We all have varying amounts of time available to dedicate to our business.
When we start experiencing success, we hit a plateau in terms of how many customers we can servce – since we are limited by our availability and by the fact our days only consist of 24 hours. Bummer, I know. But thems the breaks.
This is why, when we shift from being a Business Runner (she who runs every single facet of her business) to a Business Owner (she who Shakes Her MoneymakerTM and manages a team so she can serve more people), hiring and outsourcing are a non-negotiable part of business growth.
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Here are the 5Ws of Outsourcing To Grow Your Business
We hire for skill, but fire for attitude.
Bring the right people onto your team – people who will help raise you up, and support you while you do more of the work you love. People who will help you spread your awesomeness and enable you to serve more people. People who are experts in their field and who take ownership over their work. People who are as dedicated to your mission – who believe in the value you bring – and who want to make impact on our world. You can train your team on any system or skill – but you can’t train them to have the right attitude. That’s just intrinsic.
Hire slowly, Fire Quickly.
Start by assigning small chunks of projects and test out your new hires. If you don’t like the work they produce, or if they aren’t following your needs – then move on to the next candidate. You don’t have time and money to waste on the wrong fit.
Onboarding is a process of acclimatizing new team members to your business – introducing them to your core values and your systems and processes. All too often, we hire someone then leave them to fend for themselves assuming they will be able to read your mind and do what you want without ever telling or guiding them.
Set your team up for success:
- Daily/weekly check ins
- Clear job description – WHAT are they responsible for
- Clear job expectations – those things you assume everyone will deliver, what you expect
- Opportunities for growth – investing in your team is one of the best investments you can make. Send them to training, encourage them to get better at their craft – the better they are, the better work they will do for you.
- Listen – we all love to be heard. Leading your team as a dictator will leave fabulous idea hidden amongst the ranks. Being open to feedback and providing a platform for you team to have input – is very powerful and will work to your advantage.
- Communicate clearly – be as specific as possible with your instructions.
- Capacity – leave time in your schedule to manage your team – it’s a part of YOUR job description.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what to let go of.
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This training will help you identify Your MoneymakerTM and help you prioritize what to outsource.
When you start going in circles; When you keep procrastinating with specific aspects of your business; When you aren’t delivering work on time; When you are overwhelmed with the day to day running of your business – these are all clues it’s time to build your team.
There is always that tipping point in your business growth where you can not serve any more people with the time you have available – that’s the time to bring in help.
First unload those activities that are not earning you money, but are crucial to your business success. Then go from there.
Seriously – no strings attached – go listen to the training to help you.
So where can you find talent?
First, put it out to people you know. Your best question is “who do you know who can help me…”. Get referrals. Ask around your networking groups. Let it be known you are ready to hire and that you need help.
Second. Ask The Google. Search using keywords for the service you are seeking. See who pops up.
Third. Check out sites like Elance.com or Odesk.com and search service providers there. These sites are a hot bed of great talent who can help you. Always check references. Always look for work samples. Always start by hiring small.
Need some help to figure out how to pay for outsourcing? Read my article on How To Slice Your Money Pie.
You are a Business Owner.
Plain and simple.
You are NOT a business runner – you are not someone who controls and works in every aspect of your business. Or maybe you are, but you don’t need to be.
A Business Owner runs her business from her Place of Power, in a State of Abundance. She knows how to Shake Her MoneymakerTM and outsource the rest. She knows that she needs a powerful team to help her spread her product and services wide. She knows to scale or grow – she needs to graduate from being the Solopreneur – to the Business Owner Club.