When You’re A Jack Of All Trades
September 6, 2017
When you’re a jack of all trades, being the master of ‘some’ can get buried in the day to day. It’s not easy being a master when you’re wearing so many hats in your business (at the end of the day, stuff needs doing!).
[my journey] Some years ago my business consisted of me. I was very much a jack of all trades and spent more time upskilling than I did charging out my time. Jump forward a couple of years (my business mentor helped me see the light) and I had pulled together a team of master’s. They spend their time doing what they do best, leaving me to focus on what I do best – which in my case is talking to and supporting our clients and ensuring our business keeps abreast of change.
[back to you] How much time each week is spent on tasks you are the master of? Tasks only you can do? Hopefully you’re thinking, “I’ve nailed this. I block out 3 days every week to work on business development/writing content/onboarding new clients/coaching …” If you’re indeed that person, R.E.S.P.E.C.T. It’s not an easy road to travel to get there, you’ve obviously been blessed with some discipline, planning, forward thinking and focus.
- If you’re still spending your days/weeks/months being a jack of all trades, stop!
- Sit back in your chair for a minute.
- Close your eyes!
- Imagine a day where you’re doing what you do best – what only you can do.
- Now, imagine six month’s down the track. How does your business look now you’re a master – and you have a team of masters.
- What would you have achieved?
[my journey] Using our team as an example, when it was just me I did a great job for our clients. I could do graphic design, accounts, website changes, blogging, email campaigns, admin …. get the picture. I could do it all. But changing to a team dynamic, we now do the same tasks faster, with a much better result. If I compare the graphics I did in Photoshop to those Lisa does now – well, there is no comparison!
[finishing up – with you!] To close, hone your particular skill. Be a master at what you do, and what you spend your days doing. It’s more efficient and productive to outsource skills that take you a long time to do, that frustrate you, and that take your time away from what you’re so good at.
You have a successful business BECAUSE you’re a master, now take your business to a new level and be that master ALL THE TIME.