- I could really use some help right now.
- Where would I even start?
- It would take too long for someone else to figure all of this out.
- I’ve waited until the situation is dire before deciding I need help.
- Now I’m overwhelmed and will just do it myself.
How to avoid this common mistake:
Invest up front: Invest in a process, invest in training, invest in the tools needed
For example,I was talking with someone the other day who is a solo business owner. She is planning for major growth this year and was interested in the idea of a VA responding to email inquiries for her services. She wants to wait until she’s busy, because that’s when she’ll really need the help. The catch-22 is that once she’s that busy, she won’t have time to stop and train someone. I suggested she start sooner so she could create the email templates and figure out the right access points a VA would need (logins, etc) while she has the time. The nice thing about a VA is you can delegate a specific task and that’s it. Her concern was the added expense, which is a valid concern. As her business starts to ramp up, she could get started with a VA for maybe an hour a week (or less!) just to get the processes and training in place (investing!) with the expectation that the VA’s hours would ramp up as the business grows. This investment would be minimal, yet save a lot of headache later.
When you think about a task you want to outsource, give yourself some space to think through how you’d want to do it. Ask yourself, what would someone else need in order to complete this task? The key is to set yourself up with a VA with the access and training before you need the work done. Not only can you just fire it off to your VA when a task comes up, you’re also not overwhelmed when things hit the fan.