Hi there, it’s great to be writing this at the start of 2012. A new year always holds with it so much hope and excitement, with new goals and dreams.
I thought long and hard about what worked and what didn’t work for me in 2011.
I was and still am surprised at the success of my WSO releases in 2011. I can be a bit of a sensitive creature and to run WSOS you have to naturally grow quite a thick skin because the insults and refunds will always come – no matter how great you think your product is lol.
I am so very grateful for having been awarded two WSOS of the Day last year and I will continue to work hard to put out the best quality products I can in 2012. You won’t see a new release from me every week or even every month BUT when I’ve worked hard behind the scenes to create a quality product at a reasonable price you’ll hear from me — chances are you’ll probably count them on one hand in 2012. If you have any particular topics that you’d love me to create products on just leave your comment below.
Okay, so what didn’t work for me in 2011. This was a really painful decision because I know a lot of people were depending on me in a very big way.
In 2011 I went into hiring outsourcers in quite a big way, at one stage I had 10 and towards the end of the year I had cut it back to about five.
Now I have one – my wordpress assistant to help with wordpress review theme support.
It was a really heartbreaking decision to me because these people were really relying on me but while they were all incredibly loyal and hard working I just don’t have the personality or the drive to be able to manage them.
Not only did I have the additional expense of their weekly costs but I actually lost probably four times that amount in lost productivity.
WHY? Aren’t assistants supposed to give you more time?
That’s the idea behind it yes but in my particular case I had to set tasks for five to ten people every single day.
Then I would get messages on skype from all of them throughout the day.
Then I would have to help solve problems they were having throughout the day.
More often than not by the end of every single day that was all I had achieved.
And I was absolutely exhausted, overwhelmed and totally underperforming in every single way.
I have told each and every one of them that I will contact them if I have a project for them to run but as much as I would have liked to, I am just not the type of person to be able to cope with setting tasks for multiple VAs and managing them every single day. It took me about eight long months to figure that out — yes, I’m slow I know — but with the new year drawing closer I knew in my heart it was a decision that I had to make both for myself and for my online business.
I’d love to hear your New Year’s IM resolutions — just reply below to share them with me and others, and also any topics you would like covered in my WSOs this year.
Love as always,