Q&A - Hiring vs. DIY, Budgets & Freedom, and How Much to Invest - Tom & Ariana Sylvester

Q&A – Hiring vs. DIY, Budgets & Freedom, and How Much to Invest

May 16, 2018 | Podcast

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Episode Brief Description

We answer 3 questions submitted from listeners, including hiring vs. doing it yourself, how budgets can create freedom, and how much to invest into your personal and business development.

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Key Insights & Timestamps

  • [00:51] – Welcome
  • [02:45] – Question 1 – How do you determine if something is worth paying for or hiring out vs. bootstrapping, when you are on a budget? 
  • [03:50] – Be sure you are focusing on the right things in the beginning
    • Validate your business idea
    • Who are your customers?
  • [04:15] – Figure out your money model
    • DIY things first, so you have a handle on what it takes to complete the task. This will allow you more confidence when it comes to hiring it out later on
  • [05:58] – Consider hiring an assistant or virtual assistant first
  • [09:55] – Have a set budget in place before hiring anything out
  • [12:57] – Question 2 – How can I manage my money/budget without it making me feel like I’m losing my freedom?
  • [14:02] – Align your money habits with your goals
    • This can be a very basic tie in with how you manage your personal finances, as well
    • Look at where you want to spend money and what you wish to invest in
    • Allocate a set amount to go towards those goals and stick to it
  • [19:05] – Think about money and how it ties into your bigger picture goals and set up systems that allow you to have control
  • [21:03] – Question 3 – How do I know when I should be investing in my business?
  • [21:46] – In the beginning, look at the full ammount you have to invest in your start up
  • [22:20] – Once you are making revenue, ballpark about 3-10% of that money to reinvest into your business
  • [23:27] – Live events and confrences can have a great impact in “planting the seed” for your business by way of networking and learning, as oppposed to a monetary gain
    • If you do invest in a live event, try not to give into the “FOMO” or fear of missing out. There will always be more trainings, more courses and more events in the future
    • Consider having a purchase partner for  conferences – this will help keep you on budget
  • [25:40] – Look for free podcasts, online groups and consider investing in books in the beginning. Tons of information can be gathered at low to no cost

A big thank you to those who submitted questions for the show!

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Key Insights

  • Discover the best times to hire out vs. when you should be DIY-ing or bootstrapping in the beginning
  • Finding ways to address your budget planning, without feeling overwhelmed
  • Knowing when and what to invest in for your business

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