Delegating When It All Feels Overwhelming

When you start your business it may well be just you, or you may start with staff straight away. But even if it is just you, sorting out what needs to be done and who is going to do it will still be something you need to do.

Its always good to delegate the things you're not best atWhilst it may be essential initially, it is unlikely that you will be either able or willing to do everything yourself as your business grows. Bear in mind why you started in business in the first place. I doubt it was to give yourself a job with an eighty hour week?

As the business owner you have to have time to do the things that are essential to developing and growing your business. That means the planning and thinking and strategic stuff.
Leaders should only do what only they can do. Sir John Harvey-Jones

As you try and free up time to do these things, think about what is taking up your time. Is it things that you have to do, or could somebody else do them? What is your time worth? How many orders do you lose if you spend time doing tasks that someone else could be doing at half the cost?

Even if you don’t have staff you can still get other people to help. You can sub-contract or outsource some of the work. This may be part of the production or service delivery, or it may be administrative tasks like your book keeping and telephone answering.

You might use other companies, individuals or “virtual” resources. For example it is becoming quite common for small business owners to use a virtual PA, who can deal with your telephone calls and administration even though they are not based at your office.

There are also things that can be done via the internet, for example you can automate your IT backups, so that they happen automatically, and your data is off site.

But also you might outsource some of the areas in your business that we have already looked at, such as your marketing or PR.

So if you think there is too much for one person to do, remember – there is always a way……….

The above is taken from Julia’s book Start Up 101

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