Are You Jane-of-all-Trades?

Jane-of-all-trades

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Your Why, But….

Hey Jane-of-all-trades, What was your reason for starting your online business? Financial freedom? No bosses? No office politics? You want to help people?

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All of these reasons (and the others that are floating in your head) are admirable and should inspire you to reach high for your goals but the only way to reach those goals is to stay focused on your main mission (client work) and not on admin tasks.

What is a Jane-of-all Trades?

Jane-of-all-Trades are those solopreneurs who feel the need to do everything themselves. They schedule their own client appointments, answer emails, handle customer service issues, and do their own monthly bookkeeping. Plus all the myriad marketing tasks that are necessary to attract customers and grow their customer base.

If you’re so focused on ALL of these admin and marketing tasks, how much time are you really dedicating to your clients? The money is with your paying clients, yet all the other admin and marketing tasks are certainly necessary.

How do you split your time?

Quite simply, it’s time to delegate your admin tasks to an assistant. It’s your choice to hire a Virtual Assistant, who works remotely from their home office, or a real life admin assistant, who lives nearby and comes into your office to do physical tasks. Either of these assistants can answer the office phone, schedule appointments, answer questions about your  programs, and keep your social media profiles updated.

For something as specialized as your financial books, hiring a CPA or a certified bookkeeper is important. Not only are they bound by confidentiality and a code of ethics but they know how to keep accurate records and how to organize everything for a smooth tax season.

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In general, hiring experts in their field is a wise business investment, even when it comes to hiring admin assistants. Those with solid job experience can finish tasks much more quickly and efficiently (and with fewer mistakes) than someone with less experience, or even you! Remember the last time you tried learning new software? There’s a learning curve to everything; why put yourself through that, wasting precious time and money, when there are experts who can implement that software in half the time?

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Also, a word of caution when hiring. Be very clear on the tasks you need completed and what skills you want in an assistant. Absolutely anyone can say they are an admin assistant or a VA, even if they have limited experience. Go through an interview process, ask for references, call those references. Your business is important so you want to hire a qualified applicant.

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I’m holding a new masterclass all about positioning your biz to receive profits, by releasing the stressors of your business and it’s beneficial for all jane-of-all-trades, solopreneur business owners who find themselves doing everything for everyone.

In my “The Profit Primer Masterclass” we’ll talk about how to delegate, automate, and eliminate tasks so you feel happier about your business and can focus more on helping those clients who inspire you. So your biz can become profitable.

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Renee Lamb

Renee has over 15+ years of experience in the corporate world. She has had management roles in HR, international healthcare and project management. But the role she loves the most is Job Exit Strategist for her own company, Renee M. Lamb, LLC. Renee is not only passionate for, (well maybe obsessed) being an advocate for helping professionals to gain freedom and wealth via entrepreneurship. She believes her role is to give them wings so they can soar to greater heights on their entrepreneurship journey. She does this by her coaching programs and courses.

  • Laura says:

    Allowing someone else to take on tasks is something I struggle with often, delegation is not my strength. However I do understand the importance and benefits of it so I forced myself to put it in my business plan. This was a good reminder of why it is important to include it!

    • Renee Lamb says:

      Laura – Way to go by taking that important step of planning for it. I know as women, we tend to do it, so it can be done correctly. I was that way for a long time, but it was taking a toll on my physical and mental health. I started with small task to delegate. If they did a great job on that, then I would incrementally increase the workload I delegated. Start with what is comfortable to you, there is no wrong or right amount.

  • I’d like to think I am but most of the time it is just my ADD not staying on track haha

    • Renee Lamb says:

      Heather – you are funny!! I did not think I had ADD until I became an entrepreneur and had to do 50 million things. But I realized that was no good to me or my business.

  • Andrea says:

    Sometimes, it is easier said than done to delegate things like that. But important that it needs to be done.

  • Lauren says:

    These are really good points. It can be difficult to focus on your product or clients when you’re doing all the admin work too! Love the tips!

