If you’re ill or can’t be at the helm of your business for whatever reason, you’re probably feeling lost and confused. Your business is likely your baby, so you probably don’t enjoy taking time off and letting somebody else take the reigns for a change. Delegation may not come naturally to you.
However, when you’re sick or something else is going on, there’s really not a lot else you can do. Besides, the benefits of delegation are huge. Below, we’ll take a look at 3 things that will keep your business going when you can’t.
Knowing how to delegate effectively or give work to others is a great skill that all business owners should have.
If you can’t delegate, a number of issues could be present. It could mean you’re not confident enough in your team. It might also mean you’re not confident enough as a business owner, or even both. By practising delegation, and knowing the benefits of delegation, your business will run much more smoothly. Also delegating effectively means you won’t need to worry so much when you’re not there.
All you have to do to delegate effectively is pay attention to what your team’s strengths and weaknesses are, and the level of responsibility you believe they can handle. In fact, being forced to make these kinds of decisions is one of the many hidden advantages of delegation!
You can get many of the benefits of delegation without people by using machines instead. There are all kinds of software out there that can help you to automate things in your business.
If you do something every day, chances are, a machine can do it for you. This is so beneficial as it saves time and you free up mental energy for other tasks. Figure out what you can automate and you won’t need to worry so much if you can’t work for a little while.
Being able to outsource work to other companies or people is also important as a business owner. It’s a special, more low key form of a business delegation.
For example, you can’t be expected to manage your own IT, so outsourcing to a company like Charles IT is the only sensible option.
You can also outsource things like content creation, and if you work alone or with a small team you could even consider a virtual assistant. Outsourcing might seem expensive when you can do things yourself. However, the benefits of outsourcing – like the benefits of delegation generally – greatly outweigh the costs.
You’ll have so much more time and energy, and you’ll be able to complete the things that only you can do to a higher quality.
It’s Ok To Take A Break If You Need One – if you need some time off, such as a few days or even a week (providing you know you can be gone for that long) then do it. It can be scary, but returning feeling better will be more beneficial than plodding along feeling lethargic and unhappy. This is one of the biggest benefits of delegation there is.
Invest In Your Employees And You Won’t Have To Worry About Delegation – invest in employee development and training and when you have to delegate you won’t have to worry at all.
Lastly, but very importantly, if anything is going to change, even for a short time, do the decent thing and let clients know. They will appreciate your honesty and it’ll ease any fears they may have.
That way they get the usual benefits of your business’s service, while you get the benefits of delegation. Everybody wins – which is the essence of the entrepreneur (to create added value).