You value your time and probably already know that delegation is the key, but how do you go about it?
When you’re busy handling all the tasks in your business, the rest of your life can kind of pass you by! You just can’t find the time to get a handle on any of the other important things in life, such as looking after yourself properly, seeing your family or taking time to just chill out. That lifestyle can’t be maintained forever, and too long working and living like that can lead to intense burnout that’s difficult to recover from.
You need to transform your business… you need to delegate, and it really is that simple.
Delegation is of most benefit when viewed as a long-term solution, rather than a one-off occurrence. It must be done well in order to be effective, and good delegation comes down to… what, who and how.
What to Delegate
You can delegate the majority of your recurring tasks such as administrative tasks, diary management, social media management, graphic design, editing, copywriting, bookkeeping and customer service, to name just a few, this will free up your own time to concentrate on the income generating tasks that are core to your business, whether it’s product or service based.
Who to Delegate To
VAs are the perfect resource solution for many different types of businesses, operating both online and offline. With a wide range of skills and a wealth of business expertise, VAs are able to provide experienced and specialist support at the level of professionalism required by your business. Many VAs have a team behind them too and can revise support levels in response to business requirements, quickly.
How to Delegate
Even with a great team behind you, delegation must be done carefully in order to be successful. It’s important to be able to clearly communicate the outcomes you’re looking for, what you’d like to achieve, as well as if there are processes and deadlines by which you’d like tasks completed. If you’re not already clear on this, you can work with your VA to determine both the outcomes and the processes involved. Knowing this is important, so you both understand the actions and tasks at-hand and your expectations are aligned and clear.
Then… let the task go! Remain available to respond to communications, but don’t micromanage. Your focus needs to shift to your income generating tasks and your VA needs to be allowed to progress, and deliver the tasks assigned. Your confidence in delegating will grow – in knowing tasks will be completed to a very high standard and to deadline, and in appreciating your business is being consistently represented at an extremely professional level.
With effective delegation your business will become far less reliant on your time, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the new opportunities that present themselves. You’ll find you have more energy, build greater momentum, reach more customers, take some time out and finally work more efficiently, all of which helps to increase your earning potential.