Following on from our recent post (There Is No Shame In Outsourcing), it is important to offer practical ways in which to go about addressing the support problem that so many small business owners seem to have.
Getting help in your business is important both for everyday function and ongoing growth. It is all about putting your trust in someone else in order to leverage your time and gain unforeseen advantages. Surround yourself with people who will lift up your business and become champions for your success.
Here are some practical ways that you can start to build your own business village.
Where To Start
To begin with, make an assessment of the tasks you need to delegate. Are they large, small, generalised, specialised, ongoing or one-off? Answering these questions will help you to decide what type of assistance you need to recruit. Think about the skill sets required for these types of jobs, how many hours are currently spent on these tasks, and what kind of funding you have available to execute it.
How To Get It Right
Outsourcing is a form of delegation. It can prove to be an extremely effective method for getting work done, without having to directly employ additional people. For each area that you are looking to draft in assistance, you should be able to:
Understand and describe your tasks effectively
Maintain clear and open dialogue from the start
Ensure that you have realistic costings and timelines in mind
Perhaps the biggest pitfall when delegating is the potential for the product you end up with to either be below standard or different to what you expected. This can mean spending money twice in order to get it done correctly once. The key here is to invest some time in checking websites and references. Ask for qualifications and feedback. Do your research.
By building your network you are assembling a team to help provide those essential elements of support within all areas of your business. Being able to delegate effectively will free you from stress and allow you to spend your time in a more meaningful way. It will mean the difference between success and failure.
Find out how The Admin Assistant can be a part of your successful business village.