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How To Use Outsourcing To Grow Your Business


Article Summary

Feeling the stress of doing it all in your business? It can be overwhelming and while it seems like doing it all yourself is the best option, it might be time to let go a little. In this episode, my right-hand-lady, Jess Gulley-Ward, and I talk about how we approached working together so I could successfully hand things off to her and gain some of my time back as the CEO of my business. This honest, casual conversation includes:

  • What led Amanda to (finally) outsource tasks

  • Finding the right fit for outsourcing in your business

  • Difference between Virtual Assistant and Online Business Manager

  • How to start/test working with someone to ensure it's a good fit

  • Setting boundaries and celebrating progress


  • Active listening is crucial when outsourcing tasks, as it helps identify the specific areas that need support.

  • Starting with a project-based approach can be a great way to test the waters and find the right fit when outsourcing.

  • Virtual assistants focus on task implementation, while online business managers provide strategic support and help with logistics.

  • Setting boundaries and celebrating progress are important aspects of the outsourcing journey. Logistics management is crucial for businesses to ensure efficient operations and customer satisfaction.

  • Common challenges in logistics management include inventory management, transportation, and supply chain visibility.

  • Outsourcing logistics can provide numerous benefits, such as cost savings, expertise, and scalability.

  • When choosing a logistics partner, consider factors like experience, technology capabilities, and customer service.

**This was also a podcast episode (episode #227). If you'd like to listen to this conversation, use the link below.

Ep226 - Effective Outsourcing In Your Business


How To Approach Outsourcing In Your Business

If you're hesitant to hand over part(s) of your business, you're in good company. It's hard to do even though it sounds lovely. The truth is, as a boot-strapping entrepreneur, you've learned how to figure things out and you can technically do everything...but should you be doing it all?

Chances are, it's time to let go of the reigns a bit and hand off some of things that you don't need to be doing. But since it takes trust and time, I wanted to share my experience of how I did this and handed things over to my right-hand-lady, Jess.

"You're not alone. Your feelings of overwhelm are heard, natural and understood and sometimes a quick phone call can confirm that you're in the right place and talking to someone who thinks logistically can be a great first step." - Jess Gulley-Ward

Jess does a great job in this conversation of letting you know that you're not alone in these feelings and that you can take it one step at a time when it comes to getting support from a virtual assistant or an online business manager.

Virtual Assistant or Online Business Manager

Fortunately, there are many people who are ready to support you in your business, you just have to find the right fit for you. Here's my definitions of each and how they can best support you:

Virtual Assistant: a contractor that you hire to complete tasks needed in your business.

Online Business Manager: a contractor that is primarily focused on planning and strategy for your business.

"Talk to someone to get clarity on where you are so busy that you can't get into your business anymore." - Jess Gulley-Ward

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Think About It As Support Instead of Outsourcing In Your Business

Once you find someone you can trust, it's more about getting support versus handing things over. The person you work with should be someone that feels like a partner in your business rather than an outsider.

"My goal is to be the backbone of your business so you can be the shining star, however you define that." - Jess Gulley-Ward

"I'm the trusted logistics person that keeps the ship running in the right direction." - Jess Gulley-Ward


Book a FREE Clarity Call with Jess

After this 1-hour call, you'll walk away with clarity on where you can receive support in your business and a plan to make it happen. The feeling is amazing!


Take Away Message / Action

Book a discovery call with a Virtual Assistant or an Online Business Manager. If you're feeling the pull in all directions it's time to get support. You can start with a project and see if it's a good fit and take it from there.

Until next time give yourself permission to outsource (or even just think about outsourcing) in your business and grace along the way. I'll talk to you soon.

About Jess:

Jessica Gulley-Ward, the queen of Juggling Logistics, is a logistics wizard for service-based solopreneurs who are overwhelmed with the details in their business.  

Jess manages administrative “busy-ness” to allow you, a solopreneur, to get back into your business.  Even though Jess is superbly detailed that doesn’t mean she’s a stickler for seriousness!  Jess’ heart beats when she’s soaking up laughter and love from her family, her husband Kevin, her pup Lucy and their beautiful life in Vermont.  

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Other Resources:

Ep. 227 - Effective Outsourcing In Your Business

"My goal is to be the backbone of your business so you can be the shining star, however you define that."

- Jess Gulley-Ward


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