Back in October I wrote a post about how I was looking for ways to offload some of the mind-numbing tasks that eat up a lot of my time — and that prevent me from doing those things that I absolutely love.
The first thing I outsourced was my business bookkeeping. The bookkeeper, who is fabulous and worth her weight in gold, has spent the last two months cleaning out my books, which were filled with errors. She’s also been advising me on how to improve my cash flow and which expenses to cut. Most important, she’s helping me become better focused on bringing in income, which is my strength.
Things moved a little slowly at first and I wasn’t sure I had made the right decision. But last week I realized I had. She came to my office and **while I worked** she paid bills, filled out tax forms and did all that stuff I used to spend hours doing. All I had to do was sign the dotted line on various forms and things. I literally was like, “OMG.”
From there, I seriously began considering how I could better use my virtual assistant. She’s been with me for a couple of years now, but it’s been on again, off again as I really don’t use her to her full capacity. I started changing that by looking at the tasks I do that I *hate.* I’ve been sending more tasks her way — everything from cleaning out my email inbox and ordering letterhead to helping me with some of my project work.
This is still a work in progress as I fight the guilt of sending her tasks that I don’t like doing, but it’s becoming much easier. I love it when she sends me completed tasks — stuff that used to take me hours is all done and ready to go!
The next thing I want to outsource is a big one for me because I have huge resistance against it — hiring a company to come plow out my driveway after a snow storm. Anytime it snows more than four inches, it takes me two hours or more to dig out. And with this series of storms pounding New England, I’ve been digging out — a lot — and it’s seriously cutting into my work time.
I’ve resisted outsourcing this chore because I’m of sturdy stock; I can shovel my own damn snow, plus it’s good exercise, blah, blah, blah. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Do you outsource certain tasks in order to free yourself up to do what you love? If so, what have you outsourced and how has it worked for you?