Learning to Outsource

Learning to Outsource

I’ve always been a curious one.  I want to know how to do things and I push myself to go beyond my limits to learn things that are out of my comfort zone.  I often have people say to me, “How do you know how to do that?”  My response is pretty typical, “I learned it.”  Having a teaching background and having taught for seventeen years,  I believe I am, and always will be,  a life-long learner.  I also believe it’s in my genetic make up and what keeps my mind from never being still.  I can truly say I am never bored.

When I started my own business I was anxious to learn it all.  I not only wanted to save myself a little bit of money, but I truly wanted to learn how to do it.  Pretty big aspirations don’t you think?  Well, I was very successful in doing a great deal for myself but there were things that I wanted to do with my business that would take me large amounts of time to learn.  I found myself asking, “How can I  learn this quickly and do a good job?  How can I be a Virtual Assistant with many skills, and still feel the need to outsource? Shouldn’t I know it all?”  Absolutely not! Here are some things I’ve come to live by:

1. I know I can’t do it all. This has been a huge business lesson for me.  Although I want to learn it all, I just don’t have the time to put aside to do that.  Outsourcing has been a huge relief in knowing the job is going to get done by someone who is very qualified.  My biggest outsource – my accountant!

2. I  have certain strengths and weaknesses.  There are certain things that I am really good at that I don’t require any help with at all.  In fact, I help many  clients utilizing my strengths.  My weaknesses – I’ve learned to acknowledge what they are and ask for help.

3. The value of outsourcing saves me time and energy!  Not only do I know I will get the work done on time, I also know it will be great work the first time.  Looking at the value, instead of the cost, has really saved me precious time, energy and stress!

I look at outsourcing as one way to lead a balanced life.  Whether it be through receiving a little bit of help or having someone else do the time-consuming tasks for you! Everyone has their own strengths so build on your strengths – but ask for help with your weaknesses.  It’s like the saying, “One person’s garbage is another person’s treasure.” The same holds true for outsourcing, “one person’s weakness is another person’s strength!”.

Have a great day everyone!

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