If you give a man enough time, he can do anything.
I come back to those words every time I start a project solo. I think, like many other entrepreneurs, “I can do it all and control the quality and keep the budget low!”
Unfortunately this thought process tends to hurt you in the long run. Time is money and when you spend too much time on one facet, you:
1) get burned out fast and end up with tons of half-finished ideas
2) overall quality lacks and you never meet your deadlines
3) You spend, on average, over 8x the amount of overall time (Time is your most valuable non-renewable resource)
4) Won’t get the desired results at the speed you need
So what does this have to do with commercial crab fishing in Alaska? Learning the importance of team work.
I’m on a boat, mother f#$ker!
There are a lot of similarities identified and skills that can help you be successful and grow your business.
First, identify a time line. How much time do you have and how much is your time worth?
Next ask, what is the potential gain of doing it yourself? What do you lose if you miss your deadline?
Prepare yourself and your team. Get your tools together and spend the time up front to find the people you want with you. It will save you gobs of time in the end!
You are your team, so playing god will only hurt you. Know that your crew, your team, will be looking to you for direction but trust them with their work. You don’t need to micro manage everything!
I guarantee, it is possible for a single person to pilot a boat into the Bering Sea and haul up crab all by himself. Does it make sense to do that? No, that’s why we don’t. The same applies to business that grows.
It’s true, you can do it by yourself. Will you spend more money? Yes. Will your health be affected? Yes. Will your quality lack? Yes.
It takes a leader to delegate and see the vision. Even if you can do every job better than everyone else, there is only one of you, and you have limited time.
A helping hand
Want to know what I use to manage people and projects?
For project management and job delegation, I use Freedcamp. Freedcamp is basically a free version of Basecamp, which is the #1 used project management software in the world. Freedcamp lets you manage projects and delegate tasks to people in your groups, among a lot of other cool features. I love it and use it all the time, the best part is, it’s free!
If you are looking for help in a specialized area, whether programming, graphic design, etc. There is no better place I’ve found than Elance. If you find one, let me know! Before you hire anyone off of Elance, make sure to check their previous work and get some references.
For doing more general tasks, you can use virtual assistants. Virtual assistants are usually people overseas in firms that are designed to remotely assist you, just like any other assistant. They can do research, write keynotes, presentations, the list goes on! The price can be very reasonable, some less that $5 USD an hour with professional results. I recommend checking out Odesk and virtualstafffinder.com
I also use Gmail and Google calendar to sync our schedule to our phone. That way if a meeting date is made or a deadline is created, my assistant inputs it into the calendar and magically it appears on everyone’s devices.
What I tell our team in Alaska every season; we all met up on a frozen rock in the middle of the sea for a single purpose. We are now a single unit, a specialized team, and we must work together as so to complete the coming tasks.
Do you have any tips that help you manage projects?