Upload & Sell: On
Thanks Jeff! Certainly there are times when a couple of Sherpas would be appreciated. I was halfway to my Hertz SUV a few years ago, in the middle of the Vancouver airport parking lot, when the bar holding the front wheels on a new cart just snapped off. The welds were crummy I guess. Some nice guy offered to watch the cart while I went to get the SUV. The client had a complete fabrication shop so fixing it correctly wasn't a big deal, but when that broke, I sure could have used and assistant.
I don't work with assistants for several reasons. Certainly it would make my life easier in many cases. Honestly, I am not a delegator, never have been. That's a good and bad thing. I feel like, in most cases it takes more time to tell someone what you want done, than it does to just go do it yourself. I guess I'm a control freak as well. When I do it myself, I know just where to look if something doesn't go the way I had hoped. The flip side of that is that I know everything has been done to assure that things do go as planned. There's an economic component too, assistants double/triple airfare, hotel, food costs. My airfare is almost always walk on, like $1,200 to O'Hare, $1800 to Boston. Start doubling or tripling that in a quote and pretty soon clients start thinking about finding "local talent", not something I like to encourage.
You lose that "I'm a big dog, look at all my minions" aura with my method, and I'm sure their back and knees feel better at the end of the day (although Joe get's regular injections and is putting off full knee replacements), but it's too late in the game to change now. Truthfully, I work much more efficiently alone, and I solve problems better without the distraction of additional people. I guess it's just one of those things that I've found works well for me, so I don't mess with it.
I can tell you that there is no shortage of willing assistants if anyone is needing the help, I get no fewer than a dozen calls and or emails a week from guys and gals inquiring about the possibility of assisting.