As a small business owner, it can be hard to know when you’re ready to outsource or hire a team.
You’re so used to doing everything yourself, and the idea of bringing someone else on board can be absolutely terrifying!
But it can help to know that other small business owners are in the same boat: in fact, more than 1/3rd of small business owners outsource at least one business process.
So, when is it time to outsource? What are the signs that business outsourcing or hiring a team could be the right next step for you?
Let’s take a look!
5 Signs That You’re Ready to Outsource
1. Too Many Clients, Not Enough Time.
This is perhaps the most obvious sign.
Do you find yourself overwhelmed by your workload or by client requests? Does it feel like you’re working 24/7 and still not getting ahead?
Or do you actually have to turn away new clients, simply because you don’t have the time or energy?
This is a sure-fire sign that outsourcing is in the cards for you.
2. Someone Else Could Do it Better.
Let’s face it: We can’t be the best at everything.
If there are tasks within your business that you hate – or that you know you’re not good at – you’re ready to outsource those tasks.
Find amazing people who excel at those tasks, and then let them do their thing. Steve Jobs once said, “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”Steve Jobs once said, “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”Click To Tweet Find amazing people who excel at the tasks you don’t, and then let them do their thing. Click To Tweet
So, hire amazing people, let them do their thing, and then focus on the parts of your business you love and that you’re actually good at!
3. Someone Else Could Do it Cheaper
Are you spending hours and hours creating social media graphics, or writing blog posts, or responding to customer service requests?
Is this taking you away from revenue-generating tasks like finding new clients or creating new products?
This is definitely a sign you’re ready to outsource.
Why continue to spend WAY too much time on those tasks when you know someone else can probably do it in half the time and at half the cost…while also allowing you to make the big bucks doing client work!
4. Your Business Growth has Stalled
As a solopreneur, there’s really only so far you can go with your business. There will come a point when you need to outsource or hire a team in order to reach the next stage of growth.
And growth doesn’t happen on its own: it requires you to be actively working on new products or services, finding new clients, and getting out there and selling…all of which takes a tremendous amount of time.
If your sales have plateaued, and you’re ready to really accelerate your growth, this is a huge sign that it’s time to outsource!
5. You’re Not Finding Joy in your Business Anymore
There are many reasons this could happen, but a common culprit can be burnout.
If you frequently find yourself dreading each new workday, or feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work you need to do, it could time to bring someone else on board.
As mentioned above, I recommend handing over the tasks you know you’re not good at, or that you don’t enjoy…so you can focus on serving your clients and doing the work that actually brings you joy!
It’s time to outsource…so, what’s next?
If you’ve decided you’re ready to outsource or hire a team, you might be wondering what’s next.
What tasks should you outsource? How do you find people to outsource to? How do you make sure your business is ready for this next step?
While these questions are outside the scope of this post, I’ve created posts that address each of these questions:
Wondering what to outsource?
What should you do before you even start looking to outsource or hire a team?
How do you find the best people to hire?