I’ve come to the realization that I can only do so much, get so much done in my 24 hour day. I’m pretty much a one-woman operation and there are things the I’m capable of doing but I’m not getting them done. There are things that I love doing, but they get pushed to the bottom of the list. There are things that I loathe doing and I never seem to find the time to get to them. I’ve decided that 2017 is the year of outsourcing and delegation!
I got a great start with this in the fall when I hired an accountant/CPA to get my books in order and file my taxes. I’m a bookkeeper and finance person by trade, but I never made the time to get my books in order and keep on top of things…the cobbler’s kids have no shoes, right? I had put this off for so long that I needed to pay to have someone dig me out of the hole I dug for myself. I’m doing that and I couldn’t be happier that it’s off my plate and getting done. I reached out to a fellow online seller who referred me to ‘his guy’. I messaged him, we chatted, we set up a conference call and I was off. I gathered up my documents, emailed them out and he and his team we on their way! I live in Arizona and my accountant/CPA is in New York, but he’s the best one for me because he has experience with and understands online sellers and their businesses.
They next thing want to do is look into hiring a Virtual Assistant (VA) to outsource some of my mundane tasks. While this sounds like the answer to everything that’s wrong with my business, I’m going to approach this one with a bit of skepticism. Not that I don’t think it will work, but I think I wont’ give it the time to make it successful. Either way, I try it or I don’t, it’s on my list of things to try to improve in 2017.
In 2017 I’m going to dedicate myself to seriously reviewing my processes. Where can I cut down on time spent doing a task? How can I improve my efficiency? I know it’s a trite statement but I really want to work smarter and not harder. This is always in the back of my mind, but by putting it out there in the inter-web world, I’m hoping it will make me more accountable…time will tell.
What’s on your list of things to accomplish in the coming year? What are you doing to make yourself accountable?