Businesses realise that outsourcing is a key step in growth but business owners are hesitant to start the outsourcing process. Where to start? What to outsource? How to find the right people to work with? These are the initial thoughts when someone mentions outsourcing. But when you take the time to think about the process and then commence your outsourcing journey you will wonder why you didn’t start the process sooner.
Let’s look at some of the excuses that people find not to outsource.
As a business owner you start out wearing many different hats, trying to do everything yourself which ends up being one of the biggest headaches for you and your business. When I talk to people about why they hesitate to outsource to a virtual assistant, the common phrases I hear are -
“It’s easier to do it myself”
“I don’t have the time to teach a Virtual Assistant how to do it”
“It’s costing me money to outsource to a VA when I can do it myself”
“What needs to happen is all in my head and no one else knows what needs to be done”
While these all seem reasonable, let’s have a closer look at what is holding you back from outsourcing to a virtual assistant.
It’s easier to do it myself
You may know how you want something done but is it the best way to do it? Bringing in someone who knows how to do that task (even if it isn’t exactly how you would do it) will free up your time so that you can do what you do best in your business. Your tasks will still be completed, possibly more efficiently, and you don’t have to focus on things that you are not a specialist in.
I don’t have the time to teach a Virtual Assistant how to do it!
If you are spending more time doing the administrative tasks in your business then you are taking time away from the core reason you started your business. Is that the best use of your time? Taking the time to show someone what needs to be done will save you time in the long run giving you time to go back to doing what you really enjoy doing and grow your business in the process.
It’s costing me money to outsource to a VA when I can do it myself
You could do it yourself and outsourcing will cost you money BUT if you stop to think about how much you are earning per hour and then you factor in what it would cost you per hour to outsource to a virtual assistant then you will realise that you are actually saving money. It might take you twice as long to complete a task that a virtual assistant can complete quickly and efficiently saving you both time and money.
What needs to happen is all in my head and no one else knows what needs to be done
If you have plans on growing your business then the first thing you need to do is get it out of your head and on to paper. It’s time for some procedures and systems. If it’s all in your head then it’s easy to forget something. This is how things slip through the cracks. It could take some time to put your processes and systems together but consider asking a virtual assistant to put these in place for you and they will probably give you suggestions on how things could be streamlined and what the most efficient system would be for your business. You’ll wonder how you managed to get things done before you had systems in place.
All of these reasons seem perfectly reasonable until you stop and consider the consequences. They are all taking you time and energy that you don’t have to spare. If you are working 24 hours a day, thinking about all the things you need to get done then it’s time to get some help.
Having the support of a virtual team will give you the
opportunity to grow and flourish!
There are different types of virtual assistants that can help you gain back your valuable time so that you can focus on what you do best in your business. Why not consider a specialist virtual assistant for your social media, bookkeeping, diary management, transcription work, organising your next product launch or conference.
These are just examples of the types of things you can outsource but if you still aren’t sure what types of tasks you can outsource check out this free guide!