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Asking for help is no sign of weakness


By Michelle Post

Who said asking for help is a sign of weakness?  Oh right!  My dad.  One of my dad’s “life lessons” he taught my siblings and me was asking for help was a sign of weakness.

I remember coming to my dad seeking help on a school project, life issue or a work project, and he would look me straight in the eyes and say, “Asking for help is a sign of weakness, go figure it out on your own.”  And so I would.  The lesson taught me independence and helped me to develop strong problem solving skills.  However, I think of all the hours I could have saved if I just found the right person(s) to ask for help.

Ask for help not because you’re weak, but because you want to remain strong.

— Les Brown

I recently heard the African proverb, “I am because we are.”  It has taught me I am stronger when I am part of the “we.”  A business owner cannot do it all.  A business needs to work for the owner, not the other way around.  Not sure what to outsource?  Think about outsourcing any task that is not your strength or perhaps the deadline does not provide enough time for the task to be performed in-house.

How do you ask for help?  I am glad you asked.  Enter the Internet and the global world of freelancers.  One of my favorite sites I have used repeatedly is www.Fiverr.com.  This site provides freelancers that specialize in copywriting, web design, app development, social media, search engine optomization and so much more.  And most of the time the cost starts at $5; hence the name Fiverr.  

There are many choices when it comes to finding talented freelancers; here are a few more options: Upworks.com, 99designs.com, Guru.com and/or Peopleperhour.com.

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