[Kyle: This is a guest post from a Gina Smith. She’s going to show you maybe the most effective productivity hack out there: hire more hands.]
The words, “I can do that”, can be like nails on a chalkboard when they are spoken by a small business owner or entrepreneur. One of the most common mistakes made when opening a business is trying to wear too many hats.
As a small business consultant, I come across aspiring entrepreneurs in all types and stages of business. Most have gone into business for themselves because they have a certain skill, talent or aspiration. It always baffles me when a business owner has invested in an impressive office or workshop space and hired employees to produce and deliver their product and/or services but then chooses to handle their own marketing, information technology, tax filings, etc. Really? And, the kicker is in 99% of the cases, the business owner has no prior experience in any of these areas.
Have you ever heard of the saying, “it is better to do a few thing well than many things lousy?” When a business owner is also the hiring, marketing, fulfillment, tax and IT manager, problems will inevitably arise. While it may not be necessary to hire full time employees to handle certain functions, you can consider outsourcing these tasks to an experienced and reliable individual or company. [click to continue…]