Within a small business, it can be hard to delegate. Some managers avoid delegating, preferring to oversee and undertake tasks themselves to ensure they’re done correctly. Some feel uncomfortable with the idea of asking their teams to be responsible for the things that come their way. But with such a small team, it might be that there is no one to delegate to. It raises the question; is it ever easier to delegate? Or could it be easier to do themselves as it saves time training others to do a task?
The positives of delegating are that it is a vital aspect of business and management, which involves defining tasks, setting expectations and investing training, trust and authority in the people who make a business tick.
However we might feel about delegating, there’s no escaping the fact that it can be a game-changer if it is done right. Yet all too often, we get used to doing things the way we like them done. Why change what isn’t broken?
Delegating means sharing the load, here are just a few of the ways you can do that.
It can be a laborious process, particularly for those whose business provides a wide range of different services. Contact details need to be obtained, perhaps payment details too and those things take time. It might not be much, but throughout a business, a year it adds up, and you might be surprised.
Invoicing can seem to be a big responsibility to hand to someone else, but you never know; it might make a difference to them and how they see their role growing.
It will undoubtedly have an impact on you and your workload.
Work-related emails can eat into a day in a way that few other tasks can. How many really need a reply, how many need your immediate attention, and how can you answer them correctly when you might be out of the office or in a meeting for the morning..?
Delegating your email management can have a massive impact on your ability to focus on the things that matter, such as growing your business.
Having a single point of contact
Imagine the scene; you’re late for a meeting, stuck in traffic or stuck at home due to illness. As an owner or manager, it’s overwhelmingly likely that any one of those scenarios won’t be solved by a single call.
If you’re late for a meeting, you might need to let a whole host of people know. If you can’t make it to the office, you probably need to make a lot of different people aware…
A single point of contact, such as a virtual assistant, can do all those things; contacting that one person is a lot easier than getting several; we can even create a pre-built SMS for you to do just that.
We can then go on to notify every on your behalf.
Time & Diary management
Delegating the responsibility of keeping your diary organised can feel like a big step for many. Yet, it’s almost always a step they are glad to have taken.
Yes, it takes trust, especially if you are used to keeping your own diary, but the benefits are clear. Imagine working with a person dedicated to making your working day and appointments and critical times and dates run as smoothly as possible. Delegating that to an experienced, responsible and professional person can transform your working week.
LinkedIn & Social Media management
Company social pages can really make a brand shine, and professional LinkedIn pages can help network and build reputations. Those who manage that know there is no easy fix; you have to put in the time and the resources.
If you have a business to steer, though, it can impede you; it can also eat into your evenings and weekends. Delegate it to enjoy all of the benefits with none of the drawbacks.
Why not make a start on delegating some tasks so that you can concentrate on growing your business? A virtual assistant makes delegating simple, and we know the best ways to perform all those tasks to your high standards. Why not book a free 30-minute call to find out more.