You do everything yourself. You like to be in control. You like to make sure everything is done according to your standards. You find it difficult to trust others to complete a task the same way you would. You do everything yourself. Sounds like you?
I know how it feels to run a business and think you should be doing everything yourself. It’s part glory and part shame. Different sides of the same coin.
You love the control you have over your business, but at the same time, it feels like you can’t have everything under control.
Maybe it’s time for you to hire some help.
Giving up control is ok
Most entrepreneurs tend to be perfectionists. And as such, they like to control everything, to the extent that they try to do everything themselves.
When you’re just starting up, it’s ok to control everything. It’s kind of a requirement because money is short and you need to make sure the business is set up for success.
However, many entrepreneurs fail to realize that once the ball is rolling, they should give up some of the control (Click to Tweet).
Giving up control of your business, your creature, your baby, sounds scary, because how could you ever trust someone else to execute on tasks as well as you would?!
But trusting others and delegating are two key aspects of being an entrepreneur (Click to Tweet): there’s no way you’re going to scale a business and grow it to where it almost runs itself if you’re not delegating and trusting your employees.
You’re not a jack of all trades
I used to call myself a jack of all trades until I realized how stupid that was!
We all know how the adage continues: jack of all trades, master of none!
So I stopped calling myself one and more important, I stopped acting like one.
I was doing everything: keeping the books, design, customer support, sales, everything.
But I wasn’t doing them as well as someone focusing on a single task would. And it was hard to admit, but what should’ve been my main focus — product development — was suffering from it, because I wasn’t able to focus 100% on it.
I don’t want to be a jack of all trades anymore. I want to focus on what I do best and delegate the rest to employees, freelancers or whoever is the best fit.
Learn to trust
Once you decide you want to start delegating some of the day-to-day tasks which have been overwhelming you, you have to learn to trust others.
You need to trust them to make a good job. You need to trust them to complete a task as well or even better than you would. You need to trust them to have your business’s best interest as their goal.
And how do you learn how to trust them? You teach them.
When you hire someone to do a job you’ve been doing for months or even years, they will probably take some time to get up to speed, because they’re not into it as much as you are. They probably don’t know the nitty-gritty. But you can teach them, you can take them by your side and let them see how you do it.
But don’t take too long to give them the reins: if you do, they’ll get the idea that you don’t trust them, that they’re not good enough for you.
Once you think they can do a decent job, give up control (Click to Tweet). Don’t wait for them to be perfect — unless we’re talking about heart surgery, are we? — because they will only get perfect by doing.
And what if they make a mistake? I hear you ask. Who cares! Everyone can make a mistake. You can make mistakes, too. And I guess you did make a few mistakes when doing everything yourself and feeling exhausted.
If they make a mistake, ask them what went wrong, what they didn’t understand. Once you know why the mistake was made, explain to them what should’ve been done differently and get over it.
You could’ve been the one making the mistake, so there’s no point in getting too mad and stopping trusting them. I can tell you the best way to learn something is to make mistakes and once you do, you’re much better off (Click to Tweet).
Start delegating and focus on your ultimate goal
If your business has started to grow and the cash flow is doing ok, it’s time for you to start delegating because that’s the only way forward.
Sure, you could hire some help well before having a strong cash flow if you have the funds, nothing wrong with it, but don’t overdo it!
You should spend some time analyzing your day-to-day activities and breaking down where you’re spending the most time.
Once you know the key areas where you spend the bulk of your days, you should ask yourself, in all honesty, if those are tasks that you have to do yourself, or if it’s rather something you could delegate to someone else.
In the end, you should have a clear idea of what needs to be done by you and what could be done by somebody else.
Now, pick one area from the bunch which is key to your business, but where you feel you can add the least value. That should be where you first hire should be.
You could be hiring more than one person, of course, but if you’re a control-freak and have never delegated key tasks to other people, you might want to take it easy, because you need to learn how to feel safe delegating to other people.
Once you think your first hire is doing good and getting the job done and you’re trusting them so much that you’re not always there looking over their shoulder, you’ll be ready to delegate some more tasks and hire more people.
Don’t be afraid of asking for help
Asking for help is key to running a successful business and you have to accept it (Click to Tweet).
With so many things to do, there’s no way you can make it alone.
It could be through a freelancer, an agency, a VA, a part-time employee or a full-time one. It doesn’t matter.
You need to understand that there’s only so much you can do before you burn out and that’s fine, it’s how it works.
And when you feel like you’re juggling too many things at the same time and you don’t know where to bang your head, that’s already too late.
Try to anticipate the needs you’re going to have in the next few months and get some help there.
If money is a problem, look for ways you can cut some expenses or even cut your payout a bit, because it will come back, with interests.
You need to think in terms of the value you can create for your business if you’re free to focus on what you do best, compared to the cost of hiring someone to do things that either don’t create as much value or that you can’t perform as best as possible.
Are you a control freak? are you afraid to delegate? what’s preventing you from asking for help?
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