• Delegating is a critical skill, without it your business is going to falter. You will fast reach a point where your business has outgrown your ability to juggle tasks in the number of hours you have available each day. In fact, you’ve most probably found yourself burning the midnight oil and then waking up before the early bird just to keep on top of things. We both know that’s unsustainable, in fact, all you’re doing is punishing yourself for being successful. You’re making yourself ill because you’ve succeeded. Let that sink in for a moment. Now ask yourself:
  • ‘Why Am I Not Delegating?’
  • The barriers you are likely to be giving yourself will be all or a mixture of these below:
  • • Nobody can do it better than me
  • • It’s quicker to do it myself than show someone
  • • I don’t know which tasks I should delegate
  • • I can’t afford another employee right now
  • There are as many excuses as there are minutes in the day but these tend to be the top culprits in stopping you taking your business to the next level.
  • Let’s look at each and find out whether they hold any weight:
  • Nobody Can Do It Better Than Me: Yes they can. in fact my business wouldn’t’ exist without my team. They look after our clients on my behalf. I have an Office Manager who has an overview of daily activity and performance and acts as a reference point for each of the account managers. It works like a dream and frees me up to concentrate on growing the business. Could I do all this better myself. No. My business would have stagnated, I’d be worn to a frazzle and I’m sure my clients would not be as happy as they are right now.
  • It’s Quicker to Do It Myself Than Show Someone: That may be so, but is it quicker to do it yourself every time? The answer is no. Take emails for example. Do you really need to be spending 3 ¼ weeks every year checking your emails? The shocking thing is that’s a conservative estimate. Next time you begin to plough through your inbox make a list of the types of emails you receive and how you handle them. Then delegate this task. I’m sure an extra month each year to concentrate on growing your business sounds a lot more interesting than answering emails.
  • I Don’t Know Which Tasks I Should Delegate You can have this problem solved in 10 minutes. Make a list of all the tasks that are outstanding and vying for your attention right now. Which of those tasks will help you get more customers or retain the customers you already have? Put a tick next to them. All the other tasks can be delegated. You can call this your to delegate list!
  • If you’re still unsure of the tasks you should delegate here’s a list to get you started:
  • • Administration
  • • Customer Service
  • • Accounts Admin
  • • Credit Control
  • • Data base management
  • • Email marketing
  • • Social Media
  • • Email management
  • • Diary management
  • • Answering your telephone
  • • Anything you don’t like doing or aren’t good at doing
  • I Can’t Afford Another Employee Right Now Employees are expensive, in fact, there are around 30k of hidden costs per employee in your business, not including their salary! It is a big consideration and does come with a fair bit of risk. Don’t worry it’s not all doom and gloom there’s a simple solution, outsourcing. Working with an outsourced provider will see your company save around 50% in overheads, protecting your cash flow and has the added benefit of rocketing your productivity too. You can start working with an outsourced provider from around £500 per month (6k per year), that’s cheaper and more experienced than an apprentice.
  • Delegating will:
  • • Give time to grow your business quicker
  • • Provide support for your existing customers
  • • Help you retain more customers and sell more to your existing customers
  • • Ensure that your systems and procedures keep pace with the growth of your business
  • • Keep your cash flow in tip top condition
  • • Keep on top of the general administration that is necessary but time consuming
  • • Eliminate distractions and, when implemented correctly give you at least 8 weeks extra a year to focus on the things that matter the most to you
  • • Give you and your team a better work/life balance
  • • Save you money as well as time
  • Ask yourself again, Why Aren’t I Delegating? It’s time to stop sabotaging your growth plans and instead start empowering yourself to achieve even more.
  • Looking for someone to delegate to? Get in touch. We’d love to help.
 
  • This blog as taken from https://www.bestbusinessenabler.com/
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