Python for Entrepreneurs Transcripts
Chapter: Getting help (contracting, design, and more)
Lecture: Introduction to getting help
0:02 Let's talk about getting help. We are going to talk about when and where you should get help with your business.
0:11 Now, this is not me recommending you go hire a bunch of people but just to think strategically about your time
0:17 and when it makes sense to get some help here and there; then I'll show you some really great ways to do that.
0:23 So we're going to look at a place called Upwork, although there are few other options, Upwork is a really good place to find
0:29 short term and even long term, but sporadic work type of consultance for a whole variety of different things.
0:38 We're going to talk about Fiverr which is a place where you can get all sorts of stuff done, graphics and other little tasks done for like $5, $10,
0:47 I think that's where the name comes from. We'll talk about getting help with design, and what Fiverr and Upwork
0:53 both would apply to that, we're going to look at a place called 99designs which is a low risk way for you to get this done.
1:01 When you think about getting help, these are the standard ways you might get help with your business, graphics, other sorts of consulting and so on,
1:08 even household chores are in the game here, under consideration. So think of it like this, if you spend let's say ten, twenty hours a week
1:16 doing things like cleaning up the house, mowing the lawn, racking the leaves, all of these types of things, well,
1:23 you maybe don't have a bunch of money because hey you are trying to start your own business, and you are just getting started,
1:29 it still may make sense to think of ways to be creative and try to juggle your time differently.
1:36 So let's suppose that you could do let's say five hours of consulting a week, and just to put some numbers on, let's say you make a 100 dollars an hour
1:45 doing consulting for five hours a week. If you take five hours that you would have focused on your business
1:52 and did five hours consulting but then took that money and applied it to free you up all the other things so you don't have to mow the lawn,
1:59 you don't have to clean the house, things like that, maybe you could get back twenty hours, right,
2:05 because obviously you don't pay people a 100 dollars an hour to mow the lawn.
2:08 So the whole idea is just be creative about how you spend your time and energy and where it makes sense- get help.
2:18 In this chapter, I am going to show you some really concrete ways to do that. Let me leave you with a brief story.
2:24 So on the very first day that I was 100% independent, I was no longer employed as a full time employee, but I decided to quit,
2:33 start focusing 100% on the podcast, and knowing that part of that time is going to be spent building classes exactly like this one.
2:41 On my first day literally, I quit, well my last day at work was February 15th, so first thing I did, first thing in the morning when I started working
2:52 100% on my own projects was I went and I posted an ad to get help with my podcast. I was spending two to four hours a week editing the audio
3:01 and I had been doing that for six months, nine months, something like that,
3:05 I decided I needed as much free time as I can get to focus on growing this business, on doing more things like these online courses,
3:13 so I went and I posted an ad on Upwork, specifically I posted this ad. You can see that was about ten months ago.
3:20 Since then, I've hired more people through Upwork, I've done things on 99designs, I've done things on Fiverr
3:25 and so on but the message is I decided that my time was more well spent focusing on the future and I could actually backfill this money
3:34 and make more money if I had more time. Now that's a really careful thing you want to balance, right?
3:40 I had been doing this work for a long time, I knew exactly how much effort it was,
3:43 and I wasn't speculating I would need people to get help but I specifically knew
3:47 here is two to three hours I could get back, those two or three hours a week will certainly pay dividends if I can rework my schedule.
3:54 So, throughout this chapter we are going to talk about the various places you can get help, when you should and maybe shouldn't get help.