We are all so busy in our everyday lives! We all have unique circumstances that require attention whether it be dogs, cats, kids, husbands/wives, parents, sisters, brothers, work, business, home, apartment, grandparents, friends, projects, and the list goes on. We don’t have to own our own business to know that sometimes we just need help! Are there certain activities that you absolutely HATE to do? Something that you would hire out if you could? Then do it!
I think some of us feel bad if we hire out work. Doesn’t that mean we can’t handle it ourselves? NO! I want you to stop thinking that way. For so many of us we try to be superman/superwoman, and sometimes it just doesn’t work. What I have been realizing this past week or so is that I would rather NOT be superwoman to my family and be able to spend more time with them.
I know this might be a foreign thought to some of us, and some of us enjoy everything we do around the house or in our business. That is great! As long as it isn’t taking away from other important things in life. If you do everything for your family and still have time for yourself and for quality time with your family, then keep doing what you are doing… and by the way, can we talk sometime? LOL!
What I want you to do is think of the one thing in your life that you would hire out if you could? Now, I want you to do it! That is right… I want you to take the steps, and hire it out! There are so many great places to get help. If your help doesn’t require being at your home, then there are a lot of places to get virtual assistants for everything you might need. One of my favorite places is O’Desk, but you could go to Elance as well.
You can post a job you want done and have people apply, or you could look for someone you would like to hire based on their qualifications. Either way, there are some great people who can help you do what you need to get done for a decent price! You don’t have to own your own business to get an assistant! Think about how much money your time is worth. If you think about it, why would you spend 2 hours trying to research how to do a specific project online when you could hire an assistant who knows what they are doing?
If what you need help with is at your home, then find a reputable company to do the work for you. You might have to be there while the work is being done in order to oversee it, but you could be working on other things at that time! If you are short on cash, then try to come up with creative ways to find help! Instead of hiring a company to mow your yard, find a neighborhood kid who will do it for cheaper. Not only is your lawn getting mowed, but you are also helping a child learn entrepreneurship and how to manage his/her money!
If that even seems like a stretch for you at this point, then set a goal, and once you make a certain amount of money, start hiring out the chore you hate doing the most. For me, I love doing the laundry. That is something I will never give up:) But the cleaning on the other hand is a different story. I absolute hate wasting my time cleaning.
If you are nervous with starting with a virtual assistant (like I was), just try someone out for a small project you need done. Chances are if you hired a good worker, then you will quickly realize how much time, energy, and even money they will save you! Yes… I said money!! When I first hired my virtual assistant, I was nervous. I soon realized that what it took me sometimes 2 hours to complete it only took her 30 minutes!! That is 1.5 hours saved, and I only had to pay her 30 minutes of her time. It is a win-win for everyone:)
If you would like more information, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to answer any questions you may have, or help you with anything else you might need!
Remember… sometimes we can’t do it alone, and that is OKAY! We aren’t perfect nor should we be. Know what those special tasks are that only you can do, and try to get to the point where you can hire out the rest!
What is something you would like to get help with?