How tapping into freelance talent can save your small business money

How tapping into freelance talent can save your small business money

Tapping into freelance talent as a small business owner can save you and your small business money.

Not sure how? Or even if hiring a freelancer is the way to go for your small business?

Welcome back to GinAdmin. I am Gina Koran and I will be your host today. As always, I am grateful that you have a taken a few minutes of your valuable time to read my coffee-induced “wisdom”, as it were.

So today we are going to look at how tapping into the freelance talent out there can help save your small business money this year.

Go grab your favorite drink and let’s dive in…

Did you know…

70% of employers plan to use freelancers this year!

This is according to the 2022 Freelancing Trend in the USA survey conducted early this year.

Companies in many sectors are facing fast-moving challenges in this digital world, and they have to scale quickly in a way they may have not done before. That’s where hiring freelance talent comes in.

https://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/70-of-employers-plan-to-welcome-freelancers-in-2022

This number is amazing, and a great opportunity for small businesses.

Why?

Think about this…WHY are so many companies using freelancers?

Because there are so many freelancers out there!

About 70 million people in the U.S. freelance. With such a staggering statistic, it’s important for business leaders to start thinking about how to harness the immense talent available to them in the gig economy. 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbusinesscouncil/2022/04/05/the-new-freelancers-tapping-talent-in-the-2022-gig-economy/?sh=547856b164cd

So how does this save you and your small business money?

Right now you are wondering what the benefits are to your small business in hiring a freelancer.

There are loads of reasons.

Today, I am going to outline a few of what I think are the top reason working with a freelancer can save your small business money.

Tapping into freelance talent can save your small business money by eliminating overhead expenses.

Overhead

When I talk about overhead, I’m thinking about providing office space, desk space, any technology needed, office supplies…

All of the things a typical employee would require in order to do the job you have hired them for.

With freelancers, we provide our own, so no ordering all those supplies!

Including the all-important coffee!

Training expenses

Businesses spend millions every year training its employees.

In 2015, large companies spent an average $12.9 million on training. Small companies spent about $350,300, and midsize companies spent about $1.4 million.

http://moneyqanda.com/hiring-a-freelancer/

Freelancers tend to be a constantly evolving breed.

We are always on the lookout for new technology, new training, new anything that we can use to add value to the small businesses we work with.

And because we may be working with several different small businesses, the training topics vary.

So, the training I do for one client may not be relevant to yours. Obviously, you wouldn’t want to or have to pay for that training!

But because I may have done training on a topic for another client, that may benefit you for a task you need accomplished for your business!

I simply write so much every year into my budget for training. And if I need to adjust that, I am perfectly fine with doing so.

My goal is to make sure that I have the skills I need to support my clients!

Remember, we are, ourselves, small business owners…so freelancers find and pay for our own training.

Employee benefits or company benefits

One of the biggest expenses for employers can be benefits.

And there are so many.

You’re looking at health insurance, paid vacation time, retirement plans…the list seems endless.

Especially for small business owners. Not to mention, you need those benefits for yourself!

When you hire a freelancer, we are responsible for providing these benefits for ourselves.

Because, again…we are also small business owners!

40-hour work week

This can be where some small business owners get caught up.

You think if you are hiring someone to do a job, do they not need to be there 40 hours per week?

And you absolutely can do that.

When you hire an employee, you get that 8-hour a day person.

You also take on all of the things we’re talking about here today.

I have talked about this before, but rarely do you have an employee who is working a full 8-hour day.

Tapping into freelance talent helps save your small business money by eliminating overtime pay, overhead and benefits.

You’ve got breaks, lunch and just some lag time between tasks.

Not to mention checking their social media.

When you hire a freelancer, you are only paying them for time they actually work.

Overtime pay

If you decide to go the employee route, and you have extra work that needs completed, what now?

Now you have a choice to make.

Either pay that person for the overtime.

Or

Don’t. But that is going to lead to an unhappy employee, right?

Everyone wants to be paid for the time they put in.

By hiring a freelancer to work with you, you can establish with them the schedule and pay structure that is going to work best for you AND them!

Example

I currently work with a couple clients that we structured our contract for so many hours per month.

When I get close to those hours, I let them know where we stand.

At that point, it is up to them whether I simply finish the tasks they have given me or we go over the allotted hours.

And we have it built into the contract what all of that entails.

Freelancers are a pretty flexible lot

We tend to work with our clients, making adjustments where needed, with the goal of making everybody happy.

And making your job easier.

