Several years ago, I wrote an article on my personal blog about Striking Out on Your Own. I was forced to start my own business because of my priority in staying home with my children. I have absolutely no regrets about that decision. BUT…
My natural tendency is not be the #1 when it comes to business, I am much more comfortable as a #2. I tried explaining this to my twins as they start feeling out what they may want to do with their lives. It came out a little bit like this…typically, the head of a company is the visionary, has great ideas, is great with networking and people and can influence people. That’s not how I see myself. I see myself at the support staff…you give me the idea and I can make it happen. I am smart, determined and know how to find good resources. I am really not good at social situations and my visionary abilities stop at planning a great vacation.
So with that being said, as I am Exploring Making more Money, I have been looking for ways to streamline what I do so that I can do more. My business is just me, no subcontractors, no staff, just me. I do all the work: the marketing, the management, the sales, the customer service, the administration and the actual technical work. I have been focusing on tracking my work and free time to see if there is anywhere that would be the most economical items to contract out to free me up some.
I know I then have to weigh the benefits and cost of subcontracting versus doing it myself, but this is where my mind is heading right now. So my question is for you entrepreneurs out there, what tasks have you found to be most effective and efficient to contract out versus doing it yourself?