Delegating and Outsourcing are key tips
to growing your business!
Nobody is superhuman. We have only so many hours in the day, and only so much we can achieve in that time. Unfortunately, when you’re good at your job, people will want more and more from you. This can lead to feelings of pressure and that you’re letting people down.
Fortunately, learning to delegate and outsource certain parts of your job or business will free up more of your time to do the things that only you can do. With the appropriate help, you’ll achieve more, be recognised for your success, and may well see growth in your business much faster than if you never mastered the art of delegation.
Choosing which tasks to delegate requires careful thinking. Anything that is critical for your long-term success (for example, hiring new members of your team) probably genuinely needs your personal attention. But other tasks – such as updating social media accounts, managing your invoices, writing tedious project reports or general administration tasks – might be ripe for delegation or outsourcing. Consider outsourcing these tasks to a virtual assistant or a bookkeeper for your accounting needs.
Before you delegate a task, make sure you have enough time to delegate (yes, even though delegation is supposed to save you time, it can also take time, especially the first time you delegate a certain task.) Do you have the time for adequate training, questions and answers, checks on progress, and rework if necessary? Is there enough time to redo the job if it’s not done properly? What would be the consequences if the job were not done on time?
You should also be clear on your expectations for the task, including the importance of the result being of the highest quality, whether a failure would be critical, and how a failure would impact other areas of your work. Being clear on what needs to be done and how it should be done will help keep problems to a minimum.
You also need to think about the attributes of the person you’re delegating the task to. What knowledge, skills and experience does this person already have? Does their work style align with how you plan to manage the task? Does this person have the time to take on more work? Do you trust them 100% to get the job done right?
If you're outsourcing to a virtual assistant or someone you don't see in the office, you need to build that trust quickly but it is worth taking that leap of faith. Once you start to delegate tasks you will wonder why you didn't do it earlier. Just make sure that you give very clear assignments and instructions to ensure your virtual assistant understands what needs to happen. Successful communication is essential for successful delegation and outsourcing.
A virtual assistant can give you the support you need to grow without the extra costs that come with employing a permanent staff member, not to mention the space and equipment needed to support that staff member.
If you would like that support then contact us to find out how we can help you focus on what you do best in your business while we look after the rest! If you would like to see what tasks a virtual assistant can do for you then download our free guide "40 Ways To Use A Virtual Assistant"!