The Joy of Outsourcing for Moms Working at Home

The Joy of Outsourcing for Moms Working at Home
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working at homeThis article is courtesy of Melanie Williamson. Melanie has been a successful work-at-home-mom (WAHM) for 7 years. Having no formal business background or business education prior to venturing out on her own, she learned a great deal along the way, and she loves sharing what she has learned with other work-at-home-moms.

As a mom working at home, you have a lot on your plate. You have to be the mom, the household manager and the business owner all at the same time. Your to-do list is a mile long and doesn’t get shorter regardless of how much you get done.

 

Many work at home moms (WAHMs) burn themselves out trying to handle everything. You end up making yourself sick, depressed, exhausted or simply so crabby that no one wants to be around you.

 

When this happens, you also start forgetting things; sometimes really important things like business meetings or conference calls, which can damage your business. You may also forget more important things like your kid’s piano recital or that you were suppose to pick up your child from soccer practice. Then your mom guilt takes over, which only makes the situation worse.

 

If you insist on trying to do everything for your business, your home, your family and yourself all of the time, you will fail. You might be able to keep it up for a period of time, but eventually you will fail because your expectations are unreasonable. Instead of setting yourself up for failure or heartache with your family, acknowledge you can’t possibly do everything and move forward from there.

 

The key to getting everything done in the most effective way is outsourcing. The term “outsourcing” has some negative connotations attached to it. You might be thinking either “I can’t afford to outsource” or “I don’t want to trust someone in a foreign country, who I’ve never met before to get important things done for my business.”

 

The first thing you need to do is let go of these thoughts. You are already outsourcing! Think of it this way… Do you change the oil in your car? Do you dry clean your own clothes? Do you grow your own food?

 

No…these are all things you outsource. Anytime you pay to have something done that you could possibly do yourself, you are outsourcing.

 

Changing the oil in your car is the perfect example. It isn’t hard. You could learn how, buy the needed tools, and spend an hour or two changing your oil. Of course, you’ll also need to keep some dingy clothes to use as your “oil changing clothes”, learn the proper way to dispose of the used oil, and buy special hand cleaner to get the grimy oil off your hands and nails.

 

If you are only considering the money spent, it would be significantly cheaper to start changing your own oil. However, when you take into account the amount of time and mental energy you would be spending, it is much more expensive. An expert working at an oil change garage can have it done in less than 15 minutes and all the mess stays with him.

 

Why not apply the same line of thinking to your business. You work on the things you are an expert in; the things that you can get done working at homeeffectively on your own. You can also keep the tasks you enjoy doing; the tasks that drew you to the business in the first place. Working at home does not mean you can’t still delegate tasks.

 

For example, you may be a social media diva, but you don’t know html. Instead of spending the time and mental energy learning html, so you can customize your website the way you want it to be, you can hire a web expert. What would take you an entire day or more may take a web expert a couple hours. Then you can spend that time working your magic through social media.

 

So how do you decide what to outsource and what to do yourself?

 

For an entire week, write down everything you do and how long it took you to do it. Highlight the tasks you struggle through. At the end of the week, you can look at the list and choose the tasks that an expert could get done significantly faster than you can. Do a little research to find out how much it would cost you to outsource these tasks.

 

Keep in mind, as a WAHM, your task list will likely include business and home tasks. You can outsource either. For example, if you spend 10 hours a week cleaning and that is time you could be spending either on your business or with your family, consider outsourcing it.

 

Let’s say the tasks you feel you’re wasting the most time on are a dozen little tasks, opposed to one big task. Consider hiring a virtual assistant (VA) for a few hours a week. Although tasks vary from one VA to another, generally speaking, they can handle tasks such as social media, writing, responding to emails, making phone calls, scheduling appointments, creating newsletters, editing and more.

 

Other ways to outsource without spending money is to enlist the help of others. Set up a car pool arrangement with another mom to decrease the number of times you have to drive back and forth to the school. Get your kids on board helping around the house. Eliminate tasks and activities that are not essential to your business or home life and cause you stress. For example, don’t let yourself get talked into joining yet another committee for the school, the troop, the PTA, etc. Learning to say no to extra nonessential tasks is vital.

 

Outsourcing tasks and prioritizing your time will make you, your family, and your clients happier.

 

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From over $40,000 in debt (and bankrupt at age 23, to now doing over $1-Milion in sales per year, Devon Brown (creator of RenegadeSuccess.com) enjoys teaching internet home business entrepreneurs the short-cuts he wishes he knew about when he first started. For free video advice that makes learning internet marketing FUN & SIMPLE, be sure to follow Devon on Facebook

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