One of the challenges of entrepreneurship is knowing when to bring others on board to assist. Over the 5 years I’ve been doing consulting, I’ve always been a one-man show and have used contractors to assist with web development and the like when necessary.
Recently, my business grew to the point where I knew it was time to consider bringing on an intern or a freelancer to assist with some tasks. I developed a structure where my intern will have the ability to work on their own schedule and provide me with the research and resources I need in a timely fashion. She works remotely, and we talk on the phone three times a week to check in and communicate via email between appointments.
After two weeks, I am very pleased with the arrangement. The working relationship is strong and the level of commitment I get is exactly what I needed; someone to take on some of the legwork of researching new business, working with existing clients, and exploring new ways of doing business.
I’ll keep you updated as the summer goes on as to how this working arrangement progresses. I am already feeling better with what I have on my plate and am excited for the new opportunities bringing on a freelancer can bring.