Just because you have the time doesn’t mean you are the cheapest solution – or the best!
I know I have written about this topic before, but I do think it is important for business owners to be comfortable with outsourcing work they are not expert in to people who are.
We are currently having an extension built which has entailed a complete re-plan of our kitchen (we currently don’t have one).
We started planning last summer and first on the list was finding a good builder. Fortunately, I know a couple of people who have had building work done recently and as luck would have it both had used the same builder – and highly recommended him.
Now Derek (said builder) has been in the trade for many years and knows local surveyors, electricians and plumbers. So he was our one-stop-shop for all the services we needed to engage for the project.
It has been fascinating to watch how he juggles all the jobs needed to get the project completed.
Of course, it has taken quite a bit longer to finish than we had originally thought – mainly because I am very impatient and always think jobs will take much less time than they do.
But this extra time has given us longer to make key decisions about what we actually want. Meaning that the final result will be much better than it would have been had we rushed.
By using a professional who really knows their trade we have been forced to properly plan and take time to do it right.
I think this is true of many jobs.
Sometimes the urge to do a job ourselves that we are neither skilled or equipped to do is overwelming. “I have the time so I might as well give it a go” is the mantra of many DIYers.
The result is often a Heath Robinson job that can remain unfinished when enthusiasm runs out.
I see this all the time in business too. The number of marketing, sales and business plans that are stuffed into drawers unfinished could fill the Albert Hall.
So my message is: if a job is important to you, make sure the job is done by the most appropriate person who will do the best job – and this might not be you.