You see, I can be pretty darn good at something when I focus on it. We all can be, right? When business was going great, the house was a horrible mess. When the laundry was folded, dishes cleaned and dinner was on the table every night, I wasn't returning client calls quick enough and getting behind on processing orders.
Panic and stress were getting to be the norm.
I could rock one side of life. But not both. That's when I decided to get some serious help. And I haven’t looked back since.
So what sorts of things did I outsource?
For business the first things I outsourced were image editing and email.
Image Editing. As a photographer this is one of the toughest and most time consuming parts of the business. I turned over my final editing to a wonderful company called Rebooku. They have really fast turn around times and do great work! Use this code: RefcM7k47li for 10% off your first order. You will love them!
Email. Ugh. I hate it. I had learned the art of email templates (we'll talk about that soon), but they weren’t getting sent out on time and sometimes not at all. Yikes! This does not make for a good client experience. I knew I needed help to organize and automate my processes. After lots of research I settled on a studio management system called Tave. I am head over heels in love with Tave. It has saved me over and over again because my poor little brain can only retain so much. The good guys over there are giving my followers a 60 day free trial instead of the usual 30 days. Click here to start yours!
Help around the office. Around the same time I did hire a part time assistant to help with client management and to assist on photo sessions. This was a blessing in and of itself. If you can't afford to hire an assistant consider starting an internship program. You could contact a local high school or university to easily fill a spot for course credit.
Social Media. A thorn in my side and maybe yours too. I do love it, but I struggle to find quality images (in my style) and content to constantly post. Sure I have my client's beautiful images which I am always posting, but I wanted styled artwork too. I spent more time searching, editing or snapping halfway decent images on my iphone than anything else. That's when it finally hit me, I'm a photographer! Duh! I can create my own. And that's just what I did. So, this idea really isn't outsourced, but I started creating images in different themes and batch shooting them. I'm telling you this because I may start offering them to you as well! And THAT is certainly something you can outsource! More details to come soon :)
Let’s talk about things that can be outsourced at home.
Cleaning. Number one on this list has to be cleaning! I hired a maid service to come in twice a month to do all the things I hate! It would take me a week to do the things they do in four hours. And there is nothing like a clean home to ease some tension and help you relax.
Meal Prep. There are some wonderful meal prep services out today. We love Dream Dinners and Freshly. Thaw it the night before and follow the directions to cook your meal. Is it a little pricey? Yep. But I didn’t have to plan the meal, shop for the groceries, wash and chop veggies or meat. It’s all done. And the meals are fantastic!
Grocery Shopping. I can blast through the grocery store aisles like mad woman, but it’s so nice to see a big giant box show up on my front porch knowing I only had to click a few buttons to stock my pantry. My favorites are Amazon Subscribe & Save and Thrive Market. Thrive is like a combination of Whole Foods meets Amazon. It’s chock full of organic and non-gmo options if you are into a healthy lifestyle. Get 25% off your first order here.
Dry Cleaning. I do not have the time or patience to iron my husband’s pants and dress shirts for work. There I said it. Haha! Most dry cleaners have a pick-up and delivery service. Check out your local ones if this is something you could easily sub out.
Outsourcing was THE best thing I ever did for my business and family! I fought it for the longest time, thinking I could do it all. But I would just become more and more frustrated. Because guys, we can't really do it all. And there is absolutely nothing wrong in admitting that!
I’m so happy I waved that white flag just as high as I could when I finally realized it. Are you ready to let go of some things? Have you already? What am I missing out on? I’d love to know where you’ve learned to outsource as well.