One of the most common challenges Business Owners face is delegating. Is this something that you can relate to?
Perhaps you don’t know how or where to start, or could it be that you that find it hard to let go of work since you’ve been pretty self sufficient for so long now? I’ve been in your shoes myself. After all, your business is your baby, so of course you’ll have a high standard in the way you work.
Would you like some easy delegation tips to enable you to outsource efficiently with less worry to allow you more time to focus on other income revenue generating tasks? Whilst your associate, assistant or employee takes care of the rest. Sounds great doesn’t it?
Ok, now for my tips:
1) Learn to let go.
Ok, so if you’re anything like me, I’m my own worse enemy at times who wants to do everything myself, but sometimes this is NOT possible. What’s the downside to this? Feeling burnt out, getting behind on work, lack of motivation, happiness and best of all it stops you from focusing on other tasks that will potentially bring in extra money. Would you agree?
Here’s what to do:
- Start small – delegate one small task at a time to build trust with them. You will then learn to gradually delegate more once the initial trust has been secured.
- Consider a trial run – perhaps you can agree for your delegate to start with a 4 week trial run to see how things goes, that way it removes unnecessary worry about committing to anything. Especially for us over thinkers who don’t like letting people down.
Do you find it hard to let go is because you’re worried that standards will slip, or things won’t get done on time? It’s only natural to feel apprehensive, however something’s got to give though right? When a decision is made to outsource, it’s important to know what you’re going to be outsourcing, you’ll probably thinking “well obviously…” but you’ll be surprised on the amount of people that are unclear on this.
- Figure out what is taking up most of your time vs priority – this will enable you to create an action plan ready for your new delegate. You can come back to this list as and when you feel inspired to.
- Work out a system for yourself and your delegate to use, where you can keep a track of projects that need to be delegated via tools such as; Slack, Wunderlist or Trello. Heck you can automate your tasks so there isn’t extra fuss when delegating. ask me how.
- Communicate with your delegate; what needs to be done and by when. As I mention in my first point, trust needs to be built. Ensure you provide clear instructions – this will enable your delegate to execute the task efficiently.
3) Try to be open.
Ok, so if the delegate doesn’t hold the same skills as you, it doesn’t mean the task can’t be delegated. Most skills can be learnt – be open to teaching as part of the delegation process.
- Learn to accept that mistakes will be made – after all, we’re only human and it’s part of growing. It’s what your delegate learns from their mistake that is important.
- Conduct a performance review / check-in meeting, whatever you wish to call it, to encourage an open conversation around what’s working and what things could be improved on.
I hope this has been helpful. Thank you for reading.
Take a look at my coaching ‘power hours’ if you really get stuck and I help you to walk through it in an hour to save you the hassle 🙂
With love and care,
P.S. Check-out my online marketing pop-up shop here.
– what I call the home to all my magical goodness for all things creative marketing!