The Need to Delegate
Updated: Aug 7, 2018
The following is an article “The Need to Delegate”
by Marc Primo.
Being an entrepreneur means you may have to be a jack of all trades. Everything from an accountant, hiring supervisor, marketer, and CEO all at once. Along with this time commitment, beginning a company also requires a lot of money. So, it is only natural for us to try doing everything ourselves and save a bit of cash.
Many business owners use their savings to fund parts of their business if not all. When it comes down to it entrepreneurs seem to have less free time than regular job holders. An entrepreneur needs to have an always on the clock attitude or at least this is the general consensus. Most admit to working weekends and even holidays.
Going from employee to employer can be harder than you might think. As a new business owner, you can feel as if you are giving birth to a fragile creature (idea) that can't make it out in the world without you. The money and effort you put into it can be taxing to anyone. This is why delegating in one of the most important lessons an entrepreneur can learn. Successful entrepreneurs learn to seek out talented individuals and recognize when those talents surpass their own. When you don't delegate you wear yourself thin and end up making mistakes, you wouldn't otherwise. Trying to handle everything yourself also, leaves all the hard decisions and the pressure that comes with that in your hands, this can lead to “decision fatigue.” When our brains are overworked, and our decision-making powers are diminished, making reasonable decisions grows harder and harder.
Naturally, assigning significant tasks to newcomers isn't always a straightforward task. However, the reality is, you can't do everything alone and you have got to learn to choose others to take the lead. The sooner the better. Effective delegation starts with the hiring process. It is very important to find employees who you can trust and can rely upon. It is also necessary for you to make sure your business is flexible enough to deal with surprises. Meaning results should not depend on one person alone. Your operations must be consistent and transparent enough to allow you some degree of freedom.