Hi guys! It’s Sophie here from Resource Worldwide. I just wanted to share with you today something that happened earlier this morning that has inspired this week’s blog. It explains a little bit about my story, and why outsourcing became so important to me, and why now outsourcing correctly is one of the most important things that you could ever do in your business and your life. 

I am going to put that into context with an actual thing that happened to me earlier on today. About 10 years ago, I first heard about outsourcing when I was reading Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Work Week. I talk about it all the time. If you haven’t yet read it, I highly recommend it. He talks about the concept of leveraging your time with outsourcing tasks and things to other people that they could do, so you are able to just do the things that matter the most and that really only you could do, which obviously then meant you would have a lot of free time to fill with whatever activities you please.

In his case, he got a black belt in karate. I just spend my time being a good mum and spend time with friends that I potentially would have needed to have spent in my business had I not really gotten my outsourcing down. I had a really good example of that happening this morning, where my son who is three, George, did not want to go to nursery, and we woke up a little later. We rely on him to be our alarm clock, and he slept in this morning. 

Normally, he is up at half six, and he did not wake up till eight o’clock this morning. So, when we woke up, we were flustered. Dan, my husband, said that he needed to get into the warehouse because we have staff who start at nine, so we needed to get there before them. We also needed to get George to nursery, and it was the same day when I was coming into the warehouse as well. 

We started to try and rush George, and it just got really stressful. George got really upset about it, and I just thought, “Why are we rushing here?” Actually, I don’t need to be anywhere at any time. My consultations are not until later on in the afternoon. So, what I could do this morning is go for a walk, take George’s scooter, have breakfast together, and scooter up to the nursery. I could see he was very unhappy about being rushed. 

On Tuesdays, I do not have a time obligation on me where I have to be somewhere, because I have a whole team that I have outsourced who are managing the business and making sure that the clients and the virtual assistants have been looked after, making sure that everything has been done. I can really use this as an opportunity to spend some time with my son, settle him a little bit, enjoy breakfast together, and scooter up to nursery. 

This is actually exactly what we did. He got to nursery later than usual at 10:00 AM. We had breakfast together. We had an amazing morning, and, then, I was able to come into the warehouse and start doing things that only I could do such as filming. I had some consultations after that, which I still do because I love them so much. 

It was just a real-life situation that made me feel so grateful that I valued my time and felt confident in outsourcing because if I didn’t, then I would have had to have been in the office at nine o’clock this morning. I would not have been able to make those choices. 

When you are building your business, looking at different aspects is important. But for me, looking at outsourcing and freeing up my time so I only do the things that make me feel happy, give me the most energy, bring the most value to me, my life, and my family’s life, is super important. 

I hope you are having a fantastic week, and I look forward to catching up with you all soon!

Sophie Dearden
Resource Worldwide