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Delegation: The Key to Growing Your Business

February 21st, 2013 by Renee in Entrepreneurship

It is every small business owner’s dream to not only run his own company but to run a company with potential and growth that will be financially successful and make a place in the business world. When growth starts to happen, as an individual owner of a business, you have to decide where and how to expand. This expansion will entail hiring employees, a prospect not all small business owners are familiar with.

The first thing you’ll need to decide when hiring some extra help is just exactly what kind of help you are looking for.

Do you want someone to help you with the actual production or service of your job? This would mean that you would be spending less time doing the actual work yourself. This is a fine option for those who find their strengths are in management rather than production, or someone whose business is such that anyone with the right amount of training would be able to produce quality product.

If on the other hand, you are particular about the actual process of your business and need to keep that part of it for yourself, then you’ll want to hire an administrative assistant who will meet and greet or do research, take phone messages and manage your business site.

It all depends on your business and your personal abilities and interests as to who you will hire. If your business site is very independent you might want someone who does research or marketing or makes contacts and writes up contracts.

Basically, since you are the boss, you can hire someone to do any aspect of your business that you either don’t have time to do, or don’t want to do. And that’s how you decide what to delegate to an employee: Ask yourself a few questions to get started:

1. What am I doing that I would prefer NOT to be doing?

Find someone else to do it—preferably someone who actually enjoys this activity.

2. What am I doing that someone else could be doing better than me?
Your goal as a business owner it to provide quality products and/or services if you need to hire someone, hire someone who is good at it.

3. What does my business need to do to keep up with ever-expanding demand? Hire someone to do the “new” tasks that you do not have time to do.

The list of needs is nearly endless when it comes to running a business and only you as the business owner can decide what part you feel most comfortable delegating to a person you hire. But if you ask yourself a few pertinent questions and can find someone who answers those questions, then you will be doing what you are best at doing and so will they and ultimately you will create the best combination for a successful business.

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