Where Will You Be in Six Months?

Where Will You Be in Six Months?

Imagine for a moment what your business could look like six months from today. Perhaps you will be facing one of the following scenarios:

Scenario 1

You have carefully planned your time and marketing things have suddenly taken off. Your InBox is full of requests for proposals, questions from clients and follow-up comments from previous clients. When you complete the work for one client, you barely have time to take a breather before the next one needs your attention.  You are spending all your time maintaining your business with no time available to build your business. Your creativity well is running dry and the work at home business you dreamed about is now a dreary chore. You are missing you children's soccer practices and ballet rehearsals to keep up. Worst yet, your income is not reflecting the great effort you put into your business.

Scenario 2

You are not much ahead of where you currently are.  You are planning an exciting website to take your business online; however, you are still trying to determine how the site builder works. Marketing? You do not know where to start. Feeling overwhelmed by everything you have to learn, you feel frozen and are going nowhere fast.  You have invested a lot of time into your business. You are working at it 12 hours per day, ignoring your family and the household chores, telling yourself it will all be worth it when you are finally done. Trouble is, it does not look like you will EVER have everything done.

Outsourcing as a Solution

Both of scenarios above are realistic possibilities for any new business owner and the solution is the same for both: outsourcing business tasks to qualified service providers.  Many entrepreneurs are reluctant to outsource because they believe they cannot afford to pay anyone; however, outsourcing gives you more time to create revenue.  This enables you to pay your contractors and create an income for yourself.  

What is Outsourcing?

many hatsOutsourcing is contracting out business tasks to someone else for completion.  It is a way for entrepreneurs to get more done in your business, save time, save money, and more.  

Many people think that outsourcing involves sending work to people in other countries who work for pennies and perform the work below standard. That is not what I am talking about.  We can outsource work to those who are professionals in their respective fields and will work to give you excellent results no matter where they live.  

There are a variety of tasks that you can outsource in your online business and we will discuss those in a later post; however, begin to think about everything you do in your business. Do you handle it all yourself? If so, you are working yourself too hard. As Rich Schefren says “You are working for a lunatic”.

Stop spinning your wheels.  You do not have to live for your business. If you are  feeling overworked and underpaid, then you need to sit down with your boss (that is you) and give yourself a good talking to!  Those who wear all of the hats in their business are actually stalling their business from growth.

Isn't it time to create a lucrative business without working yourself so hard?

This is the first post in a series of posts about outsourcing.  You can find Part 2 here (rationale), Part 3 here (what to outsource), and Part 4 here (costs).

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About Online Biz Boomer Babe

Rachel Lavern is a Certified Business Coach and founder of My Booming Online Business--a blog for middle-age, global, uptown women. She is on a mission to transform entrepreneurs' finances by teaching the action set, mindset and skill set needed to get launched + make money.

Comments

  1. You are working for a lunatic. Ouch. You have spoken truth to me.

  2. I loved your post. As a new business owner I am just starting to look into outsourcing some of my work – I just don’t know where to start. I look forward to browsing through your site some more 🙂

    • Hi Sherida,

      My criteria to determine what to outsource;

      I have a three-question criteria Lisa to decide what to outsource:

      (1) Do I have expertise in this area? If not, I would locate an expert.

      (2) Do I procrastinate about this task and why? Procrastinate usually indicates lack of knowledge or skill set to do a good job at it.

      (3) Do I dread doing this task? If I do not want to do it, why would I do it?

  3. I did not expect the outsourcing solution. I thought you were going to say something like, in 6 months there will be something you had to wish you had done today.

    But seriously, outsourcing is great! I use elance to hire people to gather information for me and do small projects as well. The possibilities are endless.
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  4. Jason Power
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    Hi Rachel,

    Good information on outsourcing.

    I wrote some articles myself about delegation and outsourcing, check them out if you would like.

    Regards,

    Jason

  5. Hi Rachel,

    Many times I have outsourced specific articles, then turn around and make them my own, particularly if I’m working on a project or something else. Good idea about outsourcing and I’d like to find additional ideas on ‘what’ to outsources. Uhhmmm. You post made me think. Thank you,
    Barbara
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  6. This post has gotten me super excited for where my business could be in 6 months time!
    These are some great tips, thanks for sharing… I think I’ll get my manfriend to hop on board when things start getting too much ;).
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  7. Great post, already started thinking about future of my business in 6 months from now.
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