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Done for You vs. Done with You: What's the Difference and which is the right fit for your business?

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When deciding how best to work with others to support you in your business, there are two popular approaches which spring to mind. These are "done for you" and "done with you."

Both have their own benefits and drawbacks, the options which is right for your business depends on your specific needs and goals. In this post, we'll explore the key differences between these two approaches, in doing so we hope this will help you to determine which is the best fit for your business.

"Done for You" Services:

The "done for you" approach enables you to outsource a task or project to somebody else, for example a consultant, external agency or a freelancer, they are then responsible for handling the task from start to finish - often with minimal input or guidance from you. This type of service can be incredibly convenient for business owners who have limited time or resources, as it allows them to delegate tasks to experts who can get the job done quickly and efficiently.

For example, if you need a website built, you might hire a web designer to handle the project from start to finish. They will handle everything from design to coding to content creation, leaving you free to focus on other areas of your business.


  • Saves you time and effort

  • Results in a completed task without having to spend time on it

  • Expertise and experience handle the task

  • Enables you to work "ON" your business rather than "IN" your business


  • Lack of control over the process

  • May not reflect your own vision and goals (Unless you invest time in training)

  • Limited opportunity to learn and develop your own skills

  • Can be costly

  • You may be reliant on them for future updates and maintenance

"Done with You" Services:

The "done with you" approach is a more collaborative effort between you and your "extended team member". Rather than outsourcing the entire project, you'll work alongside the consultant, agency or freelancer, with the goal of learning and developing your own skills as you go.

For example, if you want to improve your digital marketing skills, you might hire a consultant to help guide you through the process. They'll work with you to help you understand the key concepts and strategies, and will help you implement them in your business.


  • Opportunity to learn and develop your own skills

  • More control over the process

  • Reflects your own vision and goals

  • Enables you to bring the task in house in the future, should you want to


  • Takes more time and effort

  • May not result in a completed task as quickly

  • Dependent on your own involvement and effort

So, which approach is right for you?

The answer depends very much on your specific needs and ambitions. If you're looking for convenience and efficiency at speed, "done for you" services may be the best fit. On the other hand, if you're looking to learn and develop your own skills, with the intention of bringing the activity in house in the future "done with you" services may be a better choice.

Both options will require you to spend time on the outset to find the "right person" for the type of work you have to offer. Trust us when we say that it's time worth investing, as it always saves lots of time and heart ache in the long run.

Consider what you want to achieve, and what type of service will best help you get there. With a clear understanding of the pros and cons of each approach, you'll be able to make an informed decision that's right for your business 😊

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