Starting and running a business is no small feat. Oftentimes, as entrepreneurs, we build our business online, meaning, when we need to hire help, we will likely turn to hire remote freelancers.
Remote freelancers are people you’ve hired, but might never meet face to face. They work to support your business from afar.
While this has a significant positive impact on productivity and reduced overhead expenses, it can be an intimidating step in your business’s development. You might find yourself avoiding hiring the help you need and buried in mountains of work.
So how can you bypass the intimidation and hire assistance before it negatively impacts your business? When is the right time to hire remote freelancers?
Here are a few signs that it’s the right time:
If you’re overwhelmed with your daily workload, your business will stall.
The original vision that you had for the business – to take control of your time, to make more money, to liberate you… has turned into nonstop responsibility.
It can feel like you just created an 80 hour a week job for yourself!
The first step is to take a pause for a minute and figure out some tasks that you can offload to clear up some space.
This will give you the necessary breathing room to start working on more important (and valuable) activities.
A lot of entrepreneurs fall into this trap – they are too good at what they do!
You start out trying to get clients or sell your products, and then, you actually do!
When you make a lot of sales, then you immediately jump into fulfilling those sales and stop doing the things that made you successful – sales & marketing.
The problem is that when you stop sales & marketing, your business is going to stop growing, so this is a true warning sign that you need to hire some freelance talent to start offloading your operational tasks.
Your job as a business owner is to create the system that produces the result, not to actually produce the product or service.
If you find yourself overwhelmed working in the day-to-day operations of a business, then it’s time to consider hiring someone to take those tasks off your plate.
Since you can’t replicate yourself, you will be forced to create the system that will allow your business to scale.
Do you end up doing the same tasks more than 3 times?
If so, it’s time to write down how you do them and start delegating.
This is a legitimate reason to delegate.
If you don’t like doing something, there is a good chance it’s because you could be creating more value (and more money) doing something else.
Get rid of the tasks you just don’t like doing, and get back to creating the maximum value you can.
Does your daily work have you strapped to your desk?
When is the last time you have had a chance to focus on your business strategy?
Are your daily tasks preventing you from planning how to grow your business?
Then it is time to hire a skilled professional.
When you have more tasks to complete than hours in the day and you don’t have the mental energy to dedicate to advancing your business, then you are holding yourself back.
By allowing yourself to be bogged down by the day to day tasks, you are preventing your business’s potential for progress.
Hiring someone to take some of the daily work off your plate will enable you to build up your business and take advantage of available opportunities.
When opportunities to explore new revenue streams emerge, then hiring someone to pursue this new path would be an excellent time to hire a remote freelancer.
This is especially true if the direction you would like to take your business requires a specialized skill set.
Don’t reject opportunities because you are lacking the resources. Instead, hire the person you need to achieve your vision.
Have you turned away new clients recently because you didn’t have the capacity to take more work? If yes, then it is time to consider growing your business.
Some entrepreneurs decide to wait until they have enough new business to support a full-time onsite employee. However, hiring a remote freelancer offers more financial flexibility.
Hiring remotely gives you the option to part-time contract the work until you can afford a full-time employee.
Remember, you won’t have to pay for this person’s office space and overhead costs which is a saving in and of itself.
But, deciding to contract part-time work enables you to only pay for a freelancer if there is work to support it.
This makes the decision of when to hire much simpler. You don’t need to turn down work when you can hire someone to do the work for you.
Are you starting a new project for something that’s not your skillset?
Instead of trying to do it all yourself, you can hire someone who already has expertise.
This can dramatically speed up your results (and the quality of those results!)
For example, on the FreeUp platform, you can hire
If you want to start a new project, consider hiring an expert to get you to your goal faster.
I saved this one for last because it’s the most impactful.
We most often get asked this question by entrepreneurs who have not delegated much before, or who have had negative experiences trying.
They are often reluctant to delegate, and “professionally procrastinate” hiring someone.
But every entrepreneur goes through stages, and as your business grows, you need to learn new skills and take on new hats.
Learning to delegate and manage effectively is a skill that can be learned (just like all the other skills you learned on your own!).
Now it’s up you to get out of your own way and start freeing up your time.
Knowing when it is time to take your business to the next level is crucial.
Having additional support will allow you the time and capacity for strategic business growth. The right time to hire a remote freelancer is when your business is ready to meet its full potential.
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