It’s no secret that most successful business owners have managed to develop systems to leverage their time and resources. In almost every instance, you will find that these high-powered entrepreneurs have one thing in common: They have figured out a way to do more with less.
If you’re considering starting your own business, chances are, you will be a one-man operation starting out. As chief cook and bottle washer, you are directly responsible for making sure that things get done. From marketing your product or service, to performing the physical work, to keeping track of the numbers; it’s all down to you. Is it any wonder that most new business owners find it necessary to log 12 hour days?
Although the budding entrepreneur can certainly have a high level of success doing it this way, he/she will quickly discover that there are only so many hours during the day and there is a physical limitation when it comes to how much they can reasonably hope to accomplish. In many ways, you could say that they have simply created a job for themselves.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, there are many self-employed people that would never think about outsourcing some of their work or hiring employees – it’s simply not the way they do things. They are completely comfortable doing it on their own.
If, however, you are intent on expanding your business, but find that you’ve reached the point of diminishing returns, then perhaps it’s time that you considered hiring some help or outsourcing some of your workload.
One of the toughest hurdles for many one-man operations is getting used to having other people step in and perform some of the daily tasks. It’s natural to feel that you are the only one that can do the job to your expectations. Letting go of that is often quite difficult. Once you do, however, you’ll kick yourself for not having done it sooner.
Hiring help and/or outsourcing some of your workload is necessary in order to grow your business. The only reason you should be holding off is for financial reasons. Once you have the extra cash, you can start leveraging your time and growing your business.