If you’re wondering where I’ve been –
I’ve had a really hard time keeping up with everything. Truth be told, I wish I could post on this blog every day. I have no lack of lists of things I would like to post about, and I have none of that “difficulty coming up with ideas on what to write about” that some bloggers run into. I might have that problem with some other blogs, but not this one.
The real problem has been simply making the time to keep up with everything. So at one point, several weeks back, I decided to take a step back, take a deep breath, and look. And, lo and behold, what did I find? I was swamped. Oh really? Okay, I admit that was already obvious.
But to put it more precisely, I was doing to much grunt work. I was performing too many routine tasks which could have been done by others, even if I didn’t realize it until I forced myself.
There are only 24 hours a day, and only one me, and only one you.
Even if you and I were to spend 23 hours per day at our computer, lets face the truth – as Internet Marketers, once we have a few projects going, 23 hours a day will never be enough. There will always be incomplete projects, neglected websites, photos to upload, friend requests, unanswered blog comments, unwritten blog posts, un-submitted articles, and at least a hundred other unhandled details, projects, and tasks.
That is, as long as we continue trying to do it all ourselves.
I am often reminded of a woman who has too many children. I can never give any one of them the attention they deserve – Let alone all of them. Not by myself, that is!
So, where have I been all this time? Right here at my computer, actually. What have I been doing? For one thing, my freelance work. For another, my photography course (I have to turn in my last lessons this month and then it will be done! 😀 )
But, possibly even more important (if anything could be more important than photography), I have been working on building up my team of assistants and other “back-up resources” – which means, people and agencies who can be called upon in the hour of need.
Slowly but surely, I am researching, assigning, delegating, apprenticing, instructing and correcting new assistants. I do not have a huge team of full-time personnel. I have a few part time assistants, one full time assistant, and a few others I know I can call on if and when the need arises.
And needless to say I have become more familiar with freelancing websites such as RentACoder, Odesk, and Scriptlance. I have not tried every one of these websites yet but I try to become familiar with one before I move on to testing new territory.
Currently, Odesk is a definite favorite. It is particularly good for finding freelancers for ongoing projects or projects of uncertain duration. Work can be billed on an hourly basis, and you generally set a maximum number of hours that can be done per week, so as to maintain a budget.
There is an astounding number of trained and experienced freelancers to be found on Odesk, and the costs are surprisingly low. If you are on a tight budget and you are willing to experiment a bit, you can probably find a skilled assistant at a low price by looking for people who have little experience and feedback on Odesk. They will often do work at very low prices while they build up their portfolio and ratings. You can find assistants to help you with just about anything – writing, graphics, web design, virtual assistant tasks, typing, Photoshop, link building …
The only thing that really frustrates me about Odesk is that the website can be difficult to navigate, and that takes some getting used to.
Okay – I actually didn’t start this post with the intention of promoting Odesk but there it is. My main purpose was to add at least an update on where I am and what I’ve been doing, because I haven’t posted in a while. I can’t say for sure when will be the next time I post again – I might start posting 3 times a day starting tomorrow, or it could be three months before you see me again 🙂 But I do have a couple of short video posts which I am hoping to put up within the next week or so.
In the meanwhile, that’s what I’m working on. Outsourcing, grooving my assistants in, delegating additional tasks almost every day, catching up on old incomplete projects, rearranging my schedule within reality, and generally streamlining my business model.
As a result, I am hoping that I will eventually either have more time to work on those projects which I can not outsource (like, exercising 😀 And posting on this blog!), or at the very least, get more done on my other projects.
Or even better, both.
And, who knows, maybe I will even be able to switch to a more moderate work schedule (like 10 hours a day instead of 19?) so as to be able to do more “offline stuff.” Such as … “offline socializing?” Or minimally, taking more pictures!
Technorati Claim Code: 2SCFWXK2XEU3