When is it time to hand things over (just a bit)?

You’ve built your business from scratch. You’re understandably protective of it. But how do you know it’s time to outsource?

Outsourcing diagramI’ve met many inspirational business people during my career so far. Just a few examples…

  • One came to the UK from a very poor family in Africa, and has worked incredibly hard, and is one of the most learned and fascinating men that I know.
  • One describes himself as the ‘ideas’ behind his business, and isn’t afraid to chase his dreams.
  • One has a myriad things to do, but his priority is always that his team are ok.
  • One set up a business based on her own experiences, but for the benefit of others who are going through the same thing. I’m fortunate to have called two of these people my boss, one a client, and another a collaborator.

What unites all of these people is a real and very evident passion for what they do, and the fact that they care about their colleagues, their business and their customers. So that got me thinking… When you care so much, when do you get to the point where you can’t do everything yourself? When is it time to consider outsourcing, and trust someone else with even just a little part of your business?

Here are 5 signs that it’s time to outsource:

  1. You don’t have time to do everything – As a business grows, it takes more and more resources to keep it going, and there are only 24 hours in the day! By outsourcing some of the day to day, time for the next item(s) on your To Do List will return!

  2. You understand the point of something, but you don’t have the capacity to worry about the mechanics of it – You know your business needs to be on social media, but you don’t have time to worry about how the Facebook algorithm works or to create and schedule posts, so why not bring someone in to help out?

  3. Certain tasks are just not your thing! – Not everyone can, or likes to do, everything! We all have tasks that just don’t suit us for whatever reason, so why not hand them over to someone who does enjoy them? Handing over tasks you don’t like will allow you to focus on things that you do!

  4. You don’t have the resources to take someone on permanently – Budgets are often very tight for micro-businesses and SMEs. Outsourcing can be a very cost-effective approach to getting a job done, but without the pressures and extra resources needed to formally employ someone.

  5. You need an expert! – Sometimes a task needs skills that you just don’t have in-house, and so outsourcing gives you the opportunity to bring in an expert to help, as and when you need it.

If you’re reading this, you are probably a business owner, so we’d love to know – have you reached the point of outsourcing? And if so, we’d love to chat about how we might be able to help.

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