3 ways to delegate tasks with few or no staff members
If you're a solo wedding / event planner or have a thumbnail staff, you already know how difficult it is to get everything done on your ever-growing to-do list. There's all the planning, coordination and client relationship building, and on top of that you have the daily duties of running a business, which include bookkeeping / billing, sales, marketing and the dozens of other administrative details staring you in the face. If you're like me, sometimes it feels like you need to clone two or even three of you to get everything accomplished. Well, you're not alone in feeling this way. And you're also not alone in the fact that you don't have quite enough revenues to hire additional staff to help you with all these tasks and projects. Service-based businesses like professional wedding and event planning can be the most difficult to scale upward, and for two reasons:
- You need a pretty constant and consistent flow of work coming through your doors to be able to afford full-time employees without always worrying about how you are going to make your next payroll.
- It can be fairly difficult and take a long time to find the right people with the right skill set, attitude and energy to meet the needs of your business and your customers.
- TaskRabbit - especially interesting because it links you with local freelancers and contractors
- Task Army
- Fiverr - every task costs $5, so it's great for small tasks or projects
- Craig's List - the granddaddy in the industry
- Post internships at job sites like Internships.com http://www.internships.com/ or even on Craig's List.
- Post internships on industry portals like Wedding Industry Jobs or Wedding Bee.
- Call the placement offices at local community colleges and universities to see how you can connect with interested students.
- Reach out to your networking contacts to see if they know of anyone who might be interested.