We’ve all been there, me included. You see something new, your friends are talking about it, your fellow business owners and leaders have one too and they all love it. It is making a big difference to everything they do and they don’t know how they managed without it. They’re happier. They’re more successful. You have to have it. It’s the answer to everything!
Or is it?
Welcome to Designer Handbag Syndrome. Or you may have heard it referred to as Magpie Syndrome. The attraction to all new and shiny objects, software, tech. Even new team members.
The entrepreneurial world today is moving so fast. There are, what feels like, constant developments in how to work, endless blog posts on how to write a to do list, how to be the most productive, what we should all be using to make our businesses (and us) run smoothly, and that’s not to mention getting up at 5am everyday too.
It’s easy to have a knee jerk reaction to wanting everything you read about, hear about, thinking that you have found the platform, the way that will make everything easier. The hack that will work for you.
I’m going to add hiring team members too. Why? Do I think building a team is hack? No. A quick win then to make everything work better? No to the quick win part, yes to the making things work better part.
In the same way that you should be really thinking about the tools you use to help you run your business, you should also be thinking about whether you actually need a team.
You may know many people who are either building a team or have established one and they now don’t know where they would be without them, but they’re not you. Just as you may know many people using, say, Infusionsoft, but that may not be you either.
I hear a lot that a VA is the answer to business owners and leaders prayers, and in many cases they are. But they’re not for everyone or every business. Just like having your own in-house marketer may not be right for you. It’s not a ‘one team fits every business’ approach, and it’s really important you take a proper assessment of your business to see if you do need a team and who you need. As sticking plasters to cover other areas that aren’t working in your business, teams don’t stay on that long!
Is it really a team you need?
Here are some key questions to ask yourself before you jump in to hiring a team:
- What are you struggling to keep up with in your business? Make a list of everything.
- Out of the list you have just made, what have you already tried to help you?
- What are your options to get done what you need to?
- Do you need someone else to help you, or do you just need to make changes to how you work?
- What do you need (rather than your business) as a business owner or leader?
- Have you time and the want to make changes so you and your business can work better?
Depending on your answers to the above, you should get a good idea of whether a team can help you, and what roles specifically you need to be focussing on.
I get that you need help, but just like anything, you need to be sure that it will work for you. Teams bring a wealth of expertise and have a hugely positive impact on those they work with, and I personally love being part of seeing businesses and the people in them feel more in control, less overwhelmed, and see their business grow because of the extra space they have.
But just like a Burberry handbag, or a Tory Burch dress, it doesn’t suit everyone. And that’s OK.
If you are thinking about working with a team but are not sure if you or your business are ready, then I would love to help you work that out. No strings and no sales. Promise. As a business owner too, we’re in the same boat and I get that it’s beyond messy sometimes. But it needn’t be. I can also help you get to the bottom of what you really need change to make a difference.
Why not say hello and let’s see what would make a difference?