As two busy creators with side projects and full time jobs we have recently needed a little extra help, which we have found in the form of outsourcing work we previously did ourselves. This can be difficult to do as a creator because you might have the skills to do the work yourself, but not the time. In this episode we talk about when to outsource work, how to choose the right person and developing a productive workflow.
Can you still call yourself a creator if you haven’t touched every frame, every pixel or every post? Yes, you can. It is your creative vision that brought the project to life and remember, if you had the time or the inclination to do this piece of work yourself, you could.
If you’re unsure of what to outsource, consider the tasks that you dislike the most. Each time it comes to doing these particular tasks, you dread it. You often think about what else you could do with your time if you didn’t have to do this first. Outsource the tasks that you don’t enjoy, so you can spend your time on the things you do enjoy.
Before you hire anyone, find out about their process. Consider different whether their location and time zone will impact your work. Discuss a way of working that will work for both of you. Deciding on systems and software is relatively straight forward, creative stuff might take a bit more back and forth. Be patient as the person you are hiring learns your style, you will reap the benefits once their work begins to free up your time to do what you love - create.
01.18 – Catch up
04.31 – Hiring help for Instagram
11.25 – Why hire help
16.03 – Communicating tasks
20.42 – Outsourcing emails
24.36 – How to know you have the right person