CAN’T AFFORD TO HIRE? 5 TIPS TO GET MORE WORK DONE ANYWAY…
September 6, 2011
YOU’RE NOT ALONE
I have several solutions to this particular challenge, because I’m living it daily. Aggressive, dynamic and committed to driving my consulting business and the businesses of my active and success seeking clients, I’m probably one of the best person on the planet to offer advice on this topic.
NEITHER AM I
The truth be told, I’m not alone in being overworked and underpaid. Honestly, we all know we make a bundle more money working for someone else while working a quarter of the time. For some crazy reason we have the “gene” of the entrepreneur. Like a biological malfunction, we are living our lives on a roller coaster ride. The highs being just above the stars and the lows being devastating. As entrepreneurs we are driven by both extremes.
CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE
Of course, we know that with a bit of help we could get lots more done. The challenge comes when we hit the lows. How will we afford to pay another person when we might be scrapping to meet our existing expenses? That’s a very real concern for many of us.
AN ANSWER TO OUR PRAYERS
Taking the unreliable nature of our cash flow into consideration, we need to explore other ways to get the work done without the added stress of a regular salary. The following tips should help you reach the next level without putting you in the red.
TIP #1 : DO MORE WITH LESS.
The way to do that is to couple many projects together. Let me explain, when writing blog posts for clients, I use some of the research for additional blog posts as well. Just stagger the publish date or present the information to address a different market. That way you’re collecting resources and reshuffling to reuse in a variety of ways.
This works with any information based delivery method, including writing articles, newsletters, speaking, e-books etc.
TIP # 2 : USE TECHNOLOGY MORE EFFECTIVELY.
Be your own gatekeeper by using technology as an invisible shield. Responding on your terms will dramatically slash interruptions to your day. Skype your meetings saving travel time and chatting. People are much more respectful of time on Skype.
TIP # 3 : NEVER AGREE TO DO SOMETHING IMMEDIATELY.
ALWAYS explain that with current/future time being so busy/tightly scheduled/mandated by someone other than yourself, you just can’t make the commitment without first checking your calendar. No matter what they do to talk you into an immediate decision, stand firm.
TIP # 4 : DON’T SAY YES WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING THE FULL EXTENT OF THE COMMITMENT.
Ask for a document that outlines the needs that the organization has that you are being asked to fill. When you receive the document, check it in an effort to REALISTICALLY assess how many hours and what resources you are actually committing to with your involvement.
TIP # 5 : DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY “NO.”
Say NO to things that don’t positively impact the bottom line, have a huge time commitment and leave butterflies in your stomach. You know, in your heart of hearts, that these things aren’t GOOD for you. Just say a polite “no, no thank you.”
Often when we analyze our time and where it’s really going, it is easy to see that we have not be guarding it as the valuable resource that it is.
IT’S ALL ABOUT VALUE.
The moral of the story is that the more we value our time and more others will as well. Placing a higher dollar amount on our time allows us to think about it differently. In reality, it is more limited than money. We need to remember that and act accordingly.
WITH THAT SAID…
You might want to hire a professional to move your business forward, save time and get you to the next level. Having someone who’s delivered success to people from all walks of life might be exactly what you need. Don’t hesitate to reach out.
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