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Outsourcing tasks: Charlie’s an angel

Just imagine someone who takes away all the niggling chores that get in the way of success and prosperity. Meet Charlie. We hope to soon and here’s how we’re doing it.

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At FSHQ we’ve long been advocates of simplifying and outsourcing tasks and have enjoyed the wonderful support of Jayne, Lisa and Fiona for a fair while. Lately however, we’ve realised we need to enlist even more support and, shock horror, maybe even employ someone!

This is a familiar scenario for many tight little ships, but from what I see it can cause more angst than it ought.

Just last week I was talking to a business owner about her need to get more help and her reaction was the classic ‘I don’t think I can afford it yet’.

Twenty minutes later, having pictured a world where most of the admin had been delegated; where key weekly activities had been scheduled and planned, her tune had changed to ‘I can’t afford not to do it!’

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And so it is with us. In a little over a week we’ve filled a couple of pages with tasks we’d like to get off our respective desks and the mythical Charlie is starting to take shape and prove his or her value to our business.

"Just last week I was talking to a business owner about her need to get more help and her reaction was the classic ‘I don’t think I can afford it yet’."

My top tip for anyone edging towards this situation, or considering taking even the smallest step towards outsourcing tasks, is to start with a brain dump of tasks.

Just get them all down on paper, no matter how diverse or obscure, and before long a profile of your ideal person or solution will smile back at you.

Charlie is still taking shape for us and it’s definitely the shape of good things to come.

What are your experiences? If you’ve ideas on outsourcing tasks to share, let us have it.

Robert Gerrish

is the founder of Flying Solo and helps soloists stay upbeat and energised. He’s recently published The 1-Minute Commute, is a presenter and facilitator and works one-on-one with those needing a refresh. Find out more about his skills and services and his Olympus Trip 35 camera side hustle or connect on LinkedIn.

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