The hardest part about running a business is delegating. It sounds simple, but it isn’t. Here are 4 steps you can take.
1. Accept that you can’t do everything
To succeed you need to feel like you need to do everything. Not just because you want to make sure it is done right, but because you like doing everything associated with the business. You can’t do everything, you don’t have the time.
2. Surround yourself with people smarter than you
You need to have the proper staff and/or proper training to assure they can do what you delegate to them. Hire people smarter than you or have areas of expertise you don’t have.
3. Delegate the right tasks to the right people
You have to delegate the correct items to the correct people. You have to value your own time and delegate what you can so you can concentrate on the tasks of an owner/boss. If you don’t take care of the long term items, no one else will.
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4. Follow them up
Just because you delegate something doesn’t mean you don’t have to worry about it. You’re the boss, you’re responsible for making sure the things you delegate get completed, and done properly. Don’t just set a deadline and forget about it. Building a quality product is ultimately your responsibility.