How Many Hats Are You Wearing?

Living in entrepreneur-land is sometimes all about how many things you can do on your own without a team or a sidekick. Sometimes we just want to do things ourselves because we feel it will save us time and money. But sometimes wearing too many hats just makes things worse! Think of things this way … If you were to assign every role, task or project to a particular hat, with the skillset and all the glorious responsibilities those comes with, how many hats do you think you’d be wearing? How does it feel to wear all those hats? Especially when you’re wearing them all at once. Probably very much like a crazy balancing act!

I myself have been in this hate wearing scenario way more times than I can count. Even quite recently. In my business, as well as most of the work I do for my clients, I am the graphic designer, the web designer, the social media guru, the IT specialist, the “help desk”, the virtual assistant, the proofreader, a brand specialist, the accountant, the project manager, the business developer, the operations manager, the sales manager and this list literally goes on and on (and ON!) forever …!

I still, to this day, have more hats than I can count, but now I try not to wear them all at once. I have learnt over the years to combine them but never more than 3 or 4 at a time. Why? Because every hat deserves to be worn, appreciated and admired separately. And really … It’s not a good look for you, your business or your bottom line.

Getting rid of some of your hats really boils down to two main things: organization and outsourcing.



And, nope, I will never get tired of expressing the importance of this. LOL!

In this step, it’s time to get clear on the work that needs to be done in order to succeed. Put your work into context so that you can truly understand all the things that need to happen in order for things to work the way they’re supposed to. The way you want/need them to. And, don’t forget to prioritize.

So, before you begin prioritizing your daily to-do list, think about where each of your tasks/projects falls into quadrant. Then schedule them accordingly. Remember, there is a huge difference between important and urgent. And yes, making time to work on your business (not just in your business) counts too!



Time to hire the experts. Yes, sometimes resources are tight and as entrepreneurs we try to fill those gaps in all by ourselves. It’s usually because of time or funds. And sometimes due to time, we wait too long to hire additional staff then more hats just pile up. But skimping on “the help” can have a detrimental effect on your ability to grow, support your clients/customers and even a loss of new opportunities.

So, now it’s time for the hard stuff …. sitting down to objectively assess your own strengths and weakness. By doing this you will have clear eyes on where you could best get assistance from a pro (designer, social media guru, accountant, virtual assistant, coach, etc.). It’s always best to try to maximize your own strengths then try to fill in those gaps rather than just hire for “lower wage” work because it seems like the easier decision.


So, to end things off for this glorious Spring morning, let me ask you this …

How many hats are you wearing on any given day?

And what choices do you plan on making, going forward, to decide which hat to continue to wear, which ones to share and which ones to drop?

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Crystal Kordalchuk

Crystal is an artist, a writer, an organizer, a dreamer, a doer, and down-right proud of it NERD!.

Struck with a love for #AllThings creative at a very young age, Crystal dreamed of a life fueled by her passion for creating and bringing the stories and images in her mind into reality.

As she worked toward her dreams, she earned a diploma as a Computer Applications Specialist then another in Graphic Design and from there began to develop her extensive background in multimedia and the arts. She began her worked in the magazine industry as a layout designer and had a succession of design jobs thereafter. It was her role as a graphic/web designer that gave her the first real glimpse of her future. Soon she began a side job as a freelance designer while keeping one foot in the corporate world. A spark was lit! She turned her freelance gig into a full-time business combining design work with her other passion: creating organization from virtual chaos.

Crystal is one of the most organized individuals on the planet. She is by all means a Zen master of her crafts. She excels at helping others become “untangled” and provides her clients with tools to run their businesses smoothly while she takes care of the details behind the scenes. Thus Virtually Untangled was born. A successful business where her work as a top notch creative in graphic and web — with a twist of virtual assistant — married into one amazing place where clients can come with their virtual messes and become magically untangled. Crystal can always make sense of even the most unorganized chaos and offers a virtual detox of order and peace, so her clients can get busy doing the work that they love the most.

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