At a certain point in running an online business, you can’t continue to grow unless you start outsourcing. You reach a ceiling in what you personally are able to get done. Maybe you’re feeling overworked and burned out, maybe you have a growing waitlist, or maybe you’re ready to take your business to the next level. Either way, here are 5 signs that your business is ready to start outsourcing.
Signs It’s Time for Your Business to Start Outsourcing
1. You’re overwhelmed
The most straightforward sign that your business is ready to start outsourcing is that you’re just plain overwhelmed! Between the client work, responding to dozens of emails and messages, keeping up with the latest social media updates, and trying to have a life outside of work, your business has become very overwhelming.
Wasn’t the point of being your own boss so you could have more freedom? If this sounds familiar, it’s probably time to start outsourcing. Spreading the workload out among multiple people can make it feel more manageable.
2. You spend hours every week working on tasks outside your zone of genius
If you haven’t heard of this before, your “zone of genius” is a concept by Gay Hendricks in his personal development book The Big Leap. The idea is that we spend a lot of time doing tasks that we are ok or even very good at, but as a business owner you ideally want to spend your time mostly working on tasks in your zone of genius — the tasks that only you can do, and that you do best — and outsource the rest.
Chances are, not every single task from accounting to taxes, branding and logo design, to social media and content creation is in your zone of genius. Plus, even if you’re good at something, you might not like doing it or have time to do it.
How many times have you heard the story of social media managers not having time to focus on their own accounts because they’re spending all their time on client accounts? That’s a great reason to outsource some of these tasks to someone who can focus on this for you.
3. You have more clients or customers than you can handle
Normally this is a great problem to have… except when you’ve reached your capacity. If you have tons of people interested in buying what you’re selling but not enough time left, then you’ll either need to start a waitlist, raise your prices, or start outsourcing work to someone like a virtual assistant (or all of the above!). Otherwise, you’ll very quickly find that it’s possible to spend every waking moment on your business and still not be done with everything. If you’re having to turn business away, it might be time to start outsourcing.
4. You want more time for yourself or your family
Another sign you might want to start outsourcing tasks is simply because you want more free time for your family or yourself. Whether you want to spend more time with your loved ones or have time for self-care and rest, outsourcing tasks to a virtual assistant is a great way to get back your free time. Similar to hiring a cleaner or having your groceries delivered, it’s always a worthwhile investment to buy back your time.
5. You want to start growing and scaling your business
Finally, as a one-person business, you can only grow your business so far before you simply run out of time, especially if you’re trading hours for dollars or doing client work yourself. Building a team, even if you start with just a few contractors, is the fastest way to continue growing your business and build something bigger than yourself. When you work with an agency like AIM Social, you have access to our team of virtual assistants so you can continue scaling up as needed.
If you connected with any of these signs, then it might be time to start outsourcing tasks in your business. Hiring a virtual assistant can help you reclaim your time, have less stress, help take things off your plate, and allow you to grow your business way beyond what you could as a solo entrepreneur.
My team and I can help you go from overwhelmed and stressed to ready to grow your business to the next level! If you’re ready to get started, click here to fill out an application and learn more about hiring us.