Having it all = not doing it all

One of the perks of a small business is that it’s….wait for it….small.  In theory, this means less red tape, more efficient decision-making, more flexibility, and so on.  But it also means a smaller team of employees, so it’s common for small business owners to end up doing everything themselves.  Is doing everything yourself the best idea?  No, no it is not.

When you run a small business, work can easily take over every aspect of life.  Resist the temptation to do everything yourself.   Without even realizing it, many small business owners find themselves buried under a pile of assignments as one person fills the role of editor, marketer, consultant, office manager, HR, PR, accountant and receptionist. Doing everything yourself is a quick road to burnout.  The good news?  Delegating is an easy way to free up time for you to spend where it counts. 

Delegation is not a dirty word

Take a look at the way you spend your time.  What parts of your workday include tasks you resent, or find draining?   What would you do with the extra time if you didn’t have to do those things?  Examine what tasks you’re currently doing that someone else could do for you.  For example, if doing all your company’s packing and shipping takes up a chunk of your day, consider outsourcing it.  Many small business owners want to delegate, but think it will be too expensive to hire it out.  This may not be true.  Remember that doing everything yourself isn’t free.  It costs your time and your energy, and if you can spend your time and energy elsewhere with greater returns, it’s worth the cost of delegating.  You can also look at bartering, offering to swap services with someone who offers the service you need.

If delegating a task gives you more time to do something more efficient, it’s certainly worth the price of hiring it out.  If you insist on doing it all, it’ll prevent you from having it all.

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