September generally means back to school. Whether you’re homeschooling or your kids go off to school during the day, those first few weeks can be stressful.
Movies and magazines might have you believing that the first week back to school is great for parents who need to get stuff done during the day. Who are they kidding? It’s a week filled with paperwork signing, sports physicals, applications, shopping for additional supplies like extra flash drives and fancy calculators for geometry and searching the city for the last pad of graph paper, not to mention the registration for activities, clubs, sports, picking up band instruments and football equipment. And if you’re homeschooling then you have new curriculum to plan out, worksheets to print off, supplies to get, paperwork with the state, and a bunch more to-dos on your list. By Friday you’re wishing it was summer again and not just the weekend.
It’s no surprise to me that September is when a lot of the outsourcing happens in online businesses. I’ve been doing freelance work online for 10 years now and September through mid-October is almost always my busiest time of the year for me. Not only is it back to school time, but it’s also when people are organizing projects and marketing efforts to be done before the big holidays at the end of the year. Huge end of year goal pushing is happening in this quarter of the year too.
On one side of the coin, if you’re a freelancer this can be a great time to pick up some extra work or take on new clients. Of course that means you are going to be extra busy too. On the other side of the coin, you might be looking to outsource a bit of your own workload. So let me tell you a virtual assistant secret. Even virtual assistants have virtual assistants – we know more heads are better than one and having a team of people working together will get the job done. We network, we team up, we get things done so we finish in time to attend back to school night. It’s pretty darn awesome.
So what can you outsource this month to save yourself some time during this busy back to school month?
My suggestion is to think about the things that are not your favorite things to do, the things that take you the longest, the things that you will procrastinate on and put off because you just don’t like doing them. Those are the things to outsource.
Struggling with customer service? That’s an easy enough thing to outsource. Let your VA put out the email fires and monitor your customer help desk.
Need marketing materials put together but don’t want to spend days fiddling with fonts and graphics? A VA can knock that out of the park in a few hours.
Need some new articles or blog posts but don’t have time to sit down and write? A freelance writer or virtual assistant can write those up no problem.
There are hundreds of things that you can outsource. The best feeling is when you find someone who has a strength in the little things that make your day feel long. Then you’re both done with work early, your project is a success, everyone gets paid and the to-do list is checked off.
If you have questions about outsourcing or working with virtual assistants – drop a note in the comments section and let’s talk about it.