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When is it time to outsource?

When is it time to consider outsourcing?

DeathtoStock_SlowDown3I’ll be honest, this is a question I’ve been asking myself a LOT recently. Anyone who knows me will know that I can be a bit of a control freak when it comes to letting go of anything to do with my business. I’ve been in business now for just over five years, and the only thing I’ve entrusted to someone else is the yearly task of the dreaded tax return. So, when is it time to outsource tasks in your business?

Are you running out of time?

I’ve been really busy with actual work recently. Not that I’m complaining, after all, why on earth would you start a business if you weren’t trying to get clients and be busy with work?

The downside to being so busy is I’ve let things slide, including this blog. This is my first post since before Christmas, and I’m a little bit cross with myself, as I’d got into a fairly regular pattern of blogging once a fortnight in 2015 and I had plans to be writing more regularly.

I just haven’t been setting aside the time to get this scheduled in!

It’s silly, really. I’ve started going to a networking meeting every Tuesday morning at 9.15am, so this is scheduled into my diary and I fit it in.

If I can manage this, there’s absolutely no reason why I can’t also fit in blog writing, or whatever else has fallen by the wayside, like scheduling social media posts or getting my accounts up to date.

That doesn’t necessarily mean I enjoy updating my accounts, mind you…although the Virgo in me loves seeing the spreadsheet all up to date with the columns nicely aligned!

What do you enjoy doing and what makes you feel a bit….meh?

I don’t mind scheduling social media, but I never really know how many posts to schedule, and the whole analytics thing makes me go all Kevin the teenager – do I have to?!?

Accounts can be a bit dull to keep up to date, but as mentioned above, I do outsource my tax return, which is a definite bonus!

I actually do enjoy writing my blog (when I make the time), but I know the writing process doesn’t come easily for some people.

So I have two suggestions for you when it comes to blogging.

You can either outsource the writing of blog posts altogether, and for that I suggest you go and speak to Charlotte Fleming at Great Copy – she really knows her stuff. Or if you prefer, you might want to try dictating your thoughts into your smartphone, and you can pass your musings on to me and I will transcribe and edit them into a piece of writing that makes sense.

What to you think? Are there tasks that you keep putting off? Please either comment below, or pop over to my Facebook page and send me a message.


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