Authored by Melissa Haddad on December 01 2019
Richard Branson is quoted to have said, "It's vital to the success of your business that you learn to hand off those things that you aren't able to do well." He further says, "I'm not saying that you should never try your hand at a new skill - entrepreneurs are usually insatiably curious." If there are things that you didn't accomplish in 2019, and if you have followed Richard Branson you know that his philosophy to growing a business is...delegation.
Just like most things in your business, delegating is something that is learned. It takes practice, trust and communication, and those all don’t happen all at once.Learning this skill is vital, though, if you want to take your business to the next level and accomplish those big goals! I personally have been in business for five (5) years as a Virtual Assistant and it took me just as much practice, communication and trust when I hired my own Virtual Assistant, as it does when I start with a new client.
So, if it takes practice, trust and communication, how do you learn to trust and how do you practice? To quote Nike, “Just Do It”. When you run a business, there is no magic solution to growth. You grow by putting in time and focusing your efforts where they are meant to be spent. You develop your vision and set goals around your vision. You learn new things and evolve your business over time. The point is, the time and effort invested in learning to delegate will give you more time to focus your efforts where they are meant to be spent…growing your business.
Here are 3 Actions to Take for the Biggest Growth Year YET!
Hire a Virtual Assistant. If you have read any of my blogs, you will know that this is a common theme and of course it is, this is my business, but I am not wrong. It’s not the first time you have heard it and it won’t be the last. Hiring a VA is the first step you take before hiring an employee because if you haven’t hired a VA, you have been doing everything yourself and you are likely not ready to keep an employee productive enough to sustain their employment. Hiring a Virtual Assistant will allow you to delegate various tasks to free your time to focus on other business development strategies that will bring in more clients, more money or more opportunities for more clients and more money.
Take stock of what goals you didn't accomplish this year. I believe looking at the positive is more effective, however in this situation, by looking at what you didn’t accomplish, you are able to ask yourself, “if I hired a Virtual Assistant, would I have been able to accomplish more?” The answer is yes, of course you would have. Assuming you are not self-sabotaging yourself, you want to grow your business and make more money to be able to do more, whether in your personal life or you professional life or both. Your newly hired VA will help you achieve your goals and will keep you on track to ensure you accomplish most if not all your goals for the year.
- Plan it and do it, with no excuses. I am an avid planner. I plan most things in my life, but in the past, when things didn’t go according to plan, I would allow defeat to take me out of the game. Now I plan and I execute, and if something happens, like life’s curveballs, I take the hit and get back up and continue with the plan. Plan out your year, starting with January and keep planning until you hit December. Plan out your marketing, plan out your goals, plan out your vacation, plan out your summer, plan out your events, plan out your entire life and once you do, start to execute January’s plans and continue on until December. By planning your year out, you will be able to see what you need to delegate and what “holes” you need to fill. Remember what Richard Branson said, "It’s vital to the success of your business that you learn to hand off those things that you aren’t able to do well.”
If you have worked in the corporate world prior to starting your business, you know that companies have departments with various responsibilities such as the Marketing Department, IT Department, Facilities Department or Customer Service. Up until this point, you have been all of these departments and more.If you really step back you will realize that although you don’t want to be like the “corporate world” you also don’t want to be, nor should you be everything.
Delegating various responsibilities within your business is a natural progression that all successful businesses go through. Whether you hire a CPA to do your business accounting, a Coach to help you develop your vision or a Virtual Assistant to help you run your business, it means you are growing and getting help to ensure you are focusing on all the right things that only you can handle.
It takes a bitof time to learn how to work effectively with new team members – virtual or otherwise – but knowing that the tasks are being completed well, by someone else, can alleviate a lot of stress. This allows your creative or sales or whatever your strengths are to re-emerge, and you can get down to the business of those Big Goals. Make 2020 your best year yet!