All right. There you have my coffee-induced thoughts on how tapping into freelance talent can save your small business money.

Now I would love to hear your thoughts.

Do you have some other ideas or ways you can tap into the freelance talent out there?

Pop a comment below!

Or head over to my contact page and we can chat about how working with a freelancer may be right for your small business!

Until next time, stay safe my friends!

How to Boost Your Productivity with Daily Routines

How to Boost Your Productivity with Daily Routines

If you are like me, as a small business owner/entrepreneur, your daily routine is key to your productivity. Today, I am sharing 7 ways to help boost your productivity with daily routines.

Welcome back to GinAdmin. I’m your host, Gina Koran and as always, I’m pleased you chose to spend a few minutes of your busy day with me as I share my coffee-induced thoughts with you. So grab your cup…

Many of the things we do each day to reach our goals can be achieved by creating small routines or daily habits that you perform without even thinking about it each day.

By making your actions routine and, more importantly, a habit, you will find you get more done and not feel like you are always working.

Get Hydrated

Starting off the day hydrated will boost your energy and make it more likely that you get your tasks completed.

Staying hydrated keeps you focused and boosts productivity throughout the day.

Even yours truly, a self-proclaimed coffee addict, I start my day with at least one glass of water. And while I might joke that I drink that glass of water to clean my palate before I start my coffee IV, it is truly to get myself hydrated after a full-night’s sleep.

I also will drink water with my lunch and my evening meal to keep myself hydrated, understanding that staying hydrated keeps me focused and more productive throughout the day.

The great thing about water is that you can spruce it up. Add a slice of lemon. Toss in some fresh mint. Maybe cucumber slices. So many possibilities!

Review Your Schedule

I’ve talked about this before, but each night before bed I write down the most important tasks I need to work on the next morning.

Then first thing (after my glass of water, of course) each morning before I start my day, I glance over my list to get an overview of what I need to do during the day.

Then, I can prioritize each item based on my very colorfully-coded calendar.

If you are looking for some inspiration on time blocking, check out Cindy Bidar’s latest podcast : “How to Use Time Blocking to Get Stuff Done”. Cindy is a master at this!

Create a Morning Routine

Set up a morning routine for your self-care. This is totally personalized to each person, based on your needs.

You can start with a shower, make your bed, get dressed, eat breakfast, etc.

You may also want to add meditation, do some yoga, or maybe even journaling into your morning routine.

Photo credit: Chicago French Press

Those are some of my own routine: drink my glass of water, do my morning stretches for my back, brush my teeth, shower and dress for the day, make the bed.

And finally make my first cup of magic bean water a.k.a. coffee. As my friends at Chicago French Press say: Coffee beans magically turn into a life-changing potion everyday!

Then I head into my office to start my day, starting with that task list!

Monitor Your Nutrition

Another way to become more productive is to eat properly.  As I have said before, I am not a doctor. But I do understand the importance of proper nutrition.

I would love to eat like that 14-year-old girl with her sugar-based cereal again. That sugar high, though will lead to a sugar crash a couple hours later for me, the NOT-14-year-old-girl.

I also know that too much pasta and/or bread make me lethargic.

Talk about unproductive.

You know what foods work best for you – do that.

For me, fruits give me a natural boost. With summer coming (YAY), that will mean early Wednesday morning starts as I head out to the farmer’s market where I grab loads of fruits and veggies to give me that natural boost.

Another trick I found is prepping food in advance to make it easy to stick to whatever plan you come up with.

It also makes for a less stressful meal-planning time each day if you have a super busy day and find yourself short on meal-prep time!

Develop a Positive Mindset

Find ways to look at the positive aspects of your life. When you have a positive mindset or outlook, it tends to strengthen your motivation.

And I get that with everything going on in the world and around you today, that it is sometimes easier said than done to keep a positive mindset.

Developing a positive mindset can help boost productivity.

One of the biggest ways I have found to stay positive is to distance myself from the news.

I have greatly reduced my time on social media. We don’t even watch the evening news, something both my husband and I grew up with with our parents. If you are reading this and you know my Dad, mum’s the word! (Wink)

Now that is not to say that we do not know what is going on in the world. We simply reduce our exposure to it all.

I have to admit, since we stopped watching and reading and listening to the news as much, both our mindsets have become much more positive!

Celebrate Your Victories

When you are successful and accomplish something, find a way to celebrate, no matter how small the victory.