  • Stephanie says:

    I was doing everything on my own for a long time on my blog. My husband and I both work from home on our own businesses, so we have started splitting the work. He does the things he is better at for both businesses, and I do the ones I am better at. We are both working more efficiently and have higher quality work because of it. It definitely helps being able to have someone do a bit of the work so I can focus on content creation.

    • Renee Lamb says:

      Stephaine, I love what you and your husband did. That is a perfect solution for you and others who can get that help and support. Thank you for sharing how you delegate. There are always different options to getting it done.

  • GiGi Eats says:

    My husband is 100000% a JACK OF ALL TRADES. As for me, I don’t think I do it all, but I think I do a lot!!! I know how to balance myself out!

    • Renee Lamb says:

      GiGi that is funny. I am glad you have found how to balance. If there are tips you have to do that please feel free to share in the comments. I welcome all other tips and strategies. Maybe get your husband to read the post, so he can stop doing it all.

  • This was a great read! I am still new to trying to make a small income via blogging, but I do struggle with balancing it with my life as a stay at home mom. I will be looking into a virtual assistant in the near future!

    • Renee Lamb says:

      Patricia – if you get the right VA, you will be in heaven. When I got mine, I almost did not know what to do with the free time I have gotten back, by delegating the items I did not like or was not good at to her. It felt so good, to not have to stress about those things getting done and really focus on the task that I enjoyed and went toward bringing in the money.

  • MAYSZ says:

    Great advice about 5 Steps to a Stress-Free Business. it’s not easy for those businessman to focus their business in this case they need hire admin or VA to lessen their works. This is really helpful though.

    • Renee Lamb says:

      Maysz – I see from the comments, people are struggling with the idea of delegating things to others. I might have to do some more post around letting go. It can be scary to put a piece of your brand/business in the hands of others, but you can grow but so much doing it all on your own. I tell people if we did not delegate, there would be no need for employees. Eventually the business grew and they needed help so they hired people. I am glad you found the tips helpful.

  • Joshua says:

    Great advice in regards to hiring a personal assistant or VA. Definitely interview them and be specific about the tasks you need help with them doing.

  • I have been an assistant for many years before I stopped working. It was one of my favorite jobs, as I loved helping someone fulfill their role. I can admit though to working with some terrible assistance though. It is so important to interview and know what you are looking for.

    • Renee Lamb says:

      Angela you said a lot in that last two sentences. Yes interviewing is crucial. It is not just about the technical, but also the soft skills. I like to hear them, and see how I feel. I also want to feel as though we are a team. Thanks for your feedback as you were an assistant, so you know.

  • WELL PUT! This is a hard lesson for many entrepreneurs and small-business owners to absorb, but it is absolutely critical if you care going to grow your business and not burnout!

  • Helene says:

    I don’t have a business other than my blog, which at the moment is not a full time blogging thing. But if I had, asking and getting help and support from experts I think it would be a great invest.

    • Renee Lamb says:

      Helene, your blog is your business. And just because you are not full time, means nothing. You are still an entrepreneur. Ok I am off my soap box. Yes the earlier you can start to get help the better. I would suggest you plan it out, so when that times comes you are ready to seize the opportunity.

  • Nati says:

    Thank you so much for this information! I am doing all the tasks myself right now and I think outsourcing would be a better idea but my budget is not very big for the moment.

    • Renee Lamb says:

      Nati, I am glad you enjoyed the post. Start where you can. Do a search on Fiverr or talk to your biz besties. There are some VA’s that are very reasonable. Or look for a VA that is starting up their business, who needs clients, so they will work with you.

  • Cristina pop says:

    At this time, I am surely Jane :)) I tend to want to make everything, especially with my blog. I feel like I can’t really trust anyone else with it 🙂 But now I do see the benefits of delegating, so I might reconsider it.

    • Renee Lamb says:

      Reconsider Cristina. Please reconsider. LOL The time you get back, you can really do so much more in your business. And also work on the task and things you love that make your business even more profitable. Thank you for your honesty. I love it. You are my type of person. LOL

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