In last month’s issue, I said we all need to learn to delegate and outsource tasks that can be done quicker (and usually better) by others. That being said, many small businesses are afraid to take on extra expenses. We need to change our mindset on this, or you will never grow and scale the way you would like. I get it…honestly, I do! If we stay in our “protect-the-income-for-myself” mindset, you will be stepping over dollars to earn those dimes.
I had a client tell me she went from bringing in $1500 a month to over $100,000 for the year when she hired her first VA (virtual assistant) because to grow her business properly, she needed to be spending her time on the top dollar activity (coaching) that was her specialty. By taking the administrative minutiae off her plate she had 20+ more hours of billable coaching time to offer her clients.
I have changed my mindset over the last six months (from a small service company – to an organization that helps people win at all levels). I have embraced the fact that I can teach others to do the work while I move into mentoring my clients to make those next steps for their business growth. And – I have learned that I may not be the best at every facet of the work we provide…WHO KNEW! This came with a mindset change, that as a business owner I can grow by hiring and training staff – and in turn – help more clients. A win-win for all of us.
What mindset issues are you facing as you look to hire people onto your team? If the budget is tight, look at the virtual assistants in your area. They will work to grow your business, because their business depends on it. Start small…but start! If you wait for everything to be perfect, you will never get it off the ground.
To improve your mindset on the issue of hiring people for your team, try hiring for a specific project. As I said last month – be clear on your need, budget and deadlines. Over communicate if you are not sure they understand; and ask them to repeat it back to you so you are both on the same page. If you are aligned; and are both in the mindset of “business owner” (as VAs are) instead of employee – you will both grow.
Donnie Boivin always says you need to bet on yourself. Sometimes that can be a big mindset change that needs to happen. But if you are in business for yourself, you have done that first step. Now, take that entrepreneurial mindset and grow your business by bringing in the help you need to scale to the next level.
If you have a specific question, or something you would like to see answered in a future issue, reach out to me ….info can be found in my bio.