Outsourcing Your Interior Design Business Weaknesses
Have you every wondered why you aren’t more successful in your interior design business?
After attending an amazing seminar conducted by one of the best trainers on the circuit, Alex Mandossian, I asked myself why I wasn’t having more fun with my business. Have you every asked yourself that same question?
What hit me was how much time I was spending doing things:
- I don’t like to do
- I don’t do well
- I don’t want to do
If you have ever felt the tightness in your stomach when you were doing something that fit those criteria, then STOP! Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the task mission-critical?
- Does this produce revenue or business prospects for me?
- Is this something I do well?
- Is this a task that is a strength of mine?
If the answer to these four questions is “yes,” then you should do it.
- Is there someone else within the company that could do this task better or more quickly?
- Would delegating this task to someone else allow me to do more of the mission-critical or revenue-producing work?
- If you work alone, is there someone that you could outsource this activity to that would do it more cost-effectively or more quickly?
Always play to your strengths, and if the answers to any of these three questions is “yes,” you should delegate or outsource. Outsourcing is amazing. If you want to increase your effectiveness, and make more money while working less, then spend some careful planning time to get these tasks delegated is critical. Just remember that delegating does not mean abdicating. You need to monitor the activities and make sure they are done on schedule and to your standards.
There are many great companies that offer computer-aided drafting, rendering, shopping, organizing, bookkeeping and personal assistant activities. If you could produce 8 more hours per week of billable time or project billings, then outsourcing any of these activities for less than $50 per hour (and sometimes much less than this) could make your life easier and less stressful.
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Always remember to play to your strengths and you will enjoy your passions so much more.
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