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Is it time to begin scaling your self?

Is it time to begin scaling your self?


Rising your artistic enterprise is tough work, and for those who’re operating the present alone, it’s actually extra like taking over three (or extra) roles unexpectedly. If the day-to-day administration of your enterprise is consuming into the time you’ll want to do your artistic work, or burning you out, it’s most likely time to consider scaling your self.

What does it imply to scale your self?

Scaling your self is a chance to increase the influence of your creativity, abilities, effort, and power — and to get you out of the weeds. It’s all about discovering methods to benefit from you. Hiring somebody, outsourcing or automating duties, auditing your present workflows to make them extra environment friendly, and reprioritizing the way you spend your time can all be useful ways for getting you there.

So, the place do you begin? 

How about proper right here? We’ve put collectively an train that can assist you mirror on the place you might be with readability and function so you’ll be able to decide your finest subsequent steps to scale your self up. We’ll provide help to map and prioritize what must get finished, and stroll you thru making a plan. We even have assets linked all through that can assist you understand your plan.

Able to go? Carve out an hour so, [download this spreadsheet to work with], and let’s get began.

Half 1: Getting organized

First, catalog your duties

Earlier than you map a path to your superb end result, it’s useful to begin with a complete have a look at the place you might be right now. Open up the spreadsheet and checklist all of the duties you do on your artistic enterprise, Patreon-related or not. Nothing is just too massive or too small.

You may also embrace stuff you suppose you ought to be doing right now however don’t have time for proper now. However don’t fear about determining what you’ll want to be doing a yr down the road — for this train give attention to right now.

Subsequent, grade these duties

Now you’ll grade your duties on the next, utilizing a 1-4 scale, with 1 because the low finish, and 4 because the excessive finish.  Take into consideration:

  • How a lot you want doing it. Realizing what actually fulfills you’ll provide help to prioritize your individual to-do checklist later.
  • How a lot influence the duty has on the enterprise. Duties that don’t make an influence could be pointless busy work or would possibly should be revamped or reframed so their influence is bigger.
  • How a lot effort or time it takes. That is key to serving to you handle your individual time and figuring out what adjustments will likely be most impactful to your schedule.

Then, clear home

Earlier than you begin delegating duties, check out your present checklist and see if there are any duties you’ll be able to remove, cut back, optimize, or in any other case change for the higher. Your objective is to edit your checklist all the way down to what actually must be finished, and to do away with inefficiencies or any pointless time sucks.

Take a very shut have a look at the next:

  • Something low influence (particularly rated a 1) however excessive effort (particularly rated a 4). More often than not, you’ll wish to both lower these duties or revamp them to be a lot simpler and extra helpful.
  • Something low influence usually. If it’s not “shifting the needle,” one way or the other key to preserving the enterprise afloat, or bringing you pleasure, contemplate whether or not it’s price it.

For something excessive effort (rated a 3 to 4), take into consideration the right way to make it much less time-consuming or extra environment friendly. In fact, not each high-effort process might be made “simpler” (see: making artwork), however you might be able to make some issues much less cumbersome by way of tooling, altering a part of the method that’s not making a huge impact, or breaking it up into extra manageable duties that may be distributed.

Take notes on adjustments you wish to make as you go alongside, and trim that checklist all the way down to a dreamy, superb define of what actually must be finished.

Now you’re able to do what we got here right here to do: make the plan to scale you up.

Half 2: Make your plan

First, take an knowledgeable cross at delegation

Let’s see what’s going to keep in your private to-do checklist going ahead, what might be automated, and whether or not some duties can or ought to be owned by one other particular person.

Construct your private to-do checklist

You’ve made certain the duties on the general checklist are an amazing use of time. Now, divvy up that checklist to ensure the duties you personally full are an amazing use of your time. Your objective right here is to determine what you really want and wish to do, so you’ve a crisp define of your function and what you’ll be able to delegate.

Strive asking your self two massive questions as you run by way of the duty checklist:

  1. What duties do you, personally, actually have to do? As in, issues would genuinely break or really feel inauthentic in the event that they weren’t in your fingers.
  2. What duties would you be actually bummed to not do anymore?

For something that’s teetering on the sting of “I ought to do that” and “I might let it go,” contemplate whether or not you possibly can prepare somebody that can assist you out. And have a look at whether or not the duty could possibly be damaged into two or extra components so your creativity is leveraged however your time is spared. For instance, might “social media” develop into “writing social posts,” which perhaps you continue to wish to do, and “scheduling pre-written posts” and “monitoring replies,” which might each be finished by another person?

After which sculpt your “anyone else” checklist

Upon getting your individual checklist collectively, it’s time to assign the remaining duties. You would possibly go to an in depth working associate, an knowledgeable in a selected area, or perhaps you’ll take a digital strategy. When you want a hand as you assess, attempt a few of the following questions:

  • Do you see a sample within the remaining duties? If, for example, you’ve acquired ten administrative duties, you would possibly have the ability to resolve your issues by discovering freelance assist or a digital assistant by way of a supply like Fiverr.
  • If another person did this process, would you’ll want to oversee it carefully? This could be a process for somebody who works carefully with you, like a full-time group member or common working associate.
  • May a device (like software program that categorizes bills, automates search engine marketing reviews, or posts scheduled content material to social) flip this process right into a click on of a button?
  • Do you want an knowledgeable to only deal with it?

Whenever you’re finished, kind your checklist by potential assignee, and it is best to have a superb image of who and what you’ll have to deliver on to see this plan by way of. 

Wrap up with a have a look at the forest and the timber

Hey, you’ve simply finished an unbelievable factor. Congratulations! You must now have a transparent image of:

  • What’s and isn’t driving influence round your enterprise, and what duties you’ll be altering or refocusing.
  • What you completely need and have to do your self.
  • The duties you possibly can automate, so you’ll be able to decide the proper instruments.
  • What duties you’ll goal to get some human assist for and how much assist that’s.

Supporting assets

As you progress into your subsequent steps — perhaps hiring, investing in some useful software program or digital instruments for automation, or shuffling your schedule — these assets may help you keep on monitor. 

How do you know it was time to scale? What assets did you utilize to make it occur? Discuss it within the Patreon Creator Group Discord.



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