As a female entrepreneur, I’m sure you have been conditioned to work hard and do everything on your own. Especially when you’re starting out and you want to cut on costs. But as your business grows and your tasks multiply, you’re probably asking yourself: “Do I need a team, or do I just need to work harder?”
Working harder is not a bad thing. It’s important in any business. But as you put in more and more hours, you’re gradually building yourself up for burnout. According to an article by the Harvard Business Review, overwork is a story of diminishing returns. The more you overwork, the more careless you become with tasks that become increasingly meaningless as well. My point is this: don’t spread yourself too thin. I know you wear many hats as a woman, but when it comes to being a female entrepreneur, you only need one—being a leader.
This is why, as a business coach for female entrepreneurs, I recommend that you build a team that will increase your productivity. Instead of spending your time organizing files, scheduling, bookkeeping, and other admin tasks, you get to focus on your core business. You also get to work on your financial targets and long-term plans. In other words, you free up your time to do tasks that only you can do.
A reduced workload isn’t the only advantage of having a team. Your team members can also participate in planning, problem-solving, and decision-making. This collaboration can make way for a dynamic exchange of ideas and creative ways of doing things. After all, brainstorming is only possible when you don’t do it alone. In the next sections, I will explain how to build a strong team at work and what you need to look for.
When I say the right team members, I don’t just mean qualified team members. When you first start hiring, you may be tempted to hire anyone who has the general skills you are looking for. But you must remember that every business has specific and unique needs. And you need a team member that will particularly fit yours.
With so many talented and hardworking candidates out there, how can you find the perfect one? Here are a few tips you can consider on your search:
The most important part of teamwork is cohesion. If you don’t click with them, even when they are exceptionally skilled, they will not be able to contribute meaningfully to the growth of your business.
In this day and age, finding possible hires is not just limited to referrals and walk-ins. In fact, in the wake of this pandemic, these are almost impossible. However, female entrepreneurs can actually benefit by learning how to build strong teams remotely. Not only will hiring remotely can help you save money, but it will also let you hire members based on their talent and not just proximity.
If you’re looking to hire team members on a remote-work basis, here are a few platforms where you can search:
There are also many other websites and agencies that can help you outsource. As a business coach for female entrepreneurs, I can also help you outsource with confidence and ease. You can take my free webinar series here.
Having the right team to support you in achieving your goals will help you scale and grow your business quicker and easier. I know that having the money to pay your staff may not come easy. But it comes down to a choice. Do you save money and waste your time? Or do you invest on the right people who can make you more productive in the long run?
If you need help outsourcing or overcoming burnout, I’ve written many other articles on my blog that can help you with your struggles as a female entrepreneur.
If you’re a female entrepreneur looking for extra knowledge and expertise, look for a good business coach for women because there are many out there who never even had their own business. This advice could make or break your business.
How do you know if someone is a good business coach for women?
Check out this article about the 20 questions you should ask a business coach for female entrepreneurs.
My name is Tineke Rensen and I am a business coach for women. I host monthly masterclasses about various business topics.
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Tineke Rensen of Powerful Business Academy has been in business for 31 years. She built an international Outdoor and Survival business from scratch and sold it after 22 years.
Tineke was also a national whitewater kayaking champion.
She now is one of the most all-round business accelerators and mentors you can find. She helps businesswomen to “Scale & Grow, Make More Impact And Work Less.” There are very few topics she cannot help you with in your business. Many people find this hard to believe, but hey, how much do you think you know about scaling businesses if you live it day and night for 31 years?