As business owners, it’s easy to fall into the trap of doing everything ourselves. We know our brands inside and out and have a vision in mind for how we want our businesses to function.
However, this DIY business mindset can cause problems. Contrary to what you might think, doing everything yourself slows your growth instead of accelerating it. Accepting help is the best thing that you can do for supercharging your growth and success.
Why it’s time to ditch the DIY business mindset
It can be overwhelming to consider all the parts that must come together to run a business. There are hundreds of individual tasks within marketing, finance, management, human resources, customer service, and public relations that you could focus on – so it’s no wonder that entrepreneurs get analysis paralysis and find themselves unable to determine their next steps.
Yet we tell ourselves that the do-it-yourself approach is best, especially in the early stages of business. How many times have you had thoughts like the following?
“I’ll save money by doing this myself.”
“It’ll be easier if I just handle this on my own.”
“I don’t want to spend time teaching someone else how to do this task.”
“No one else will do this as well as I can.”
“I don’t have the resources to hire help for this.”
It’s quite natural to have these thoughts, but ultimately, they’re negative statements that won’t help you progress. Like the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”, a growing business requires input, attention, and care from multiple people to succeed. There’s only so much you can do on your own, even if you’re extremely capable and dedicated.
Your mindset after embracing help
For many business owners, accepting help feels like a breath of fresh air. Finally, with a good team in place, entrepreneurs can reclaim their time, focus on tasks that excite them, achieve a healthy work-life balance, and reduce their stress.
The first step to letting go of the DIY business mindset is figuring out what tasks you need help with. From there, you can delegate these tasks to a capable virtual assistant (VA).
Once you have help, don’t be surprised if you start having new thoughts, such as:
“Hiring help is worth the investment.”
“Letting someone else do these tasks saves me time and simplifies my life.”
“Once I trained my VA on these tasks, they took the work over and I don’t have to worry about it anymore.”
“A capable person can do a great job at most tasks with training and support.”
“I have more time and resources to invest in growing my business since hiring help.”
These positive statements are much more productive than negative ones. And with a positive mindset, you’re in a better place to focus on expansion and goals instead of getting bogged down in the day-to-day details.
How a VA can help you
If you’re just starting to dabble in delegation, VAs are great entry-level hires. You can utilise them for as much or little time as you need, train them on specific tasks, and hold regular check-ins to ensure everything is going well.
You might be wondering – what exactly does a VA do? These assistants simplify your schedule by handling all kinds of tasks, such as:
- Answering emails and cleaning up your inbox
- Scheduling and posting social media content
- Data entry
- Making graphics and curating images
- Maintain internal documentation
- Connecting with followers and clients
- Setting up events
…and much more.
If you’re thinking about hiring a VA for the first time, but don’t know where to start, focus first on documentation. Documenting your processes streamlines training and prevents time-wasting. Once your processes are written down, you can pass these on to your VA as well as anyone else you hire in the future. Additionally, ask your VA to update documentation as needed so that it’s always current.
Are you ready for help?
Moving on from the DIY business mindset can feel like a significant change. However, you’ll be thrilled with the results as this allows you to focus on growth, invest in your strengths, and build a superstar team.
A VA is an excellent choice for a growing team. If you want help from a capable, talented, and results-driven VA, book a consultation call with Ee Zen today.