I get it. You’re a solopreneur. You want to grow your business into a thriving company that provides you with happiness and a lifestyle dreams are made of. But how YOU, all by yourself make that happen? There are so many pieces of the entrepreneurial puzzle to take care of, some of which you don’t even know about.
You’re proud of the fact that you’ve bootstrapped your business from the ground up, tackling every task that comes your way. You built your first website, dove in and learned how to edit and upload videos to YouTube, figured out how to format your email newsletter, and even wrestled your shopping cart into submission.
But that feeling of pride that comes from doing the work yourself comes with a price. Too many small business owners are working too many hours, suffering from burnout and frustration—not because you’re not good at what you do, but simply because you are unwilling or don’t know how to truly look ahead, set goals for growing your business and make business investments.
You’re letting a scarcity mindset prevent you from taking the steps—and making the business investments—that will have a massive impact on your enterprise.
Here are 3 ways you can grow your business with an OBM, by considering them as investments.
By far the biggest objection to outsourcing you’ll hear is “I can’t afford it.” Perhaps you’ve heard—or even said it. But the fact is, if you’re a serious business owner, you can’t afford not to outsource.
The time you free up by not doing those mundane, everyday tasks is time you’ll spend more profitably, by:
- Creating new coaching programs
- Upping your content marketing game
- Recording video and audio content
- Connecting with your audience through email and blogging
- Working with clients either one on one or in a group setting
- Or just enjoying your life!
Outsourcing should never be looked at as an expense. In fact, if you’re not getting a return on this investment, take a hard look at what you’re outsourcing and to whom, likely there is room for improvement. OBM’s specialize in many of the tasks you hate, making them faster and more productive, which saves you money in the long run!
Most online business owners start out using low-cost tools with limited features. For example, you might be using PayPal exclusively for product sales, and manually adding buyers to your mailing list each time you receive a payment. While that’s an acceptable solution when time is easier to come by than money, you’ll quickly outgrow it. The problem is, too many entrepreneurs fail to recognize the benefits of true automation.
Not only is trying to “make do” with a pieced-together system costing you sales, but it costs actual dollars, too. You will spend extra time simply getting it all to work, rather than letting the tools do the heavy lifting.
OBM’s LOVE automation tools and know all the in’s and out’s of how to create a low cost, effective system that runs while you sleep, or vacation, or spend time outside of your business. Recognize when it’s time to uplevel your marketing and operational tools to reduce the “people” work and watch your income increase dramatically!
It is possible to build your business solely on your own. You can pay attention to what others are doing and reverse engineer their systems. You can read books and blogs and maybe invest in a few carefully chosen training programs.
But there will come a time when your growth will flatline, and you’ll struggle to reach that next level. That’s when it’s time to invest in coaching. And yes, even coaches have (and need) coaches. A coach can help you see past your own blind spots, work through the blocks that are holding you back, and build a business you love—on your own terms.
There is a rare breed of OBM that is also a coach. Getting operational and marketing support as well as coaching along side it, is the best combination for growing your business.
Don’t be afraid to invest in your business. Wise business investments such as coaching, automation, and outsourcing will pay for themselves many times over.
Now it’s your turn – which one of these strategies can you implement in the next 60 days to kick things up a notch?
Take a look at our Smarten Up Your Business checklist and see which gaps you might be able to bridge with a Coach, VA, OBM or some automation.