Do you ever feel so tired at night that you just want to curl up on your couch and not talk to anyone?
Your days are jam-packed with client calls, emails, meetings, and website updates. And those are just a few of your tasks. Not to mention the next all important project that just can’t wait. It’s enough to make anyone exhausted (and a little nutty).
Is this really the life you wanted when you started on this career path?
Let’s face it, you need help. It’s time to take stock of your life. By stock we’re not talking about a financial investment in a blue chip company. We’re talking about the most important company in your life right now…YOURS! It’s time you made an investment in yourself and outsourcing is a potentially brilliant way to do so.
Of course you’re thinking “I can’t afford that!” As you look over your budget sheet, ongoing expenses like advertising, supplies, and equipment costs quickly rain on your parade. Well, get out your umbrella because you can weather this storm. It will only take you a moment to consider the following key points that could change the way you look at your budget.
Key question: How much does it cost to do everything yourself instead of outsourcing some of the work?
1. Your health. Daily frustrations and stress can take a serious toll on your physical and mental health. Perhaps you struggle with writing. It’s hard to be creative when you didn’t get much sleep the night before. Does entering data into spreadsheets excite you about as much as a root canal? These are tasks that can be easily and affordably outsourced. Don’t let your health suffer. It takes too much energy to be depressed.
2. Your family and friends. Your relationships suffer when work responsibilities overtake your life. We were never meant to work nonstop, day after day. Over-work can be a relationship killer. Our family and other loved ones may understand a few times, but it doesn’t take long for workaholics to lose touch with the people who mean the most. They’ll think you never hang out anymore or enjoy your life.
3. Your productivity and income. The more time you’re tied to your computer, the less time you have to find new clients and spoil the ones you already have. You’re already inundated with new technology. It’s supposed to make your life easier, but that’s not always the case. Software updates, new tax laws, new phones, new computer gadgets – it’s enough to make your head spin. You have a lot on your plate. Why not share the tasks you either don’t enjoy or that confuse you most and get back some much needed time to work on growing your business?
Say you developed an innovative coaching program for small businesses. Everything is done except that pesky sales page. Ughhhh, it could take hours and, at your billable rate of $200 an hour, you’ll be losing money as you try to upload videos and program the darn thing. Do you realize you could have outsourced that work to an experienced ghostwriter/html pro at $50 an hour? Not only that, this computer whiz kid could have completed the entire project in two hours or less! Priceless.
Outsourcing is a small price to pay for less stress, more time, and more sales. Even a modest budget can allow for some outsourcing on a smaller scale. Think of it as an investment in the Bank of You because you’re worth it!
Entrepreneur mentor, Deanna Maio, teaches coaches, consultants, and other service providers around the world how to create a powerful virtual team and use outsourcing so they can get more clients, make more money, and make a bigger impact. Get her free special report “5 Simple Steps to Create a Powerful Virtual Team” at http://www.PowerfulVirtualTeams.com
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