Should you really be doing that?

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Last night, I must've wasted at least 5 hours, messing around with a CSS navigational menu, that in the end, I literally gave up on. I ended up crawling into bed around 3am, tired, angry and annoyed that I'd wasted so much time. Id spent the whole night fiddling around with style sheets and hadn't acheived anything.

I lay there thinking .."What just happened? Haven't I learnt anything?"

The next morning, I got up, posted a job request on elance, had the menu completed by a programmer in less than 45 minutes and it only cost me $60.

The message here is to stop and ask yourself occasionally ...

"Should I be doing this, or should I hire someone else to do it for me?"

It's easy to forget at times, and become a bit lost in what you're doing.

Dont forget your time is valuable! Step back and check yourself on a regular basis.

Dont be afraid to outsource something, even if it does seem trivial

The time I wasted doing that could've been much better spent doing more productive things.
  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    That's definitely an easy lesson to forget, have to relearn, or just never even think about. I know that in my case especially I have wasted a lot of time because my ego leads me to believe that I can and should do everything I need done.

    Just before I burned out and took a break from writing I was trying to keep up an output of 10-15 thousand words per day while trying to learn and implement web design and trying to keep a constant prescence on here. It gets to be too much very quickly and I had the unluckiest of outcomes: complete exhaustion and frustration.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tonylee93
    I agree with your statement, Your time shouldnt be wasted on something, if you have the money to outsource it! I am slowly learning these things!
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom Ryan
      Often times it would be a lot more productive just to hire someone else to do a task that someone could do quicker and better. I find myself in this sort of situation all the time. The thing is you think you can figure it out, you start digging into it and before you know it you've lost hours.

      Sometimes it tough to let go and let someone else do it. A control issue for me I guess.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    I know exactly what you mean Tom. Even when you know outsourcing is the right thing to do, its easy to get sidetracked.

    At present Ive got 4 people working for me, and man, it feels great
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    • Profile picture of the author Chetan Patil
      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      I know exactly what you mean Tom. Even when you know outsourcing is the right thing to do, its easy to get sidetracked.

      At present Ive got 4 people working for me, and man, it feels great
      HI Ramone,

      There is nothing more enjoyable than doing CSS yourself provided one has got a basic knowledge of it. New tricks are coming everyday and unless you are computer savvy, it is really difficult to cope up with all this advancement.Fine anyway, if you are going to use your time to work for something else there is a always a valid reason for hiring people to get the job for you.Time=money!
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  • Profile picture of the author just Zer0
    I agree with you completely Ramone, sometimes you discover that a certain something just is not for you.

    But there are some people out there that believe they can't do things without even trying it in the first place! and - others simply don't want to do any of the graft.

    My personal belief on this is: you should be doing everything that you can actually do for yourself: for yourself, when you start a business - but of course there are certain tasks you can't do, some need to be delegated unto others - this is business - my point though is about money which is the vital blood of business: if your spending where you could be saving, well, a lot of businesses online and offline fail this way so be careful.

    That is my message to anybody who is in business of thinking of becoming an entrepreneur.

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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Hi Johnny,

      Just out oof interest and a bit off topic but...did you make the sites in your signature? They look really clean and nice, I was impressed looking through them.

      Well done mate.
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

        Hi Johnny,

        Just out oof interest and a bit off topic but...did you make the sites in your signature? They look really clean and nice, I was impressed looking through them.

        Well done mate.
        Yes dude, all coded by me.
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  • Profile picture of the author PPC-Coach
    I can't even count the number of times I've been working on some coding and spent 5 hours looking for ONE mistake. So stupid of me.

    Great post.

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  • Profile picture of the author Lori Kelly
    I can relate. My nephew makes his living designing WP sites. He has helped me with a few sites, and I get the relative discount. I like learning and want to eventually do all of my own sites.

    One of my sites has a slide show and I couldn't figure it out. It was driving me crazy. Being the strong headed control freak that I am, I wasted countless hours trying to figure it out. In the end, I too like you ramone, was extremely frustrated. I was mad at myself for spending hours on a project I couldn't finish. I finally asked my nephew for help and it took him less than an hour. Lesson learned.
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  • Profile picture of the author seogame
    Well if you want polish your skills you need to spend time on this thing, try making simple menus, designs and after that, try making complicated ones.. it will surely help you to learn.. if and only if you want to learn..
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Wilson
    I feel a big satisfaction when I can do something in PHP, HTML or CSS by myself.

    I too have wasted a lot of time with such problems but I like to think that I've learned something in the process. I was doing research and so on; the time was not wasted.
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  • Profile picture of the author dholowiski
    While this is often true, it's also often a good idea to learn to do the hard stuff yourself, even if there is a steep learning curve. If only for the reason that when you outsource it later, you'll know if the person doing the work is doing a good job or just wasting your time and money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Rambo
    Personally it depends on the time that I have available. I really enjoy finding out how things work through trial and error and how code changes things.

    Weird I know... but I guess in lieu of doing crosswords or something else to help keep the mind sharp I like digging through code and making modifications even though I have no idea how to program anything.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
      Originally Posted by Gary Rambo View Post

      Personally it depends on the time that I have available. I really enjoy finding out how things work through trial and error and how code changes things.

      Weird I know... but I guess in lieu of doing crosswords or something else to help keep the mind sharp I like digging through code and making modifications even though I have no idea how to program anything.

      Fair enough Gary.

      But Im working on a $497 physical product, and every minute counts.

      I want to get this sucker rollin'
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  • Profile picture of the author mskerry
    Yeah I've done that before spending ages trying to figure out technical stuff, only to discover that I could of outsourced this work for pennies.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheJustWarrior
    I always get a little twitchy opening up my whole new launch for some faceless outsource person.

    This is a hands on business and the more you can cover yourself, the better and more control you have over your asset. I always feel like an invisible hole just opened up, when I give ftp access to some stranger.

    Segmentation works well, but it gets sticky. Outsourcing, decidedly, is not perfect.
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  • Profile picture of the author HonestAffiliate
    Outsourcing the hard work seems really reasonable at the first sight.

    What discourages me is outsourcing without proper knowledge of
    outsourced task. It is more often than not that if you do not know
    what you want, you will get precisely that,=). Apart from outsourcer
    ripping you off on the technical difficulties or delays.

    The question is how much would you charge if you do not know how
    much the work is worth. In fact, that is what marketplace at outsourcer's
    sites is for: to have different bidders that offer a reasonable price and
    you choose the best.

    However, if you do not know what is best for that particular service
    how do you choose? Based on claims? Or more value? Choosing the
    lowest bid might get you junk product (..old rehashed article delivered
    as a new original content). Choosing the highest bid..do you want
    to take that road?

    Therefore I think outsourcing is perfect for those who know what
    they want & what to expect. And then you are sticking with those
    outsourcers that are reliable.
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  • Profile picture of the author steven sanderson
    Very good advice,

    Even if it is something not related to your business, say doing the garden or cleaning the house, or obviously business stuff. We used to try and do it all ourselves but we now outsource a lot, when we remember !!, so this is a good post to remind people to try and always remember to think about outsourcing if it is going to make sence. Apart from elance etc i love it when we get a snazzy ebook cover knocked up for $5 on fiverr.com

    Great post thanks
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