We entrepreneurs are independent people.
Hell, our desire to call the shots and do things our way is what motivated us to leave our corporate cushions anyway. Well that, and we knew we could make a ton more money on our own.
But as much as we’re willing to bet on ourselves, at some point we realize that we can’t do it all on our own.
Maybe your client work is starting to become a little too demanding. Maybe you’re missing emails because you barely have time to check them. Maybe you’ve been continually putting off vacation after vacation because stepping away from your business sounds scary.
I’ve been there. We’ve all been there. And the good news is that these moments of “how the HECK am I going to keep doing this” is a sign that you’re growing and you’re on the right track.
When you find the edge of your tipping point, most of us tend to stay there a little longer than we should. We don’t like admitting that we’re struggling or we convince ourselves that hiring someone isn’t worth it and we can do it on our own.
If you haven’t come down off the mountaintop of entrepreneurial pride yet, don’t worry. You’ll get there. And if still, you’re not sure if you need to hire someone to help, here are three signs to look out for:
1. Things are slipping through the cracks.
Whether it’s last Tuesday’s emails or a new client project due tomorrow that you totally forgot about, you’re not keeping it together like you usually do. Why? Because the workload has become too much for any one person to handle.
2. There’s no separation between work time and personal time.
You eat basically every meal at your desk and you can’t go five minutes without checking your email. If there is no downtime happening that means your business has all but taken over your life.
3. Everything is on hold.
Vacations, big work projects, dentist appointments, even buying a new coffee maker have all been placed on the backburner indefinitely. Work comes first, which is great when you’re starting a business. The problem is that work never seems to end.
I’ve seen solopreneur after solopreneur struggle with the idea of handing a piece of their business over to someone else. And I’ll tell you what I always tell them: every business owner has help.
Even the ones who love to act like they don’t on Instagram.
Running a business is hard and to be the true CEO of your company, you need the time, space and reasonable workload to think creatively and manage your bigger vision. We all need a few helping hands to do that.
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