I see this question asked frequently from business owners: how do I know if I’m ready to outsource? My opinion is that: if you’re asking the question, then you’re ready. Of course there are steps that you can take to the outsourcing process go smoother. Even if you haven’t asked the question yet: “am I ready to outsource”, it may be time to start thinking about this very question in your business. Trust me, it’s better to ask this question now than waiting until you’re overwhelmed and burnt out.
Are You Ready to Outsource In Your Business? 5 Ways To Know
You are overwhelmed with all that it takes to run your business.
Whether it’s accounting, graphic design, social media management or simply data entry…if you are overwhelmed with all of the tasks it takes to run a business, you aren’t alone. One of the biggest ways to know that you’re ready to outsource is if you are overwhelmed with everything that it takes to run a business and be successful.
People close to you are getting frustrated or telling you that you need to hire someone.
Isn’t it funny how those closest to us often times know us better than we know ourselves? If your spouse is saying “I never see you” or “You are always working”… it’s time to take a look and see if you need to outsource things in your business.
Financially, it makes sense.
If you are making profits but you feel like you’ve reached your capacity and can’t continue to do it all in your business, it may be time to outsource. Think of it this way: if you are doing tasks that you can pay someone $25/hr to do, yet you charge your clients $50/hr…that is $25/hr you are losing by not outsourcing!
You aren’t an expert in certain things, yet they need to get done.
One of the reasons I started my business was because I had bloggers coming to me frequently for Pinterest management. They knew it needed to be done in their business and to help their blog grow, but they had no idea what the best practices were or the most up to date strategies were. They didn’t have time to keep up with all of the changes on the platform and it made sense financially for them to outsource to an expert. Think of it this way: you can spend months becoming an expert in a task, but if you outsource…your business is that far ahead of the curve!
You’re burnt out.
I get it, I’ve been there. We all get burnt out and worn out. The same thing can happen when you run a business. Sure, you love what you do…but burning the candle at both ends doesn’t serve anyone well. If you’re feeling signs of burnout, it may be time to outsource and lighten the load!
No matter what business stage you are in, I highly recommend considering outsourcing. If you need someone to help you with the behind the scenes tasks of your business, we would love to help you!