I recently worked with a client who was having a heck of a time finding a new sales role. It was a mystery to me at first, because she has so much going for her. But as we spoke, I began to realize that, while she loves selling, she hates (understatement) all the paperwork and reporting that goes along with it.
In fact, she doesn't just hate it — she's terrified of it. Thus, every time she gets into a conversation with a hiring manager (for another sales job), they get as far in conversation as the spreadsheets and then she's out.
The companies she is eyeing simply don't want a sales person who can't or won't also do the necessary behind-the-scenes work.
What to do if paperwork makes you pout
Whether you're afraid of the paperwork (or the technology you need to know how to use to complete it), or simply annoyed about having to do it, here's the reality: It's probably not going away.
Whether you're working for someone else or for yourself, your job will likely require at least a certain amount of reporting, documenting, data entry or number crunching. I don't care if you're on Wall Street or running a landscaping crew, business is business and it requires paperwork.
That said, if you truly abhor it, consider finding ways to delegate, outsource or get support on the stuff you simply do not want to do. If you're weak on the technology or tools that power the paperwork, ask for training, or invest in it yourself.
If you're at the bottom of the ladder and can't just delegate, see if you can trade tasks with a co-worker. Maybe they hate something you don't mind and it could be a win-win for both of you.
Few of us adore paperwork, but it's a part of business. So, either get comfortable with it, or get it off your plate.