“Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” -Mattie Stepanek
Now that you know the benefits of obtaining help, it’s time to start building your support team to help boost productivity. It’s your passion, your vision of your life and your goals but you might not have the skills or even the desire to do everything. Instead, you want to build a support team that works for you and your vision.
You can effectively build a support team, in many ways.
- Assess your strengths and weaknesses so you know what you need help with.
- Look at the parts of your business, personal and professional that need more help. Maybe its in the accounting area or customer service in your business is lacking. Maybe its your home that needs help, like repairing and painting.
- Find people who believe in your vision and are professional. Search for people who are willing to contribute and commit.
- Look for people who have the skills you need. You might need customer service people, marketers, technical designers, lawyers, managers or something else. It’s important to know what the specific roles you need filled are and the skills needed for them.
- Seek out people that are knowledgeable in their field and don’t need much training from you. This makes assigning work easier and more effective.
Filling your support team roles can be financially impossible right now but still possible by using alternatives to hiring employees. If you are ready for employees, however, begin by building your support team with people who have broad skillsets.
Other ways to build your support team include:
- Outsourcing is different from hiring someone to work solely for you. Freelance contractors own their own businesses. They frequently offer specific, specialized services. Once you hire an independent contractor, you won’t be there every step of the process as they work on your task. Instead, they take complete control over completing the task and delivering it. You only provide the info and access needed for the job.
- Free up your time for more productive tasks. Hire a housekeeper to come in once week or so. Hire someone to do your landscaping. If you need home repairs but are reluctant to do it yourself, hire a contractor to take over the job.
- Collaborate with others. Collaboration involves two or more people working together towards a shared goal. You work together to complete the project. You make decisions together and brainstorm ideas. You build a team by having others you can go to when you need help coming up with a project or how to complete a project.
- Trading services/time is a way to save time and money while building your team. Let’s say you need some graphics created for your new ebook. You don’t have the time or skills to do it yourself. However, you are a great writer. You can trade your writing skills with a graphic designer who needs some web copy written. Later on, you can work with this person again on other projects.
Building your support team isn’t just about hiring employees. It includes outsourcing to others who have the skills to do specific tasks, collaborating with others on projects, hiring someone for something specific or trading services with others.