Sometimes you just need to ask for help. But, sometimes, it can be difficult to admit you can’t do everything on your own.
About 1 year ago, when I decided to start my own business, I knew I needed a website. So, I set about teaching myself how to build one.
I began by using GoDaddy’s Website Builder – which I still highly recommend for beginners, such as myself. What you give up in flexibility, you gain in ease of use. That website served me for a short while, but once I needed more, I knew I had to push my knowledge and build a website in WordPress. So, a few months later, I set out to teach myself WordPress.
In today’s world, there is no shortage of Youtube videos on how to learn anything – from music lessons to haircutting lessons to how to raise farm animals, and WordPress is one of the most popular subject matters on the internet. There are literally thousands of WordPress videos on YouTube. So, I watched many of them, took notes, and built myself a website. And, it was “okay”, but not great. Wordpress is complex – and for someone that does not do it every day, it is a challenge. So, after months of having my “okay” website, I finally decided I needed help.
I put my job request in Elance (elance.com is a great freelance marketplace – highly recommend it!) and described the task – giving some examples of websites I admired. I also included in the job description that I wanted the chosen person to spend time giving me lessons on my WordPress site. I received 20 bids on my job within a few days – the prices ranged from $300 to $957. The website designers/coders were from all over – Pakistan, Kenya, England, Panama, and the U.S. (By the way, you can limit the geography for bids if you so choose).
The person I hired, Mike (from Florida), spent about 5 days on an off with me to create my new and improved website. He also spent hours and hours on the phone with me, patiently teaching me various aspects of what he was doing. For some of the changes, he walked me through how to do it so I could more easily do it myself going forward.
Having a coach and/or getting the training you need is the best way to improve yourself. All great athletes know the importance coaching has had in their achievements. I am so glad I finally pulled the trigger – my website is now much improved and I learned so much in the process. And, I now know a great guy who is an expert at WordPress – so I know it will not be the last time I will be speaking with Mike from Florida!
So, how do you find a great teacher or coach? Look for someone you know personally and admire, or someone who has great references and/or online reviews. These days, with so much social proof online, it is easier than it ever has been to find the help you need.