How Outsourcing Graphic Design
can help with your Business Burnout

Discover the multitude of benefits that outsourcing design work can bring to small businesses!

How Outsourcing Graphic Design can help with your Business Burnout

As a creative business owner, I’m often full of ideas. I’ll excitedly jump from one to another, my head and my heart bursting with possibilities. So when I don’t have time to develop these ideas or do all the things I want to do, I can get frustrated and disappointed. Are you the same?  

This was the path I was on in my business until recently. And after a few years of trying – and feeling like I was failing – to do pretty much everything myself, last year I began to feel stuck, burned out and lacking direction.

I was working ‘in’ my business too much, with very little time to think of the bigger picture and work ‘on’ it.

- In this post -

  • Feeling overwhelmed in business
  • Outsourcing tasks that were getting put off
  • Space to grow
  • Outsourcing as a company of one
  • Collaborating with other businesses to elevate your service
  • Outsourcing graphic design tasks you know you can’t do
  • Think of outsourcing as an investment


Feeling Overwhelmed in Business

It’s so difficult to not fall into the frantic trap of overwhelm that modern business life so easily induces. There’s an insidious hustle culture online that’s difficult to avoid. We’re told that to make our business grow, we need to be doing podcasts, Instagram ads, social media, marketing… There’s pressure we put on ourselves too. Courses you ‘need’ to go on, books you ‘need’ to read, places you ‘need’ to go. Not to mention seeing all those other business owners who are doing way more things than you, and somehow managing it all.

If you don’t take a step back from time to time, even the things that used to bring you joy can feel like another burden. You can start to feel trapped in a business that you started because you wanted more freedom and flexibility to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life.

I’d stopped loving what I did and started contemplating going back to a simple job where I could clock in, clock out, and leave it all behind at the end of the day. But really, all I needed was a couple of tweaks to my processes, and to outsource some tasks to take the pressure off me as a company of one.


Outsourcing Tasks that were Getting Put Off

One of the major draws on our time as small business owners is marketing and promotion. We want to spend our time doing the thing we love, but in order to make money doing the thing we love we have to spend our time telling people that we’re doing it. Which, of course, leaves less time for doing the thing. It’s a vicious circle, and one that can be difficult to break.


Space to Grow

Since outsourcing tasks from within my business, I have already seen growth! I have more time to work on projects, and have been able to think about how I can make my branding process even better. I’ve also got the necessary space to replenish my creativity by creating and experimenting with artwork.

I started my business because I wanted more freedom, and after buying my dream campervan a couple of years ago I had struggled to find the time to get away for longer than a weekend. Having a VA means I can brief in tasks before I go, and be reassured knowing that things will be ticking along while I am out enjoying my freedom and having adventures.

How Outsourcing Graphic Design can help with your Business Burnout


Outsourcing as a Company of One

I strive to have a minimalist business that is always intentional and gives me a balance in life. I’m certainly not a 100-hours-a-week entrepreneur – I really value time and space to enjoy life away from the screen. I also passionately love creating brands and running my business.

We’re often told that, in order to grow, we need to take on staff. But that has never felt right for me. Because I work on projects rather than doing regular work and regular workloads, it can be hard to know how much work I need to support me.

Outsourcing tasks means I can get my creative work done without having to worry about the commitment of a full-time member of staff.


Collaborating with other Businesses to Elevate Your Service

There are times when you simply can’t do it all alone. If a task isn’t within your skillset or you don’t enjoy it but you know it would make sense for your business, collaborating with another business could make more sense than employing somebody full-time.

I now regularly collaborate on branding projects with copywriters, web developers, strategy minds and more and it has really elevated the overall experience for my clients. Rather than just the visual elements of branding, my clients now also get the words and tone of voice that truly reflect their brand. It means they can launch immediately, reassured that the way they are talking is in perfect harmony with their overall brand.

I also work closely with web designers, photographers and other ethical creatives to ensure clients get a full agency experience, but with a personal touch.

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Outsourcing graphic design tasks you know you can’t do

As a one-person business, it’s good if you can recognise your own limitations. I’ve never felt like I’m the best at photography, and at the start of my business journey I didn’t want to show my face. Investing in the support of an expert has really helped me here, and I now have a bank photographs – with me in them! – that I can be proud to share.

There are so many elements that go along with having a business these days, and very few people are good at doing all the things. So if you know you’re not great at branding and don’t want that to hold your business back, investing in a branding expert is a good idea. Likewise, if your website looks a bit dated and you don’t have the time, energy or desire to learn Shopify, WordPress or Squarespace, bring in an expert – they will likely be able to do a better job, and much more quickly.


Think of Outsourcing as an Investment

The key is to think of outsourcing as an investment in your business rather than an expense. As such, it’s important to think of the whys and the whens of when to do it. It won’t always be right for you or your business to pay for a photographer, for example. Taking pictures for your own social media posts will mostly be fine, even if you know you’re not the best at composition or lighting. But if you have a new product launch coming up and know you need a perfectly crafted web page with photography that really shows off your products, paying an expert for a product shoot may well get you bigger returns than it costs.

Nobody knows you or your business better, so tune in to that inner voice and go with your gut feeling about what it makes sense to outsource and when.

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