Starting a business: the art of delegating work and letting go

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Starting a business: the art of delegating work and letting go

Starting a business will prove to be one of the biggest challenges you will take on professionally. And because of your emotional investment, personally too. It becomes an all-consuming, 24-hour concern, with you up in the early hours of the morning pouring over deadlines, wages, and clients. But, at the end of the day, it’s worth it.

You might be tempted to be plugged in constantly, but never switching off is harmful. It may surprise you to hear that you can actually step back from time to time.

Part of what will drive your business to success is those nuances that you commit to that others don’t. You NEED a certain level of obsession with your business to stay focused and committed, not to mention to have steadfast resilience against the stresses that come with it. The key is knowing where to draw the line on habits that hinder your physical and mental wellbeing.

We understand just how attached you can get. You’ve poured your heart and soul into your project. Spent countless restless nights behind a screen. Passed on so many social opportunities, you’ve written yourself off the invite list. It’s become an extension of you. It’s your baby so to speak. But you don’t need to be overprotective. Yes, being cautious is critical, but if you’re trying to be bigger than yourself, there comes a time when you need to trust people around you. By trusting your employees, delegating work, and making time for yourself away from work, you can increase profits and productivity without losing your sanity.

Teamwork

Let’s talk about trust. Simply put, don’t hire employees that you don’t trust. If they have proven that they are capable of meeting deadlines, using their initiative, and working for the greater good of the company, then you have someone who you can put your trust in. Of course, it’s natural when you’re getting started to debate whether or not your new employees are trying to thrive or are simply doing the bare minimum.

If employees show that they lack interest in the role, then you’re right to worry. But don’t waste your valuable time and energy by chasing up work. Instead, hire employees who share your values and outlook – this is something you can iron out during the application process. A team on the same page is a productive team. Make sure roles are defined and structured. That includes you. With each person knowing who does what, you can create a seamless process.

Responsibility

At some point, you will have to delegate work. This might be the most significant exercise in trust you face, but you can’t take on everything yourself.

Presumably, you started your own business so that you could be your own boss and support other’s development. Burning yourself out, as the boss, affects not only you, but also your employees.

See, one thing we haven’t mentioned is that trust is a two-way street. You have the responsibility as an employer to provide a solid, stable foundation. You need to provide the platform on which they can excel and grow if they so wish. They also need you to ensure they have a job. If you get burned out, you risk your whole business crumbling beneath your feet. Beneath your employees too.

By delegating work and trusting your employees that respect should come back to you. Together you can create a business that brings in fantastic clients, bigger profits, and most importantly can help your employees to grow, learn, and develop.

Your business is your baby, but your employees are there to ‘babysit’. You don’t have to be on red alert 24/7. Remember to give yourself a break too. Not doing so is bad for you, your staff, and your business.

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Alia Coster