Expanding Your Wheelhouse or Getting in Over Your Head?

When are you expanding your wheelhouse and when are you just getting in over your head?post by Stephanie Nelson

A bit ago, I took on a project for a client that I thought I could handle. I had the basic skills necessary to do the job, plus I really like the client so taking on seemed like a good opportunity for me to get a little more experience in another area of online marketing.

It didn’t take long for me to realize I was wrong. I’m still working on the project, and while I know I CAN complete it, it’s taking a lot more time than I’d anticipated and I am definitely out of my comfort zone. But since I agreed to do it, the client didn’t budget for another vendor to take on the work – another stumbling block for me.

All this got me to thinking…When are you expanding your wheelhouse and when are you just getting in over your head? And is there a way to tell the difference before you take a leap?

In hindsight, there were some hints that this was beyond my scope. It’s on me that I let my fondness for this client cloud my judgement. In this case, though, I think that even if I’d paid attention to the hints that would have stopped me completely from taking on the project. I might have set a better expectation of timeline, though.

I was right that this is giving me great experience. I’m learning more about WordPress than I ever knew existed. I’m getting good insight on GoDaddy and hosting and HTML (and my loathing thereof). I’m also gaining client relations experience – on being honest upfront, on being transparent when obstacles arise, etc. At my core, I believe that once I have this project completed, I’ll be a better business owner, I’ll be more confident in what I can – and cannot – do and/or commit to, and I will have a set of skills that I can use on some level (though not at this one again – ha ha ha).

So what’s happened in your business that’s made you wonder if you were expanding your wheelhouse or just in over your head? How did you handle it? What did you learn

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