My tough love approach (heavy on the love) focuses on bringing order to chaos, and creating solid (and straightforward) strategic plans. I take surveys for fun, never met a process I didn’t like, and am a big believer in personal growth as a keystone to business growth.
As an entrepreneur, you likely find yourself wishing for more time during the day, desperately clutching at any new tip or tool that promises to “give you back your time” or help you “work smarter, not harder.”
Yet, no matter how hard you wish for more, we all have the same 24-hours in a day, and some things are simply non-negotiable (like eating, sleeping, and using the facilities).
You can try all the productivity hacks social media throws at you and, even if they all work (which they don’t), you’re still going to max out your 24-hour time bank for the day feeling like you need a bit more time — no matter how much you crush being productive.
But wait — wasn’t the whole point of starting your own business to be free?
Free from being chained to your desk and limited on your earning potential because someone else dictates what they want to pay you?
Free from someone else telling you what days you can take off or how many, and what time you have to be at your desk by and when you can leave?
For us entrepreneurial types “hustle” is often our go-to state.
We like it.
We feel like we’re in momentum when we’re implementing a new idea, moving towards a new goal, and building to a new and exciting level.
But often the hustling we end up doing is for our clients, their goals, ideas, and business instead of our own.
The freedom to work when we want, to hustle on our own terms is the entire reason (or at least a large part of it) we started our business.
This freedom is the key to our happiness and a big part of how we define our own success.
Yet even when we’re at our breaking point, when burnout is peering around the corner at us, we still hesitate to get help.
So many reasons — many of which I’ve addressed in other posts.
The reason we’ll be exploring today is this:
We’re scared to commit and are unsure if it’s better to hire an employee straight out or subcontract the work to someone else (like a VA, for example).
When you’re looking for outside help hiring a subcontractor has many pluses…
Hiring a subcontractor has a lot of pluses, but there are some minuses as well. For instance, subcontractors…
On the whole, if you only need help…
… than a subcontractor might be the best way to go.
You’ve gotta put in the research, my friend! Sit on it and think about the following:
As you answer these questions, your path forward should become clear.
One last thought, if you’re not sure about which way to go, try this.
Now you. Which one do you think is right for YOUR biz? Leave me a comment and let me know.
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