One of my rewards for completing a task is (no surprise) …a fresh cup of coffee. When I am working from my colorful calendar and its time blocks, once I complete a task, I’ll refresh my cup.

This also gives me a chance to get up and stretch my back after sitting through that task so that it doesn’t put a damper on my positive energy.

Find something that motivates you. Something that will give you that motivation to complete a task. Then celebrate your win!

Segment Your Workday

Don’t work all the time. This is especially important if you work for yourself. The work never seems to end.

Set specific hours for your workday. Stick to these hours at least 80 percent of the time.

Keep in mind that being flexible is important. Sometimes working hard is going to be required, but it’s not required every single day.

I am getting better at this. And while I might have a client text me in the evening, if it’s not an emergency, it goes on my task list for the next morning (see how I tied that in from earlier?).

Well, there you have it, Gina’s coffee-induced thoughts on boosting your productivity through daily routines!

If you have some other ideas on boosting productivity or daily routines, drop them in the comments below. I would love to hear yours!

For my fellow small business owners, if you are interested in ways that working with a Freelance Administrator can help put more time in your day and boost your productivity, drop me a message over at www.GinAdmin.com/#contact.

Until next time my friends, stay safe, positive and productive!

5 Ways to Streamline Your Daily Schedule and Increase Efficiency When Working from Home

5 Ways to Streamline Your Daily Schedule and Increase Efficiency When Working from Home

Do you wish you could streamline your schedule and increase your efficiency when working from home? Do you frequently feel like there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you need to do?

Welcome back to GinAdmin where today, me and my sidekicks (my pupper and my always-on-hand cup of coffee) are going to share some ideas that work for me in streamlining my day to work more efficiently.

So, grab your favorite beverage and have a quick read.

As hard as it is, we must do things when we need to.

Otherwise, they don’t get done at all. Or we find ourselves having to do them when we truly don’t have the time TO do them.

Then it seems something else has to be put off.

If you’re like me, when a project has a deadline, it is important to devote all of my undivided attention to it, or it won’t get completed. Time management is a critical aspect of every job – from planning to executing.

I have found that my schedule needs to be structured to support efficiency and productivity to reach my goals.

So, if you’ve ever felt like you need to streamline your daily schedule to work more efficiently, here are some tips are for you:

Check your existing workflows and processes.

Ask yourself these questions:

Are my workflows or processes efficient?

Do certain things take too much time or space to complete?

Are there things you can do to either eliminate steps or streamline your workflow?

Assessing current workflows is essential in improving productivity.

No process is perfect; there’s always room to improve. Ben Mulholland  

https://www.process.st/category/business-processes/

For example, do you need to complete specific tasks in a particular order or time? If so, then building your schedule with the tasks in the order you need to complete them will help you work more efficiently.

If you don’t need to do certain activities in the order you listed them, simply reorder them to streamline your work.

I do this with each task. At the end of every day, I review my current projects and list the priorities for the next day to keep me on track and complete those projects on time.

Rank your processes.

Once you know your current workflows, you can rank them in terms of both the amount of time they take to complete and the extent to which they streamline your typical workflow.

I recommend using a scale of 1 to 5, depending on how time-consuming a process is and how much it changes your routine.

If it takes less than five minutes, you can probably combine it with another task in your workflow.

Turn off your notifications.  

Turning off notifications will help you work more efficiently!

Notifications in apps can be great when you want to receive a notice for something important, but when you’re working tasks, they are simply distractions.

Turn off your notifications and focus only on the task at hand so that you don’t end up losing focus.

The truth is, most notifications can wait.

I put news alerts and messages on hold until later and read them as a reward for finishing my tasks. Then I can sit back with my favorite mug and read them without feeling guilty for taking time away from my important tasks.

Tackle the hard stuff first.

If you are trying to jam in as many tasks as you can, chances are you’re not getting much, if anything done.

Or, you might even be the opposite; you’re spending more of your limited time on busywork that you don’t need to do. To help become more productive, I find that it helps to focus on one task at a time and work on that task until I complete it.

If I find myself multitasking, I try focusing instead for a single 30-minute period, taking a quick break (probably grab another cup of coffee) and get back at it. I talked about multitasking before – you can read that here: How to be more productive this week.

Trying to work on more than one task at a time can cause procrastination, which is a whole new level of anxiety. I will take the time to organize my tasks in order of priority so that the most important projects have the first slot in my schedule.

For instance, I tend to procrastinate on tasks that involve creative work, such as writing, brainstorming, and generating ideas. I find that setting aside 15 minutes a day to write helps me make more progress on that task.

