Delegation Resistance Leads to Business Failure

Many of us hesitate when it comes to delegating aspects of our business and personal lives to others, and there are a variety of reasons why.  Have you ever heard yourself saying…

  • No one else can do the job as good as I can
  • My clients trust me and want to work only with me
  • I can’t spend the money especially when it is something I can do myself
  • It will take too long to hire and train, and I just don’t have the time right now
  • I will lose control regarding the way things are done
  • I am afraid someone else might do the job better than me, and I won’t look as good

Do any of the above reasons for NOT delegating resonate with you and prevent you from delegating?

Well it’s time to put these reasons aside and start looking for ways to delegate going forward.

I know, this may be difficult for some because as business owners especially in the beginning or start-up phase we have the expectation that we have to wear many different hats to keep our businesses moving forward. And that is true to some extent, but you don’t want to stay in that mode for long.

And why? If you don’t start delegating at some point all of the following will start to happen…

  • Your business will stay small, and you won’t be able to break through your income cap
  • You will feel overworked and stressed out which can lead to losing passion for what you do
  • You will have little time to market to keep your pipeline full of potential clients so you can break the feast or famine business cycle
  • Your productivity won’t improve because some of the tasks you are doing aren’t the ones best done by you

And what happens when you aren’t making enough money, you feel overworked, you struggle to get clients, and you lose your passion for what you do? You are way more likely to close your business and do something else. That’s why delegation is so important.

So let’s get your delegation ideas flowing by taking a look at the many ways you can delegate below:

  • Hire a bookkeeper and/or accountant
  • Hire a web designer instead of doing your website yourself and get the added benefit of having a professional-looking, search engine optimized and client attracting website that brings in more business
  • Automate whenever possible – set up a way for clients to book their cook days online, take credit cards and charge your clients automatically on a monthly basis, use a food store delivery service, set up an auto responder email series so when you add someone to your list a series of relevant and useful information automatically goes out to your new list members over time on a schedule
  • Get help in the kitchen with the simpler tasks like cleaning dishes, cutting up ingredients, labeling and storing food
  • Train a team of personal chefs to go into people’s homes to cook
  • Hire someone to mow the lawn, clean the house, do the laundry so you have more time to work on your business or to take some much needed time off
  • Make sure everyone in your family contributes equally to getting the family chores done
  • Hire someone who is an expert at the strategies used to get business via social media and let them do at least some aspect of the work
  • Hire a virtual assistant – you can use them for just the number of hours you need per week

If you start getting comfortable with delegating, you are going to be way more productive as a company, you will get more clients, earn more income, and you will have a lot more fun doing what you do.

What other ways can you think of to delegate? Please share your thoughts below.

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