Up until a few years ago, I thought that if I could take care of everything myself I would feel proud and fulfilled. I thought outsourcing was too expensive. Also, as a single woman, I felt I didn’t need help from anyone to reach my goals. I would show the world how strong and independent I was…that nothing could stop me! I felt I had something to prove…for some reason.
This included ripping up the horrid carpet in my fixer upper, installing new laminate in my entire house, painting the walls and trim, landscaping my yard, building a new fence, building a concrete walkway, fixing my furnace, fixing the plumbing, installing exterior doors, making my own non-toxic cleaning and beauty supplies, making my own yogurt…the list goes on.
I wanted things done right! I wanted things done cheap! Well, everything wasn’t done right and it didn’t end up being all that cheap. I ended up just feeling tired and frustrated. Now there are several partially finished projects around the house and I don’t even have time or energy to fold my laundry.If you think it's expensive to hire an expert, wait until you hire an amateur. Click To Tweet
Save Time and Money
Once I realized an expert could install floor tile, paint the exterior of my house and trim my giant elm trees faster and better than I could. Or that I could buy non-toxic cleaning and beauty supplies and healthy yogurt, my stress level decreased. I was able to focus on my new business and take the time to do the things I actually enjoy doing. Spending hours of my time and testing my patience trying to learn everything (some things the hard way) just didn’t make sense anymore. I don’t have an unlimited budget by any means. But I realize now that hiring an expert can actually save money in the long run.
Who has started a project and ended up having to hire an expert anyway? Then spent twice as much money as you would have if you hired them straight away because you messed something up. How many times do you wish you could focus more on billable work? And less time on doing paperwork, coordination, finding clients or keeping up your social media presence?
Pick Your Battles
I still love to research things to death and I love to learn, but I don’t need to be able to do everything, I need to be able to do some things really well and let the experts take care of the rest. Of course, there are some projects that I enjoy doing. Or that make sense to tackle myself but I’ve learned to pick my battles.
If there’s something that needs to get done but you don’t want to bust your own butt to get it done…don’t. Let someone that likes doing it, and does it well, take it off your shoulders. You’ll thank yourself for it. You’ll be less stressed and have more time and freedom to spend with your family, to travel, read. Or focus on the core of your business.
The next time you are pulling your hair out trying to get your bookkeeping done, calling clients to schedule or reschedule, calling because they owe you money (nobody likes to do that for their own business) or trying to wrap your brain around the world of social media and your business, think about calling an expert to take care of it. Are you ready to pick your battles? Maybe you’ll even win a few.
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