When you take the leap to become an entrepreneur, that does NOT automatically make you great at business and all of the other skills that come along with it. If you have become an entrepreneur, then it's clear that you have a good level of confidence in yourself and that's awesome. However, don't be overconfident and think that you can do everything on your own. Even some of the greatest entrepreneurs had to build great teams around them.
You may be great at developing new products that your customers need, but does that make you great at marketing? No.
You might be a great coder, but does that give you the insight you need for developing a growth strategy for the business? No.
Maybe you're a people person and great with the presentation of fresh, new ideas, does that help you keep your accounting and finances in order? The answer is typically no.
So, the first question that you should ask yourself is "am I willing to accept that there are things I do not know?" If the answer is "yes," then the second question is "who is the best person to help me with a particular task?" Once you realize that you may not be the best person for a particular task and that there are things that you don't know, then you begin to realize the benefits of outsourcing.
You may need to outsource certain activities in your entrepreneurial journey. And this may cost you some money in most cases unless you know of a close friend that is willing to help for free. Take this piece of advice, save yourself time and focus on the things you are best at. You can learn the things that you hire others for as you go through the process of working with others. You can learn about managing people, business, selling to customers, etc. But this learning process will happen gradually as things are being accomplished; instead of you struggling up front with a task and not much progress is being made.
If you're trying to avoid outsourcing work, like I did at one point, there are definitely ways to do it. You could take some classes on particular topics, read books, and learn gradually. This type of method could definitely work for smaller tasks (i.e. how to select and delete portions of an audio file). However, you could spend money on books and courses, try to implement the new knowledge, and end up taking way longer than necessary. Just as a brief example, it could be with web design. You might be able to move a few boxes around a standard template on new website hosting platforms, but if you want something that is truly original or involves various lines of code, a skilled professional can probably do in hours what would take you months. And isn't your time a valuable commodity? You can always make more money, but you will never get back the time you wasted on something that you could have let someone else do for you.
Along similar lines, if you want to hire individuals to work for your company and then delegate certain tasks to them, it would be considered insourcing. It's the same concept though. You are bringing in others with strengths to help where you may be weaker (or not as strong).
Whatever your action plan ends up being, know when the time is ripe for outsourcing (or insourcing) tasks and when to ask for help. Something as simple as this will save you plenty of heart-ache down the sometimes lonely road of entrepreneurship.
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