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Wouldn’t It Be Great If…

How Can I Help You?You didn’t have to do the grocery shopping and plan the meals?

You didn’t have to spend 4 hours running all over town picking things up and dropping them off for clients?

You had a system for your business so that you knew for sure you were on track to meet your goals?

What’s your “Wouldn’t it be great if…”?

This question has come up a lot this week.

Part of expanding to reach a new goal means more needs to be done. Doing more business takes time.

But there comes a point at which you are maxed out.

You start trading your time off to run one more errand, or sleep to get caught up on emails.

While your dedication is commendable, there comes a point that you cannot grow without getting help.

It’s the proverbial fork in the road. Do you stay where you are at or do you push through to the other side?

Getting help is often a sticking point because it brings up various elements of stress and uncertainty. How do you find the right person to hire? Are you ready for that kind of financial commitment? Can they really do it as well as you?

The biggest mistake most people make when taking the leap to hire help is not getting clear on what you need help with.

Maybe it’s business help and maybe it’s personal.

In our house, we have found that we actually needed more help with things like grocery shopping, laundry, and cooking healthy dinners.

For my business, I need help with setting my website up, graphic design, meeting contractors, and running errands.

Once I figured this out I was  able to determine exactly who I needed to hire and what I needed them to do for me.

Side Note: Learn to embrace getting help in your personal life. It can seem frivolous or like something you should be able to do on your own, but sometimes those can be the biggest drains. If you don’t like it, don’t do it.

Once I had made my “wouldn’t it be nice if” list I realized that I needed more than one person to help me.

Our personal assistant helps with our house and family as well as running errands. And I found that for the technical side of my business I needed little bits of help in a few different areas. Not enough to hire one person for each thing, but also different enough tasks that not one person could do it all.

A perfect example is my website. The person who knows the code to make it work is not usually overly artistic. They can make it function, but it might not look the way you want. You need a graphic designer for that. So I hired a company called Solomar. I can buy a package of hours each month and they have a staff of people to help with whatever I need.

The point is that there are many different ways to get help that don’t involve huge, drastic commitments. The clearer you are on what you need, the more creative you can get with finding help.

Start your list of “wouldn’t it be nice if” list. Over the next week keep a list of all the things you don’t want to do, that stress you out, or that could be done by someone else.

If you are struggling with this, know that your highest value is being face to face with clients, or doing the things that facilitate that. Everything else can be delegated.

And if getting some strategic help with your business is on your wouldn’t it be nice if list, hit reply and let me know. I’ve opened up a few spots for one on one coaching and would love to help.

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2 Comments

  1. Laurie Lamoureux on March 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    “Learn to embrace getting help in your personal life.” Nicole, I agree that it can be a new mindset for people. I also like to think of it as: I’m supporting another person or business and, according to the laws of the universe, that support will come around to me and my business. If we all hire each other to do what each is good at, it will!

    • Nicole Mangina on March 6, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Laurie, that is so true! We waste so much time and energy trying to do things that are not our strengths. If we just focus on helping others and then allowing others to help us it all works out much better.

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