One way to cure procrastination is to simply outsource what you hate. Instead of setting deadlines for yourself, set deadlines for other people. There are few things that you can’t outsource today. So, the first clue you have that you should outsource something is that you dislike it. But there is more to it than that.
Does It Make Sense Monetarily?
Often the things you hate doing are considered (at least by you) to be menial tasks. Tasks like bookkeeping, data entry, marketing, sales, and so forth. These are tasks that are ripe for outsourcing because they are boring (to you) and more than likely you can earn more money outsourcing it and turning your focus to your main money maker.
For example, if you earn $100.00 per hour doing your main business, why would you do tasks that can be outsourced for $35.00 per hour? You’re missing out on $65.00 per hour if you don’t outsource.
Are You Skilled At Doing It?
Many things that you hate doing are likely simply because you’re not good at doing them. It’s okay not to be good at doing everything. This doesn’t mean you’re deficient. It just means that you can’t do a good job doing something you weren’t trained for and have no talent for. It’s okay and not a sign of weakness on your part.
A good example is bookkeeping and accounting. If this is not your core function for your business, then it probably takes you ten times as long to do it, and it is poorly executed to boot. While hiring an expert of this caliber may cost you, the time savings will make up for the discrepancy.
You’d Rather Be Swimming (Golfing, Fishing, etc…)
Sometimes you hate doing something just because it’s taking away from the things you really want to do. When your business gets to a certain point, it makes sense to start outsourcing various activities so that you can do other things you consider fun to do.
The rule of thumb is that if it’s not your main line of work, that outsourcing it is perfectly fine. The other thing is, if you can outsource it for less than you can earn from your core line of work, then you’re ahead of the game too. Of course, you want the outsourcers to do as well as you would for the job, so pick your outsourcers carefully and consider that you usually get what you pay for.
To find outsourcers and contractors, check them out on LinkedIn, visit their website, read their testimonials, or even contact people they work with. Conduct a thorough investigation about the people you are going to trust with this work to ensure that there aren’t any problems. Are they qualified and certified? Do they have legal licenses in place? How long have they been doing it?
Putting all this together, if you hate doing certain tasks, it’s preferable to outsource. In fact, if you’re not outsourcing these tasks, you’re doing yourself and your business a disservice. Even if you can’t bring yourself to outsource some things in your business, consider outsourcing some tasks that every business needs such as bookkeeping and accounting to help you lessen the pressure on your life as you build your business.