There comes a time as an entrepreneur when you have to delegate some of your work. This is especially true if you are a “solopreneur” and doing it all. If you’re like me, you wake up every day with the conviction to move your business ahead. In the midst of all of my conviction, I have come to realize what I am really good at, what I love to do and what I absolutely have no zeal for. That latter part about what “I have no zeal” for is where I am currently focusing. The goal is to look at those items with an open mind and decide what needs to be kept in-house for now and what I can outsource so I can focus more on the things I am good at and enjoy doing.
The key in all of this is to recognize the signs that it is time to let go.
Here are some signs and/or indicators that it is time to delegate and/or outsource some of the burden:
- You continuously procrastinate when it comes to the task. If you are constantly setting a certain task aside, it may be an indication that it’s time to relinquish control and get someone to help you out.
- You’re forgetting tasks and making mistakes. When you look at the spectrum of your diversified duties as a solopreneur; you have to be realistic and understand that if you choose to continue doing everything for yourself – something will suffer.
- Subconsciously you realize that you aren’t the “Jack or Jane of all trades”. As much as we like to convince ourselves that we are invincible and can master any and everything- we are not the master of every domain. It’s not a crime to delegate a few items where you lack the requisite skills.
- Your business has scaled to a point where you feel frenzied. A little frenzy never hurt anyone. A lot of frenetic energy and stress starts to impact you, your business and well-being. Additionally, the new reality of chaos can cause you to resent the very business you have worked tirelessly to build. Who wants that?
- There are a myriad of things left on your business bucket list that you have yet to address. Do you need to get your name trademarked or maybe you have wanted to launch an e-learning course? If you’ve got more of these bucket list items than you would like- it may be time to hire a professional or two to assist you with these projects.
I will be the first person to tell you that I am the absolute worst about asking for help. The interesting thing is eventually (if all goes well) you reach a point where you have no choice but to choose between efficiency and ego. If you choose ego, it could be to the demise of your business. If you choose efficiency, you give your business a lifeline to carry on. The benefits of seeking help and delegating certain items, so you can be the best you in life and in business far outweigh any negatives you have conjured in your head. Find your weak spots and start looking for the right people to help you get things done.