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I've been listening to a podcast about the value of getting help when you’re feeling overworked, overwhelmed, or stuck.
The show, hosted by Orna Ross and Sacha Black of The Alliance of Independent Authors, focuses on author-publishers, but their advice applies to everyone running a business.
Orna said something that really resonated with me, something that I don't think enough people realise:
"Coming to the point where you need help is actually something to be proud of."
Because, yes! It really is!
We're told so often that being busy isn't good; work smarter, not harder (I'm guilty of using that line myself); and that we need to stop glorifying being busy.
And I agree with all of that. But getting to the point of needing help with your business means that you ARE busy.
Good things are happening for you. Your business is growing, your products/services are selling, and you no longer have the time to do everything yourself.
In this respect, being busy is fantastic, and something to celebrate.
And asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of. Own it. You deserve it!
But it can feel a bit easier said than done. After all, letting go isn't easy.
It took me far too long to admit that I needed help with my business. I had work coming out of my ears, wasn't sleeping, and was feeling more than a little worn out.
Finally, I took the plunge and found someone I trusted who I passed small tasks to and eventually built up the workload so I now have more regular support.
If you're struggling with the thought of letting go, start small with these 3 ideas for tasks you can outsource today:
1. Monthly Newsletter - Yes, you'll need to give some input on the content, but the admin aspect of getting this setup and sent does not need to be managed by you.
2. Blog Content - Why not commission a blog as a trial run to see if the person can match your tone of voice and deliver the content you're looking for?
3. Research - Gah! Research is so time-consuming! Make a quick bullet-pointed list of what you're looking for and let someone else find what you need.
Still struggling? Share a copy of your to-do list with a colleague or assistant and let them tell you what tasks they can handle!
Now it's your turn. If you're at the point where you feel that help is very much needed, why not give outsourcing a try?