You’ve realised that, as a small business owner, you really can’t do everything.
But your business is growing and you have jobs that must get done – just not necessarily by you.
It’s a good sign when you’re ready to hire help for your business.
It’s become easier than ever to find someone willing to complete your most important tasks…
…but if you’re in the early stages it can be frightening and seem ridiculously expensive to find good help.
The Internet, in its vast wisdom, has created lots of places where you can hire quality help without going broke, and I’m going to give you a list of my top favourite freelance and outsourcing sites.
I’ve searched the web and turned up several popular freelance and outsourcing websites like Elance, Evanto Market and Zirtual.
Learning how to outsource is imperative to long-term success, especially if you want to have a life outside of your business.
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I launched a brand new way to work with me last week called Business Gold, and it got me thinking about why some people choose coaching and what holds others back from getting coaching when they’re starting out in a new business.
To me, coaching can make all the difference – and it has in my own business. But many people don’t see the benefits right away. They worry that they’re paying someone to tell them things they already know (or feel like they “should” be able to figure out on their own), that they won’t get their money’s worth, or that they’ll be taken for a ride by some shyster selling business growth snake oil.
In my experience, that’s just not true.
In my line of work, I hear so many sad stories about people who have a wonderful business idea (or several!) but have been sitting on them – sometimes for years! – because they are mired in fear, indecision, or something else is holding them back.
In fact, I hear these stories so often, I can break most of them down into one of five major mistakes I see people make when starting a business:
Let’s be honest with one another for a moment: How many ebooks, PDFs, and online courses do you have that you purchased, but never finished?
(We won’t judge.)
If you’re like most of us, you’ve got at least a few (maybe a lot) languishing on your hard drive or a list of lonely websites you haven’t logged into since day one.
Especially when you’re first starting out, it can seem like every course you come across is a MUST-HAVE! There’s so much to learn and so many people willing to help you learn it.
People get stuck in shiny object syndrome and think that the next program will get them going, but really will it? If you’ve bought a few it really is likely time to just start already!
A business friend of mine got to attend the Copyblogger Authority Live conference last week, where internet marketing genius Seth Godin was one of the keynote speakers.
She told me that one of the most powerful things he said, for her, came during the Q&A session, not during the keynote itself.
During his speech, he had said, “Freelancers get paid when they work; entrepreneurs build something bigger than themselves,” (powerful on its own!). Someone then asked him how to go from one to the other in the follow up Q&A.
His answer? “Hire someone as soon as you can to do the things someone else can do.”
That’s a pretty strong call to stay in your zone of genius.
So many times business owners do everything – because they can (they know how to use social media, write a sales page, build a website) or because they feel like they have to for financial reasons.
But stay in that mindset too long, and you may find that the thing holding your business back… is you.