It’s common for entrepreneurs to bootstrap during the first few years of business. But eventually, you'll start asking yourself "am I ready to hire someone?" After all, you’re the sales and marketing team, the bookkeeper, the janitor, IT, the negotiator, the president and the assistant, the graphic designer, the publicist, the agent…
Oooo weee. When you can you sit down and take a break?
Hopefully sooner rather than later, you’ll be able to outsource some tasks to other professionals. It’s a wonderful feeling when you’re able to take a load off your plate and at the same time, help support another person’s financial goals..
So, when is the right time to outsource?
Here are the five key considerations to help you make the decision.
Am I financially prepared to hire someone? Look at this on a monthly basis and make sure it’s something that you can incorporate, knowing the income that will be coming in. For your first few hires, aim to bring someone on as a independent contract on a per project basis. This will help you keep your costs low and learn how to articulate clear deliverables. Sometimes, business owners take out a loan to help with cash flow if they need to hire folks before the expected revenue makes it to the bank account. If you are considering taking out a loan, check out Radius Bank. They are a preferred SBA lender, loans that are focused specifically on the small business owner’s needs.
Is the task you’re hiring out for something that takes a lot of time? If something takes you 10 hours, versus it getting done in 2 hours by a professional (example: graphic design), the cost is probably worth it. Those 10 hours would be better spent selling or servicing your clients.
Will the work enhance your business? Sometimes it may feel like hiring a graphic designer or copy editor isn’t worth the money because it isn’t directly affecting your sales process. But investing in your business is a sure-fire way to up your entrepreneurial game and attract more paying clientele.
Does the person understand your vision? The more people you surround yourself with and allow to be a part of your business journey who believe what you believe, the more aligned you will be to your mission and goal.
Are they connected to any business owners that could use your services? This is an easy place to get referrals that is usually overlooked. Often times we ask clients for referrals, but what about the people we pay? By helping you make more money, they are increasing the likelihood that you will hire them again and again.
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This post was in partnership with Radius Bank.