Outsource What You Don’t Like Doing
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00:29 David Blackmon: Hey everybody, welcome to another episode of WP the Podcast, brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon.
00:36 Tim Strifler: And I’m Tim Strifler.
00:38 David Blackmon: Today we’re going to talk about outsourcing what you don’t like doing. We’re not only going to talk about business. We’re going to even cover some of the personal stuff, because guess what I did this week? I hired a maid, ’cause I hate cleaning and this is how this topic kind of came to be.
00:59 Tim Strifler: Yeah, David was telling me that and I was saying, “Yeah, no, I get it. I want to do the same thing. Outsource what you don’t like doing.” He’s like, “There’s the topic.” It just totally fit because it totally applies to business too. We talk about outsource, we talk about hiring contractors, team members, growing your team and scaling and all of that. Typically you start with the things that you either don’t like doing or you’re not good at doing, and then you kind of go from there.
01:31 Tim Strifler: David, I hope you don’t mind me sharing this, but David was talking to me about hiring someone to do some of the marketing stuff, which I know David’s passionate about, but he’s at the point in his business where it’s not just not what he doesn’t like doing, but also what he has time for.
01:48 David Blackmon: Yeah, absolutely. Yeah, so if you’re a kick-ass online marketer of digital products, ping me. Maybe we can do some business and stuff. I’ve never thought about using our podcast as a resource to find good quality people, but … Yeah, absolutely. I mean, there was a Facebook thread in one of the groups that I am a part of. Obviously, if you’ve listened to this podcast, you know that for three and a half years, my wife and I were digital nomads and I’m very passionate and very involved in the RV community. There is a thriving full-time RV community out there and I absolutely love it. One of the communities is the RV Entrepreneur Community that my good friend Heath [Padget 00:02:34] and his wife Alyssa started a few years ago. He has a podcast. It’s awesome, go check it out. The RV Entrepreneur. Hey man, if you’re a business owner and an entrepreneur, check it out.
02:45 David Blackmon: But, there was a post in the RV Entrepreneur Summit 2019 group, ’cause I’ll be attending that in a couple of weeks, and one person was commenting about how they were young and they made this decision to take their lives on the road. They could do it with their work and stuff, but they were having an issue with financing an RV, because banks see this as a … not a necessity like a home. They see it as a … What’s the word I’m looking for, Tim? It’s a fun thing, it’s not a necessity. There’s a term for it, my brain’s just blank.
03:32 Tim Strifler: A luxury item?
03:32 David Blackmon: They wanted to know … Yeah, luxury item, thank you very much. My brain was dead. So, they needed to increase their revenue quickly, you know? I never get to respond to this thread, but I really wanted to because I wanted to tell them, because they were a WordPress web developer and they had all of these things that they were doing and they were a solopreneur, and I know what that was like five years ago when I started. It was … I did the SEO, I did the site build, I did the design, I did the … She had all of these lists of things that so could do and it was obvious to me immediately, how she could grow her revenue quickly so that they could pay cash for an RV, and it was outsourcing some of this stuff.
04:36 David Blackmon: It may even not be what you like doing, but definitely outsource the stuff that you don’t like doing. I learned quickly by accident, because I wanted to just try somebody out because I was going on vacation and I wanted to see how it would work out. When I hired the first person and I could double my work immediately, with that meant I could take on more work. It was like, you know, outsourcing some … I know this topic is about outsourcing what you don’t like doing, but outsource period. But definitely, outsource the stuff you don’t like doing.
05:02 Tim Strifler: Yeah, no, I love that. For me, my story with outsourcing was it started, I think it was about 2013 and I was outsourcing what I couldn’t do. So, it was development stuff that was beyond my skill set, so I was outsourcing what I couldn’t do. Then I think it can naturally progress to outsource what you don’t like doing and I think that’s really important because the things that you don’t like doing are the things that you … there’s a good chance you’re not going to do that well. You’re not passionate about it, you’re not going to be able to really get excited about it and excel at it. And it’s also, for me at least, the things I don’t like doing are the things I procrastinate doing. Then that can end up hurting your business too. For example, I don’t like having to do … In my product business I’m an affiliate program and affiliates send me traffic and they get commission. Well, it’s a lot of work to go in and verify that all the affiliate sales are legit and do all the payments and stuff like that. So, I’m at the part where I want to outsource that because it’s to the point where I’m not paying affiliates on time like I used to because I just have so much going on and … Yeah, it’s just something that I need to outsource.
06:21 Tim Strifler: I want to talk, too, a little bit about the personal side of things ’cause David mentioned in the beginning, it’s not just business, but also personal. I think it all kind of ties back to business because if you’re a entrepreneur, you’re either a solopreneur or you have a team and partners and so forth. Your time is extremely valuable and so if there’s things on the personal side of things that take up your time, it’s going to do one of two things. It’s either going to take away time from your work, or it’s going to take away time from your relaxing and enjoying that time and stuff like that, which is also very crucial and it’s going to come back to the business side of things too. If you’re not happy and well-rested and all of that. It’s going to affect your business.
07:04 Tim Strifler: For me, what that looks like is when I move, I’m going to be moving to a new house soon. Right away, I’m going to have a landscaper take care of the lawn and all of that because at my current house, I was trying to do it myself. Again, I didn’t like doing it. I procrastinated. A lawn got out of control. Get HOA fines and it’s just an ugly situation. I think outsource what you don’t like doing can be really applied to business and personal as well.
07:31 David Blackmon: We started this out with, “I hired a maid.” And that’s because I hate cleaning. I’m good at it, yeah, but I absolutely hate it, so I turned it over to my teenage son and he’s terrible at it. I hate it, he sucks at it. So, to me you might as well not even do it if you’re not going to do it right. So, I hired a maid and you know what? I’m outsourcing that. Yeah, all right. Tomorrow we’ve got another great topic. You’re going to have this one … this one’s a pretty good one too. Tim and my’s screw-ups for this year so far. So if you want to know what we royally botched so far in 2019 as the first quarter slowly comes to a close, come take a listen to episode 478 tomorrow. Tim?
08:30 Tim Strifler: Til tomorrow.
08:31 David Blackmon: We’ll see you then. Take care, bye-bye.
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