How to get help without expanding

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I’m a one-woman show. I’m happy on my own. I don’t want to run a website design studio. I like it this way! And I want to stay this way.

This mindset has made me resistant to getting help. But the reality is, I need help!

See, I have less of a problem asking for help when it comes to things I’m not an expert at—like copywriting and marketing. Sure, I could do these things without help, but they come out much better (and actually happen) with help. I use developers when something is way too complicated for me or I don’t have time to figure it out. This kind of help seemed justifiable to me. I even promoted getting help in this blog post: You don’t have to do everything. It’s okay to ask for help.

But when it comes to getting help with stuff I actually do—like website design or development updates—getting help seemed ridiculous. This is what I do. I should be doing it.

Until I reached a breaking point of sorts—which forced me to rethink this mindset.

My business model changed slightly when I added WordPress maintenance packages to my services. More clients needed support, and they expected it in a timely manner. My clients shouldn’t have to wait months for a small update, right? Yet that is what started happening because I had other commitments lined up.

While it’s great to work on projects and sites I built a while ago—when my schedule gets full—my priority must be designing and developing new projects. New website builds are my favorite part. The part that needs me most.

So how did I justify getting help from someone who does what I do? Sanity. And timing.

I don’t enjoy managing people. However, I do like getting stuff done. I like getting things done for my clients in a timely manner. And I don’t like working all night in order to do so. When it comes down to it, I’d rather manage projects than make clients wait.

Now when I’m busy, I have freelancers who are helping me get updates done quickly.

I’m still overseeing. I’m making sure the work is done exactly how I want. But in not actually having to do it all myself, things are getting done more efficiently (and you know I’m a fan of that)!

How did I find these folks? Check out being on the receiving end of marketing.

About Jill Anderson

Hi, I’m Jill, a WordPress WordPress designer/developer who partners with talented designers, copywriters, and agencies on their websites, and their client’s sites. I’m passionate about crafting beautiful and innovative WordPress websites focused on clear positioning and positive user experiences. Get my free report, Get Your Website Done: 12 Actionable Steps for Designers, and check out my Client Onboarding Toolkit, a simple 4-step digital course for converting prospects into a paying clients.


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