Another trick I use is that I do the things I like to do the least first. Otherwise, I’m just dreading that task while I’m doing other things.

Do your work near an excellent natural source of light.  

Add natural light sources to your work area to help you work more efficiently.

A good source of light not only helps you see better, but it also helps you work better. This tip is handy if you work from home.

Those of us who work from home can become dependent on artificial light, leading to eye strain and fatigue. Working in a well-lit area and taking regular breaks away from your desk helps with this.

Watch your natural lighting, though. I have windows behind and next to me. When I’m going to be on a video call, I have to close the blinds and the curtains on those windows, otherwise the lighting is terrible!

And while some days my cup and I aren’t looking our best, the person on the other end of the video wants to see you as you’re talking to them!

Streamlining your schedule and increasing your efficiency will help you focus on what is important throughout the day. Try to limit the number of distractions you have around you.

Now, remember that you might not need to make a complete overhaul of your schedule. Many times, you can make small changes to greatly improve your overall productivity.

One of the best ways to improve your efficiency…you guessed it! Work with a Freelance Admin. We can help you assess and restructure your processes where needed, structure your schedule, and overall make your life easier!

If you try any of these tips, leave me a comment below and let me know how that works out for you. Or if you have other ideas, feel free to share!

And, of course, if you would like to learn more about how a Freelance Admin can help, contact me ~ we can chat over a cup of…yep, coffee, or whatever you beverage of choice is!

Until next time, stay safe my friends!

10 Habits to Help Improve Mindset

10 Habits to Help Improve Mindset

Changing your mindset can help you grow both personally and professionally in achieving your goals.

But do you know what is the number one factor that determines whether or not someone succeeds at achieving a goal?

Is it genetics? Luck? What about skills or natural talent? Hard work has to be in there somewhere, right?

All of these factors are important, some more so than others, but none hold the number one spot.

So, what is number one?

If you guessed mindset, you are right. Mindset is a better predictor of future success than every other factor you can consider, including working hard and natural talent.

Welcome back to GinAdmin. My name is Gina Koran and I, along with my trusty sidekicks (a.k.a. my cup of joe and my pup) will be your host into this journey of changing your mindset to help you grow both personally and professionally, and achieving your goals.

What is a Growth Mindset?

A growth mindset is where you believe in change and improvement.

You believe that your skills and talents can be improved through hard work, practice, and dedication.

You embrace challenges.

People with a growth mindset set challenges as learning and growth opportunities rather than obstacles standing in their way.

They don’t get easily frustrated by failures and roadblocks; they believe these things are to be expected and are a sign that they need to adjust and try again.

I never see failure as failure, but only as a learning experience.

Tom Hopkins

The success of other people is inspiring to people with a growth mindset. They try to figure out how the other person succeeded and how to imitate them. This increases their own odds of success

You’ve heard the old adage “A leopard cannot change its spots”. Well, yes. But you are not a leopard, you are a human being. And we, as humans CAN change our spots!

Mindset is Changeable

Don’t buy into the myth that mindset is static. Not only CAN it change, but it DOES change throughout your life, whether or not you purposely try to change it.

So if your mindset is changing anyway, why not guide these changes and help them along so that you can grow into the best possible version of yourself?

Now, you’re probably asking yourself “HOW can I make these changes?”.

Well guess what…I have some tips. These tips are actually some habits you can create to help you change your mindset into one of growth!

Changing your mindset takes time and work. There’s no magic that will let you do it overnight.

And, of course, you don’t want to do ALL of these!

Pick the ones you think you can do easily and start there. You can always come back later and start on a new one!

So here we go…

Create a morning ritual to get your day off to a good start.

Move your body ~ it can help improve your mindset and ultimately achieve your goals!

What makes you feel best in the mornings?

What can you do to set yourself up for success every day?

Maybe it is journaling over a cup of coffee or going for a morning run.

Maybe it is taking a few minutes to meditate or stretch before you get in the shower.

It might even be something as simple as making your bed before you leave for work.

Figure out a ritual that works for you and prioritize doing it every day.

If you have been with me for a while, you know that running…yeah, probably not going to happen.

But as the weather gets warmer, I will start going walkabout with the pupper. (AND my cup of coffee!). This gets my blood flowing and sets me up for a good day of good old-fashioned work!

Reflect on your day.

Every night before you go to bed, take a moment to reflect on your day.

What went right?

What didn’t and how can you make it go right tomorrow?

