If youve been thinking of outsourcing, you should absolutely do it. But if youve been afraid to do it, the problem may be that you dont know whether youre ready for outsourcing or not.
There are some clear indications you need to start outsourcing that you should think about. But remember, you do not have to wait for these things to happen. You can start outsourcing right away, or you can build your business to the point that you have no choice but to outsource or stagnate.
You Cant Get All Your Work Done
If youre finding it so hard to meet your goals each day (due to all the busy work you need to do) that you cant get the money-making tasks done, then that is a clear indication that you need to consider outsourcing. If you cant do the money-making tasks, your business will suffer.
Youre Maxed Out on Income and Time
This is very true if youre a product developer or service provider. But, it can happen in many types of businesses where you just simply cannot keep working 16-hour days (or more) and your income growth is still stagnant. This happens to almost all growing businesses and doesnt indicate anything bad about you. It simply shows that you cannot do it all yourself. Every good CEO has people who work with them to get things done. No one can do everything.
You Dont Have Time to Add More Products or Services
A growing business always needs to keep its eye out for products or services that their audience will use. Sometimes it means replacing a product or service you offer because technology has changed so much that the former one is now out of date. But, if youre out of time and cant create new products or develop new services, youre going to miss out on the change in the industry and end up left behind.
You Hire Last-Minute Help to Meet Deadlines
If you often find yourself in a fix and need to beg for help at the last minute, often paying higher rates to do so, its likely you need to outsource more regularly. When you outsource regularly instead of last minute youll receive higher quality work. Plus, you wont be as stressed out about it.
You Procrastinate on Certain Tasks
If there are tasks that you hate doing, that you find yourself doing all the time, and its getting worse, that is also a sign that you need to outsource. There is no reason you should be spending any amount of time working on these types of tasks, because you can find people to do it for you who will do it faster and better.
You Have No Work-Life Balance
Are you taking more time away from your family, your friends, and yourself? Are you finding that you dont have time to sit down for dinner, see a movie, or sit with your family for night-time TV? Take a shower? If you have no work-life balance, then you need to outsource.
Youre Stressed Out
When you are always suffering from stress, anxiety, or other issues related to being stressed out, then outsourcing will probably help you. Outsourcing can reduce these problems by taking some of the extra work off your hands.
Youre Service to Your Customers Is Suffering
If you find that you are having issues meeting your obligations and deadlines, it could be due to being overworked. If youre working all the time but you still cannot meet your deadlines, or youre not serving your customers in the way that you want to, it can be due to needing to outsource.
Outsourcing is a way to duplicate yourself so that you can get all those tasks done that help your business but do not define it. The busy work, the paperwork, the work you dislike… all are good things to outsource because it will free up your time to do what it is that you do best. Plus, it will lower your stress and give you back your life.