Have you ever felt this way?
It`s bedtime and you are so tired that you can barely walk…
To be quite honest, you are so exhausted that you can barely talk.
If a radio show host called you and asked you the dead simple one million dollar question…
“What is your full name?”
You would start mumbling something that would sound like a newly discovered language in The Lord Of The Rings.
But that is NOT the WORST part…
When you are about to brush your teeth, you avoid looking in the mirror.
Because you are too embarrassed…
and you feel like a total failure…
Because other bloggers, entrepreneurs and small business owners are crushing it, but you can`t seem to crack the code.
You feel like you are running on a treadmill that won`t stop. No matter how fast you run, you seem to not move an inch.
If you can relate, it`s totally okay.
I`ve been there too.
Let me show you the 5 simple hockey lessons that will save time in your business (and increase profits)
1. You don`t need to do it alone
Running a business is like playing a hockey match, you play together with your team mates and make each other good on the ice.
Have you ever seen a hockey match where there is ONLY 1 player on one team and the other team has 6 players (including the goalkeeper)?
No, you probably haven’t.
Because that would be crazy, right?
That would be like putting one player to cover all the positions on the ice; the goalkeeper, two defensemen, the right wing, the center and the left wing.
You want to hear something funny?
That is probably EXACTLY HOW you are running YOUR business.
You might even have started to recruit a few other players on your team, but most likely you don`t have a full team yet.
You might say: “Yeah, I get it, Tor, but it`s only me. I don`t have a team.”
That is completely okay.
Before you can put together a team, it`s a good idea to first…
2. Identify your position
“It’s all about finding and hiring people smarter than you.” – Richard Branson
The big challenges for entrepreneurs are that they are often wearing too many hats, and they want to do everything themselves.
They are also often control freaks…
Yeah, this applies to me as well.
So before you can start to hire help, you should first identify your strongest skills.
Depending on your most awesome skills, you can then hire people in the other areas.
Here is an example of the lineup for your business in a true hockey spirit:
The specific problem that your product / service solves for a specific group of people (and that they are willing to pay for).
Marketing / sales
This reason why successful people become even more successful, is that the more successful they become, the more money they are able to invest in GREAT team mates.
That is also why the richest sports clubs have the financial power to buy the best (and most expensive) players.
So the more money you have, the more qualified help will you be able to buy.
Have you identified your position(s)?
Great, then it`s time to…
3. Pick your team
In the start it would be a good way to start with temporarily help on a need-to-get-done basis.
For your own sake, please do not hire full-time employers before you have the financial results to justify such an investment.
It`s a good move to visit the following websites for assistance for a cheap price:
Upwork.com (formerly know as Odesk)
Remember that any service can be hired.
You just need to focus on doing the activities where you are the BEST and where you will bring in the most money / value for your business.
The clue is to let every player on your team play in the position that they are best suited for.
That will make sure that you have a good team and that your business will get the biggest return on investment (ROI) per team member.
Okay, we got the team part covered, right?
Let`s take a quick look at how to…
4. Manage your team
Once you have a team, it`s important that you have a platform to communicate with your team.
This can save you a HUGE amount of hours.
What`s the point with a team, if you can`t communicate with each other in an efficient way?
Here are some suggestions for tools / systems to better collaborate with your team and manage your staff:
Then over to an strategic activity that TRULY can save you a lot of time…
5. Get a coach
The reason why the best sports people have a great coach is to SAVE TIME, so they can focus on what they are best at.
That is why their team consists of a nutritionist, physician, fitness coach, mental coach, coach in their respected field, financial advisor, marketing advisor, lawyers, etc.
Because top athletes get big results and big money…
and they ARE their own business.
That is why you should spend you time to focus on which areas you need coaching in, so you can take your business to the next level.
When it comes to blogging, here are my blogging mentors:
Yaro Starak – Entrepreneurs Journey
Jon Morrow – Boost Blog Traffic
Sue Anne Dunlevie – Successful Blogging
By the way, I am now starting to officially offer time management coaching.
If want to learn how to work smarter, not harder, so you can take your business to the next level, check it out.
I only take on a few clients, so first come, first served.
Now you have some good tips on how to be able to manage and leverage your time.
Go out there, and start creating more time and profits in your business.
Here`s What To Do Next…
Do you outsource or hire external help? What type of services do you buy?
If you have any good suggestions on where to hire help for a nice price, let me know and I will update the list.
I help online entrepreneurs NETWORK with influencers and position their BRAND so they can attract the right CLIENTS fast. Award-winning blogger.