Did you get done what you wanted to do? Why or why not?

What can you do to make sure tomorrow goes well?

I mentioned in a previous article that my best tool is my very colorful calendar.

Every morning before I start my day, I look over my calendar and have a snapshot of what I need to accomplish.

This also helps clear my brain most nights so that I can rest knowing that tomorrow is already laid out for me.

You can read that article here to get more ideas on how I use my calendar: https://ginadmin.com/2022/02/21/how-to-be-more-productive-this-week/ .

Practice gratitude daily.

Find at least one thing you can be grateful for every day. There are ALWAYS some good things in life you can be grateful for.

Stop and be thankful for them every day.

This only takes a few seconds and can be done any time of the day!

Always be working towards a goal

Big or small, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is that you always have a goal you’re striving for that makes you stretch and challenge yourself.

When you reach one goal, move on to another.

If you’re headed to a city you’ve never traveled to before, your journey will be more efficient and effective if you have a detailed road map to guide your travel.

John Boitnott
Entrepreneur contributor
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/342898

Break big goals down into subgoals that will help you see quick progress.

Start journaling

Use prompts to write a journal entry about your mindset 2-3 times a week. Or free write and see what comes out.

You don’t need a fancy journal; a pen and a sheet of paper or a notebook are all you need.

You can write about literally anything – what did you see the crazy barn cats doing on your morning walkabout with the pupper?

What funny story did your kids or your best friend tell you today that gave you a chuckle?

Remember…this is YOUR place to just let the words fly!

Eat healthy foods.

Fueling your body and your mind can help your mindset.

Food is fuel for the body and the mind. What you eat affects how much energy you have, how well you can focus, and your overall mood.

So, a couple disclaimers here.

First, I am NOT a dietitian! I bring this point up because I know that personally, if I eat a lot of carbs, I’m going to be sluggish and not really accomplish much.

That being said, I have a plaque on my desk that reads “I’m a woman of many moods and they all require Chocolate”.

And to quote a friend of mine…”just sayin’”.

The key for me is that I know my body and what it needs to function productively.

Start an exercise habit.

Exercise is good for you in so many ways and has profound, positive effects on your mindset as well.

You don’t need to train for a marathon (shudder). Maybe go for a walk, go swimming, take up yoga or another gentle workout like tai chi, or do anything else that appeals to you.

ANY exercise will help you improve your mindset.

I find that by simply doing some stretches and going walkabout, I’m more energized and my brain just functions better.

Prioritize sleep.

Nothing makes you feel better than a good night’s sleep. And nothing makes you feel worse than a bad one.

Most people today are chronically sleep-deprived. If you want to cultivate a growth mindset, don’t be one of them.

Prioritize getting a good night’s sleep every night.

And again with the disclaimer…I am not a doctor. Do what is best for you, your body and your brain.

Take regular breaks from social media.

Social media is fun and lets you connect with friends, but it has a downside.

It is easy to get drawn into that video of the dog doing tricks, like fetching its owner a beverage. From the neighbor’s fridge.

I have started to set an alarm when I pop into my social media. If I don’t, there I sit…watch videos of things that are keeping me from being productive.

I have also started “saving” posts so I can go back to them in the evening, AFTER my work is done and I am relaxing. Then I can binge dog videos to my heart’s content!

Get your creative on – doing something creative can help improve your mindset!

Do something creative.

Creativity is one of the most necessary, yet often neglected aspects of being a well-round person.

The challenge involved in it will make you grow and improve your mindset.

Aim to do something creative every day, or at least several times a week. Write, color, paint, draw, play a musical instrument -the options are endless.

And there you have the 10 habits I found for changing your mindset to help you grow both personally and professionally, and achieving your goals.

None of these habits are magic. They won’t change your mindset overnight.

What they will do is support you and help you along on your journey. They will motivate you to keep going when things get tough and to feel your best.

That will help you cultivate your growth mindset. It may not be magic, but it sure is helpful!

I would love to hear your ideas on changing your mindset (IF you need to make a change, that is) to a growth mindset.

And if you try any of these ideas, pop back in and let me know how it goes!

The 6 Myths of Working with a Freelance Admin

The 6 Myths of Working with a Freelance Admin

While Freelancing is becoming more popular, especially in today’s almost-post pandemic world, there are still some myths out there about working with a Freelance Admin.

Today, I am sharing my thoughts behind the six most common myths that I have come across.

