
And here’s a little secret—perfection isn’t the end goal. Not everything needs to be flawless all the time. It won’t compromise your brand as long as you maintain overall quality. So don’t stress over every tiny detail.
Taking the First Step: Delegating Small Tasks for Big Impact
Let’s start with baby steps. Begin by deligating one task, even a small one, to someone else. It could be as straightforward as managing an inventory that requires sorting and counting. Could your children lend a helping hand? Alternatively, consider the possibility of a helpful neighbor willing to step in. Delegating isn’t just about lightening your load; it’s an opportunity for someone else to grow their skills too!
Keep in mind, it’s okay to let go and trust others. Embracing delegation allows you to spend more precious time with your loved ones. Picture this: you can lovingly prepare that special meal, tenderly tuck your little ones into bed, and enjoy those heartwarming moments—all without the nagging pressure of missed deadlines looming over you!
Outsourcing in Your Business: A Step-by-Step Guide
Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of onboarding and training. I’ll walk you through the exact steps I took, in chronological order, that work like a charm for me.
Outsourcing Step One:
First, choose which tasks you can begin outsourcing in your business. Next, take your time and think through the entire process of the tasks. Detail every single step needed to complete that task. Get super specific; you want it all down on paper!
For instance, let me share an example from my current workflow. My awesome VA is helping me manage the Facebook group. I needed to explain exactly how to handle requests for permission in the group. So, I gathered all the necessary information, compiled it into a spreadsheet, and shared it with her. It’s organized in a folder named ‘Facebook Group.’ Now she can smoothly input all the information. Simple, right? I applied this to multiple tasks.
Outsourcing Step Two:
After that, create an account with a password manager to enhance security and streamline access. Personally, I use LastPass; it’s been a lifesaver in this aspect. With LastPass, you can set up accounts specifically for the tasks you’re delegating and then easily grant access to your VA. This eliminates the need to share passwords directly and removes the hassle of changing passwords after every hire. This simple step will save you time and improve the overall security of your business operations.
Outsourcing Step Three:
Next, you will need to create training videos using Zoom. Sit in front of the camera, share your screen, and go through each step. Record the entire process! As a pro tip, avoid mentioning any specific names so you can reuse the videos for future hires.
Outsourcing Step Four:
After that, you will need to share your training videos. If you have extra storage on your Zoom account, simply share the video link. Otherwise, download the video and upload it into the shared Google folder you’ve created for your VA. That’s where they’ll find all the training materials
Outsourcing Step Five:
Finally, create a comprehensive spreadsheet with all the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) from step one. Additionally, include links to the training videos and any relevant spreadsheets. This way, your VA can easily access everything they need for each task and maintain a clear understanding of the process.
Building Your VA Dream Team: Start Small and Scale
Now, for your first VA, I recommend starting with one task and gradually adding more as they become familiar with your processes. Don’t overwhelm yourself or them. Take it one step at a time, and you’ll see how smoothly everything falls into place!
I want you to know just how simple and effective these five steps are. With some dedicated time, about 4 hours, I knocked out the entire process in one go. Even when I switched to different VAs, I didn’t have to redo everything; it just seamlessly worked. The foundation I built has been solid and continues to serve me well. I’m sticking with this system because it’s been a game-changer!
Tech Tools for Seamless Outsourcing in Your Business
Now, let’s talk about the tools I use. I love using MindMeister, as a task manager. Trust me, you’ll love it, especially if you’re already using it in the academy!. And if you’re considering joining soon (which you totally should), don’t hesitate to start with it right now. It’s incredibly flexible and grows with you.
Also, I can’t stress enough the immense value that Google Sheets, Google Drive, and Google in general have brought to my business. The convenience of everything being shareable across various platforms and devices cannot be overstated. It’s a time-saving game-changer.
I learned this lesson the hard way, persistently managing everything in my Notes app on my Mac. However, upon making the transition to Google, the transformation has been remarkable. The fluidity and seamlessness have been a breath of fresh air.
Recap: Elevate Your Business through Strategic Outsourcing
In conclusion, let’s summarize the pivotal steps to navigate outsourcing and elevate your business:
Shift Your Mindset:
Recognize the Need for Outsourcing: Acknowledge that you can’t do it all alone. To excel in various roles, including business, home, motherhood, and more, embracing outsourcing is essential.
Shift to a Leadership Role: Transition from being solely focused on tasks to becoming the visionary and CEO of your business, household, and family. Embrace the potential to lead and partner effectively.
Overcome the Control Mindset: Challenge the ‘control freak’ label and break free from the limitations it imposes. Transform your habits and intentions to build a foundation for empowered delegation.
Value of Delegating: Understand that training someone initially may require time, but the long-term time savings and benefits outweigh the investment. Delegate tasks that don’t need your full attention.
Strategic Hiring for Growth: Embrace the concept of hiring before you think you’re ready, as it’s a mindset shift that fuels this transformative progress. Additionally, setting up frameworks for tasks can make the process of outsourcing even more seamless.
Finding the Right Partners: First, try to seek potential partners through networking, word-of-mouth referrals, and connections within your community. Explore internships and trial periods to test collaboration.
Sharing the Load: Understand that growth requires collaboration. Delegate tasks you dislike or can’t manage alone, allowing partners to step in and support your journey.
Build a Solid Workflow: Create a structured workflow to organize tasks effectively. As you do so, transition from trying to manage everything mentally to having a system that streamlines operations.
Adapt and Evolve: Recognize that workflows can evolve with business growth. In doing so, be open to adjustments and improvements, and stay committed to refining your processes.
Categorize and Delegate: Group tasks into categories for efficient batching and delegation. Delegate tasks that don’t require your unique skills or undivided attention, trusting others to share your vision.
Start with Small Tasks: Begin your delegation journey with small tasks and gradually expand as trust and familiarity grow. Recognize that outsourcing can benefit both you and those you partner with.
Effective Onboarding and Training: Follow a step-by-step approach to onboarding and training. In doing so, detail tasks, create training videos, utilize password managers, and centralize resources for easy access.
Utilize Tech Tools: Leverage tech tools like MindMeister for task management and, in addition, Google Suite for collaboration and organization. Embrace these tools to streamline your outsourcing efforts.
Navigating Outsourcing in Your Business with Confidence and Purpose
I hope this blog has inspired many of you, whether you’re ready to dive in now or planning for the future. Never underestimate your potential. I used to envision running a small business from my bedroom!
Now, in an intriguing turn of events, I find myself not only training others but also growing a strong team and company! All it took was cutting excuses, pushing past self-doubt, and taking action. Rest assured, the process is far simpler than it may initially seem.
I’d love to hear about your experiences, so come over to the Facebook group and share your thoughts or shoot me a DM on Instagram. Your journey towards successful outsourcing is a testament to your dedication and determination. Let’s continue supporting one another as we navigate this process!
Remember, success starts with that first step, and with each step, you’re one stride closer to your dreams!
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