Reality Blog: Should You Stop Doing It All Yourself?

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** Note: Shallow depth of field

I’m a freelancer copywriter. (I just love saying that!) And as a freelancer still in the early stages of developing my business, I’m also my own web designer, accountant, legal advisor… I lose track of the hats I wear.

Sometimes I feel like I should make myself a cape with a giant C (for copywriter) on it…

At some point though, we all (hopefully) reach a place in our businesses where our power set doesn’t cover what we need. That’s when we should consider calling in the advice or help of a colleague or partner. Many of us have our own professional “kryptonite” as well… that thing we’re either afraid to do or just aren’t interested in doing.

When to Go to a Pro

I met with a tax advisor for the first time the other day. One of the things I really liked about her is that she didn’t try to sell me services I don’t need yet. In fact, just the opposite. She gave me the advice I sought, answered all my questions, and made recommendations.

For example, she offered to prepare my taxes if I wanted her to but suggested that at this stage of the game, I could easily get by with free accounting software. (By the way, the first software she recommended was Wave, which I use for invoicing and talked about here… but I hadn’t even thought about using it for anything else.)

Now, I’m a do-it-yourselfer. I don’t like spending money on things I can and want to manage for myself. I paint my own house, prepare my own taxes, and dye my own hair.

However, my do-it-all copywriter superpowers are not infinite. In both business and personal affairs, there are times when paying a pro is the way to go. So, when does it make sense to hire a professional?

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Tracy Clement Wilson

Tracy's a freelance B2B copywriter, web writer, blogger, science geek, tree hugger, and health food fanatic. When she's not busy with her family, she attempts organic gardening and hangs out with her chickens (the ladies who give her eggs), bearded dragon (her favorite...read "only"...lizard), and dogs (her office mates).

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