Welcome back to GinAdmin! I’m Gina Koran and as always, I will be your “hostess with the mostest” coffee! Thanks for coming along on my coffee-fueled journey…let’s jump right into those myths!

Freelancers are only good for one-off projects.

Yes. You certainly can hire a Freelancer for a one-off project, IF that is what you’re looking for.

However, most people who work with a Freelance Admin find that they have knowledge in so many areas that they can turn over more than just a one-time project.

OR, they can use a Freelancer when they DO have a single project that they need help with.

What most business owners find is that by turning over not just everyday tasks, they free up time and energy by hiring a Freelance Admin!

Within the next decade freelance workers will outnumber traditional salaried employees., Adam Heitzman, Co-Founder, Higher Visibility

https://www.inc.com/adam-heitzman/5-myths-about-freelance-work-debunked-once-for-all.html/

Freelancers are just for busy-work

Okay, sure you can pass on that busy work to your Freelancer. But typically, Freelancers have such a wide knowledge base that you will find that, again you can also pass on other, bigger tasks to your Freelance Admin to put some time back into your schedule!

I’m sensing a trend here! (wink)

Freelancers aren’t skilled, otherwise they’d be working a “job” for a big company

Most Freelance Admins come from some type of “corporate” background.

Having been a corporate admin for (way too) many years, I can tell you that having a “job” for a big company is not so much something I want to go back to. I find much more satisfaction in working independently with companies I choose to work with, especially small business owners.  

Why small business owners? Thanks for asking! I love working with small business owners because they are still intimately involved in the daily running of their business. They are still in the trenches, so to speak. They are still passionate about their business.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to sound as if I am speaking poorly of large corporations. It’s just that having been in that world, I simply and personally enjoy and prefer working with small business owners.

On the skill side, Freelancing is so popular right now and there are so many places for Freelancers to gain knowledge that this is a big pile of myth nonsense. Plus, there are so many online communities for Freelancers, that the knowledge-base we have to draw on is truly impressive.

There are many myths of working with a Freelance Admin! Freelance Admins have great work ethic, skills and loyalty to their clients.

Freelancers lack true work ethic

The majority of the Freelancers I personally know work more hours every week than your average employee.

This comes not only from the fact that we take great pride in our work, but very likely – you are not our ONLY client, so we have to schedule our time to make sure we finish the work we’re given.

Plus, we know that if we don’t do the work we’re contracted to do, we can lose that contract. And that’s just bad business.

And because we ourselves are business owners, we tend to put forth the effort it takes to keep the trust of those who have hired us!

Freelancers aren’t employees, so they have no commitment/loyalty to the company

Again, those Freelancers I know take great pride in working with the business owners who put their trust in them to get the job done.

So I simply call hogwash on that myth.

Companies that encourage the use of freelancers will benefit from the increased access to skilled talent and more workforce flexibility, while those that ignore freelancers will inevitably fall behind.

https://www.allworknow.com/debunking-6-common-myths-hiring-freelance-talent/

As a small business owner, I can’t afford to hire a freelancer

This is probably one of the things I hear most from small business owners that I talk to. And yes, when you are first starting out on your business-ownership journey, hiring ANYONE can feel like a huge expense.

There are three major points I share with the small business owners that I approach about working with me.

First, you cannot do all of the things all of the time over a long period of time. You will burn yourself out and start to resent the very business you started. I have watched this happen to many small business owners.

And as a Freelancer, it is painful for me to see this happen when I KNOW I can help them. It is especially painful when they have previously said “No, thanks” when I offered my services.

The second point I make is that by hiring someone to do the background work, it frees them up to focus on building their business. Which is the goal, right? You want to BUILD.

Which feeds into my third point, and that is that once you have built your business with a solid foundation, eventually you’re going to need to hire SOMEONE. That someone is going to require benefits, supplies, office space, breaks, vacation time. All the things that go along with hiring employees.

Plus, that employee will not have first-hand knowledge of the background of your business.

When you hire a Freelance Admin, you are strictly paying for the work they are doing for you, so no benefits, etc. And by working with them when you are starting out, they have first-hand, working knowledge of how you want things done! There is no learning-curve by having to hire an admin later and take the time to walk them through every step.

By busting through the myths of working with a Freelance Admin, small business owners can gain some insight into how they can work smarter, not harder!

So when a small business owner tells me they cannot afford to hire a Freelance Admin, my question is: Can you really afford NOT to work with me?

And there you have it. One woman’s opinion on the 6 biggest myths of working with a Freelance Admin.

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