For small business owners, delegating tasks onto others may seem like an uncomfortable idea – we’re so used to getting everything done ourselves! But there is great value in knowing that even simple tasks are being handled by someone we can trust.
As business owners it’s important that we recognise when we’re drowning and what we’re drowning in. Take a step back and reflect on what you’ve been spending your time on and how much of it is actually doable by someone else with the appropriate skillset.
Once you’ve taken some of these tasks off of your own shoulders, you can get back to focusing on the tasks that are relevant to your role in the business and possibly get you into a position where your day is filled with the tasks you love doing!
But knowing where to start is a difficult field to navigate. Letting go of control can be hard, so ease yourself into it with these common tasks that could easily be handed onto someone else.
As a business owner, it may seem like a simple task that you can do before you leave the office but delegating this to either a contractor or an employee will actually make a world of difference to your day-to-day life.
Although it can be a time-consuming task, it remains a fairly cheap service. Those extra hours a week that would otherwise be spent cleaning, you can be spending your time looking at more concerning tasks at hand or have your day be finished at 5pm instead of 7pm!
2. Professional Services
While being a major time-sink, getting caught alone in legal and financial predicaments is a painful and hair-splitting process to do right. It may be an expensive investment but hiring help will make the process faster and easier on you.
Legal tasks and other professional services like it, that you as a small business owner may not be an expert on, can cause major stress if you do it alone. Prioritise your wellbeing and delegate tasks like this onto another expert so that you can do what you’re good at.
This is something you can delegate onto an employee or outsource, while still playing a major role in. As the business owner, you will be there for the big discussions and the vetting of the final products to ensure the branding represents what you want. It’ll be your ideas, to your standards, without the hours of work.
Marketing is something that business owners too often spend gratuitous hours on, while the functioning of their business falls by the wayside. Delegating a task like managing your businesses marketing is the perfect big step towards other larger delegative tasks. It shows you that you are still running the show, your ideas and wants are being met without being pulled every which way trying to get it all done.
Bonus Tip: Don’t Micro-Manage!
Too often, business owners micro-manage their employees or contractors so much that they end up spending too many hours on the task themselves when really, they shouldn’t be. The purpose of delegation is to give a task to someone who is capable of completing it to your desired standard so that you, as the business owner, can focus your time on other more pressing responsibilities.
Trust your team!