When you start an online business you can easily become attached to it. You love it like it’s one of your kids, which makes it super hard to start outsourcing – even if you really need to.
Letting go of certain tasks is not easy but it can be completely worth it. This is the first year where I’ve been serious about getting help and I am so grateful that I did.
Here are the things I outsource and how I got started.
What I Outsource
I started outsourcing earlier this year. My blog had gotten to a point where it was starting to bring in a consistent income and I was starting to see some serious potential. The problem was that I spent the majority of my time working for other people instead of on my own projects.
There were weeks, where after getting client work done, I just didn’t feel like touching my own stuff. I imagine this is a common problem for freelancers.
I wanted to keep regular posts on my blog and social media but needed to lessen the burden on myself, so I decided to start hiring stuff out.
At first this was really hard to do and I had no idea who to get to help. The first person who I got only lasted about two weeks! Then I was super lucky to get an email from Chonce and took her up on the offer. She has been amazing and I am so glad that I found her!
The next thing I was really having problems with was staying consistent on Pinterest. After taking Elite Blog Academy I started working Pinterest and doing really, really well with it. The problem though, is that it was so hard for me to keep up.
Every night after my girls went to bed I’d jump on Pinterest and start pinning. It took me anywhere from 30-60 mins. Then I’d miss a day, which led to missing two days, which led to missing a week, and then I wouldn’t want to get back on at all!
I wanted to keep getting traffic from Pinterest I just didn’t want to feel bound by it. I was super nervous to outsource anything social media related.
Then a little while after Gretchen opened up the Pinterest Assistant I made the plunge and handed over my Pinterest account to her.
I’m so glad that I did! She does an awesome job and her rates are super affordable. If you have less than 50 boards she’ll run your Pinterest account for $75 a month. That is a STEAL in my opinion because when it comes to Pinterest Gretchen really knows her stuff!
In addition to Chonce writing for the blog once a week she also helps me with my Facebook page. (We both get on there and schedule out stuff so that at least one thing a day gets posted.) And has also helped me clean up comments.
I’ve also had a good friend help me with other posts too.
Besides that I use Fiverr to get things like printables at $5/pop. (P.S. If you don’t currently have a Fiverr account you can go through this link to get one free gig.)
Tips for Outsourcing
Putting money back into your business is a great way to grow. In fact, I was super inspired to keep doing this after reading an article by Kyle Taylor on how he grew The Penny Hoarder into a $10 million per year blog! (Check out that article!)
My first attempt at outsourcing didn’t work so well. I feel like I’ve learned a lot since I started. My two main tips would be:
Find the Right People
Find people that you enjoy working with and that you can trust. Obviously, you need the person to have skills for the job as well.
Finding the right people is crucial and is probably the most important thing you can do.
When you have people helping you, create a system so that you’re on the same page. For instance, when it comes to writing Chonce and I share a Google Doc with post topics.
I make a list of all the different topics I want covered on my blog and she is free to choose whichever one she feels like writing about that week. Whenever one of us write about a topic on the list we just give it a strike through on the Google sheet so that we don’t both end up writing the same exact post.
This has been working out really well.
For Facebook I have instructions on how I choose/find posts to share as well as what type of posts do the best. We schedule one post for the same time everyday so it’s easy to hop on there and see what the other person has done.
It’s So Worth It
I waited until my blog was generating a consistent income before getting help and it has been completely worth it for me.
There’s a lot that goes into running a blog and by outsourcing the stuff that I really needed help with I haven’t had to stress out about letting things slip because now things are actually getting done – just not always by me! And I now have time to work on other things, like growing my business.
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