By Eliana Barriga
Publisher and Managing Editor for The Retail Observer
Managing the occasional deluge
Well, the lazy days of summer are winding down, and life’s hustle is cranking up again. It seems that once Labor Day hits, boom! The next thing you know, the holidays are upon us. And as Murphy’s Law would have it, these busy times seem to be when life’s little emergencies seem to pop up unexpectedly! Managing what life throws at us while keeping up with our businesses takes some talent, organization, and sometimes, even the costly outside contractor.
There are times when there’s just so much on our plates that hiring outside help becomes a necessity. Now I am definitely a do-it-yourself kinda girl whenever I possibly can, but there are times when there are not enough hours in the day to take care of it all. For example, in the middle of last month’s crunch time in publishing The Retail Observer, a copper pipe in my office sprung a leak, flooding my desk and equipment, requiring me rip out the ceiling, walls and crown molding. The air conditioner on the roof leaked the following day and proceeded to flood the upstairs master suite as well, leaving me without air conditioning for one full month in the Vegas triple digit heat — a remodel I am still in the middle of. The timing couldn’t have been worse. While working on the repair as best I could, it just made more sense to hire workers so that I could continue to deal with the most important issue at hand — the magazine.
While many people are hesitant to hire outside help in the effort to save money, there are times when hiring an outside contractor or business consultant becomes the best financial decision you can make. Having someone take care of the items that draw your focus away from your job frees you up to concentrate on the crucial areas of your business that bring in the money, grow the company, and ensure repeat customers. Your time is well spent in your business—after all, its success is largely dependent on the values and culture you established when you originally opened your doors. Now is a good time to find qualified help with the many changes in the workplace environment over the past year. Start interviewing and hiring excellent talent now to free you up to be the best captain to take your business into the future.
Ahoy — and full steam ahead,