The Truth Behind Delegating

September 30, 2011 by  Filed under: Management 

If you’re frequently working long hours and spending more time away from your family than you should, you may have a problem. If you’re already burned out from running your business day in and day out, now more than ever is the best time to delegate the tasks you’re cramming into a single work day.

What many people don’t know about running a business is that it’s not just a matter of sitting behind a desk, doing simple paperwork and conducting meetings here and there. Rather, it’s a combination of multiple jobs, often times numbering over a dozen, happening over a day-to-day basis.

Now this is where the trap waiting for every business owner lies. The typical small business proprietor often makes the mistake of handling all responsibilities, instead of delegating them to the right people, be it the manager, marketer, PR representatives, customer service specialist, bookkeeper, secretary and more. Believe it or not, some business owners, concerned about wasting resources, still do their own business’ tax work.

Of course, there’s really nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s a good idea for business owners to be aware of how different process work within the company. But if the purpose behind handling everything yourself is to save money or ensure that everything goes according to your specifics, then you’re only setting your business up to fail.

Learn to Delegate

You can’t do everything yourself. It’s that simple. Start by recognizing that you have a problem and get the right people to handle some of your tasks-that is, if your business still hasn’t hired people. Delegating simply means that you will have more time on your hands to focus on the core aspects of your business.

Don’t be Afraid to Delegate

It’s common for small business owners to be hesitant to let go of certain tasks which they deem too important to delegate. Excuses such as “person A may not be good at the job as I am” or “assigning a task to someone that’s easier done myself is a waste of time” are just some of the most commonly used by business owners.

All these excuses stem from the real fear of losing control over your business and failing. However, just because someone else is performing a task, doesn’t mean you’re going to lose control. You are after all, the boss, and you have the final say over the matter.

Is Delegating Really Expensive?

There’s really no clear answer to this question to be honest, mainly because it’s a case to case basis. Finding the right person to handle a specific task is sure to take up time, but the monetary costs are relative. For example, a family-run business will save money by delegating tasks to members within the family.

Hiring people who are just staring out is also a good idea, since they offer their services at a lower cost.

While going for experienced providers may seem expensive at first, their experience and knowledge can potentially save your business more money in the long run.

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