Running a business can be exhausting, time-consuming, and stressful, but if you learn the art of delegation, you can avoid burnout. Not sure how to delegate your daily tasks? Here’s how business owners can learn to delegate to make running a business easier.
You won’t be able–or willing–to delegate every task, but there are some that naturally lend themselves to delegation. Tackling social media, making sales calls, and working on your website are all jobs that are fairly simple to delegate and that will free up time for you to do other crucial things for your business.
Ideally, you want someone who knows your business really well and who can handle working independently. Look for someone with a proven track record of completing tasks successfully, not just someone who has the free time to take on the jobs. Look for an employee who has the skills needed to do the job, or train someone specifically for the task.
Be as clear as possible with your instructions and make sure your employee knows when to expect you to follow up. If your employee needs to learn how to do the task, now is the time to clarify all the steps. Make sure they know exactly what you expect from them and how they can get help if they need it. Put instructions in writing, even if you think they can figure out the task on their own. This will also help you make sure that you’re communicating clearly–it’s easy to overlook part of an instruction when they’re given verbally, so writing them down will help.
Nobody wants to do extra work for nothing, especially not if they think you’ll get the credit for it. Be sure to praise and reward work well-done, and don’t forget to credit your delegated employee for the things they do. You can’t have a successful business without them, so make sure they know you appreciate their hard work.
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