Why do I ask that? It is one of the signs that it is time to get some help. The main signs are:
- You have turned down work.
- Quality issues are surfacing like missed deadlines, administrative errors, product returns, and customer complaints.
- Excessive overtime. When was the last time you took a day or even an afternoon off?
- You have an idea but don’t have the skills or resources to implement it.
- You want to grow your business, and you have a steady income, so you can afford it
Did you say “yes” to any of the above? If you did, then it is time to bring someone in to help you out.
There are plenty of ways to get help. For example, last summer, I hired my kids to fill in some of the gaps. You might not even need to do that.
Before you jump in and hire the first person you meet with a pulse, first look at what your needs are. What is the vision for your business? What are your short and long term goals? What skills are needed to get there? Remember to look at things with the end in mind.
Now look at yourself. What are your skills and capabilities? What are the gaps between now and the next 12 months?
If you are a one-person shop and you need to free up your time to work on your business and have someone handle the administrative tasks, you might start off with hiring a Virtual Assistant. Or, what I did was hire a “local virtual assistant”. That meant that my assistant could work virtually, handling things like social media posts, drafting memos, and research and then, occasionally come over and do my filing (which I hate doing) or record a quick video.
If you are worried about the cost of hiring someone, think about what you could do with the extra time. If you had a virtual assistant work for 5 hours a month, what could you do instead? If your assistant spends 30 minutes a week loading your social media posts and you don’t get sucked into Facebook, you would probably have even more time to work on your business.
So think about it. If you answered “yes” to any of the questions at the top, it is time to get some help.