I’ve been outsourcing for so long that it’s become ingrained in my thinking as a something I have to do. Meaning, it’s not optional.

I truly believe that outsourcing is the key to building the business of your dreams. It’s the difference between the struggling business owner and the successful one. It’s also the difference between a happy wife/mom and a stressed out one who blows a fuse over the smallest things (you know what I’m talking about).

Successful business owners outsource. Show me one that doesn’t.

I know what you’re thinking. It’s easy for me because I can afford to outsource and I have good people to outsource to.

Yes on both counts. I can afford it now and I have good people now. But guess what?

It wasn’t always like that. When I first started to outsource, I used to sweat bullets wondering how in the hell I was going to pay the bill (and I went through my fair share of unethical and flaky service people too).

I hated that part.

Waiting for that final invoice to come in. Hoping I had enough money in my PayPal account to pay it.

But then I realized that was a stupid way to operate because all it did was stress me out.

So here’s what I did instead:

1) I paid upfront. There are some contractors who do require upfront payment, but most will invoice once for all the work they did throughout the month. And if you have no idea how much that bill is going to be, it can cause you to worry and stress out about paying it.

I started saving up the money I would need to outsource, and then I would pay upfront for a certain amount of hours or a project. That way I didn’t have to worry about paying the bill later.

2) I asked for a check in. If I prepaid for 10 hours of time, I would ask the VA to let me know when I had used 5 hours of time, and again when I was almost at 10. That way I could prioritize the tasks she was doing and avoid a surprise bill if I unknowingly went over the amount of hours I had already paid for.

And if you run across a contractor who prefers to invoice once a month, then make it clear they are not to work over the number of hours you’ve budgeted for. If you have to, sign a contract that clearly says you will not be billed for any hours above the stated and approved amount.

Seriously, for your sanity and business growth, you have to start outsourcing.

Even if you just dip your toe in.