Make your first “hire.”
Hiring doesn’t mean bring on a part-time employee, or not hiring (and just doing it all yourself). It’s not black and white.
You probably hired someone to set up your website. And do your taxes.
Hire someone to take one task off your plate. Just try it for a week. Or a day.
It’s not black and white.
I started outsourcing in 2019, and made a few mistakes. Over paying. Hours got out of control. Poor work. But you learn best when you lose money, and I lost a few bucks.
Hire out a small, annoying administrative task. Data entry. Moving links around. Posting things to your outdated website.
Just try it. You can literally get something done for $20, just as a test run.
WILL IT BE PERFECT? RIGHT THE FIRST TIME? PROBABLY NOT.
But you learn, and then hire someone else.
Write down how you want something done. Dumb it down. Then dumb it down even more. Stupider.
Then hire someone on Fiverr or Upwork. Set a clear due date.
One of the best tips I ever learned from ‘The Four Hour Work Week,’ by Tim Ferriss; tell your new helped, “do this project for 15 minutes then check back in with me with questions.”
This way they don’t run off for three hours in a direction you never intended.
Set limits (only work on this task for one hour).
Set safeguards (show me the results before putting it in the final client-facing project).
Set expectations (grammar, quality, style).
Don’t hire an assistant for 20 hours a week if you can get the work done in five. Learn how to slice up projects, tasks, and duties. You might save yourself a ton of time and money.
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