When you own your own business, it’s all about efficiency. Having those processes in place and delegating tasks that others can do.
Sometimes it’s easy to know exactly what you want to outsource – especially if you don’t have the skills for it. But what about those little tasks that are taking up your time? Time that you could use to take your business to the next level?
So, where do you begin on deciding what to outsource? Here are some ideas on where to start your list.
- Tasks that you HATE doing
You know the tasks – the ones you put off until the very last minute and then you drop everything to do them. You have the skill to do them, but you just HATE to do them.
- Tasks that you don’t have the skills for
These are the tasks that you have research on how to do it or take classes for. Yes, DIY saves you money, but are you saving money in the long run? How long are the research and class taking you and then to do the actual task? Think about the money you could be making if you didn’t spend that amount of time on learning and doing the task.
- Tasks that are repetitive
These are the easy tasks that you do day-in and day-out. The time you spend on those tasks adds up. What if you wrote done the process and delegated it to someone? How much time would you be able to add to working on your business instead of working in it?
- Tasks that have been sitting on your to-do list forever
The “I’ll get around to it someday” tasks. These are the great ideas you have and have never acted on. What if you did complete those tasks? What would your business look like? Would you have better processes in place? Would you be able to increase your income? Would you be able to spend more time enjoying life?
- Tasks that you enjoy doing, but should really be growing your business
These are the “working in the business” tasks that you enjoy doing, but you still need to schedule the time to do them. As a business owner, you should be working on your business – the income generating activities – and not the “back office” items that keep the business running or even are an expense of the business.
Can you imagine the time you will free up if you outsource these 5 types of tasks?
Do you need even more ideas for items you can delegate? Check out this list by Chalene Johnson – Delegate or Die. The list covers not just business, but also personal tasks! Who says you can’t have a “personal assistant?”
And – enjoy your newly found time.
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