Just Because You Can Do It Yourself…

If you want your car to last as long as possible and run at its best, you should be investing in regular maintenance. At certain mileage milestones, you can expect to replace certain parts. But while you may take it in to a certified mechanic for a coolant flush or to replace your brakes, it might be an unnecessary waste of money to pay for someone to change your wiper blades.

That’s simple enough and you can do it yourself.

When it comes to your home, the same kind of approach applies too. There are certain things that need to be done around the house. If your heating system is completely on the fritz and you have no idea why it’s not working, it’s probably best to hire a professional. Conversely, it probably doesn’t make sense to pay someone $85 an hour, plus travel expenses, to come all the way out to house to change a light bulb.

You can probably do that yourself.

But just because you can do it yourself doesn’t mean that you should.

Somehow, I get the burning suspicion that someone like Bill Gates or Warren Buffett doesn’t go around changing wipers and light bulbs. I could be wrong, but I imagine their time is better spent working on other projects. You could say the same for yourself when it comes to your own business ventures. Just because you can do it yourself doesn’t mean that you should.

Just because you can try to concoct your own blog theme doesn’t mean you should. Unless you already have a strong background in design and development, you’ll need to invest untold hours into learning how all of that works… and even then, the end result that you produce will probably pale in comparison to what an established professional will be able to make for you.

And in less time.

So much less time.

“But I can get a free theme to tinker with,” you might say. “But I can watch all these video tutorials on YouTube,” you might add. “I can access this free support forum and read through thousands of threads with mountains of posts each.” That’s true. It’s also true that these resources are only free if your time is worthless.

If you’re interested in learning for your own sake, that’s one thing. If you’re learning only to make this one thing, you’re better off leaving it to the pros. Or, as John once put it, “If you want something done right, let Michael Kwan do it.”

And you know the old adage that you get what you pay for? There really is something to that. You may have seen this viral video makes it way through your social feed at some point. If you’re willing to pay for a professional to spend a little more time on your project, you’ll probably end up with a better result.

I mean, you could decide to sketch your own Spider-man picture. But if you’re anything like me and my atrocious drawing skills, you might end up spending hours and hours only to end up with something that’s even worse than what this guy is able to do in 10 seconds. Doing it yourself, in this context, really is a waste of time. And that’s time that you could be spending much more wisely on what you’re actually good at and what you actually enjoy doing.

At the end of the day, particularly in the context of business where you are so much more concerned about the bottom line, spending money saves you time and earns you more money. There’s value in doing something for yourself, but that isn’t always the best course of action.

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6 thoughts on “Just Because You Can Do It Yourself…”

  1. Dead on message Michael. My developer handles all design and backend aspects of Blogging From Paradise. Ditto for using tools or plain skipping aspects of my marketing campaign because blogging is not DIY, across the board. Gotta hire folks to handle some things and also, gotta hand off offline jobs too, to save time and energy for blogging.

  2. louise van says:

    Yes! Couldn’t agree more. Time is money. Sometimes it is good to try to figure out a few things yourself though before hiring someone… then you KNOW the difference between someone who really knows what they are talking about or not!

    1. Good add Louise; figuring a wee bit out solo can give you clarity in hiring someone. Smart.

  3. Yes am agree 100% because you can try to concoct your own blog them does not mean you should.

  4. The power of outsourcing and knowing just what to outsource..

    In the beginning stages of building an online business it can be frustrating trying to learn all the different pieces of the puzzle let alone actually putting it all together so you MUST quickly decide the things you know you can do well then outsource the rest or you will burn far too much time which will eventually burn you out.

  5. No matter what you are going through there a light at the end the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and will find the positive side of thing.

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