How to Delegate to a Virtual Assistant Part 1: Delegation does not mean giving up control of your business
Delegation is perhaps one of the most difficult things a small business owner will have to learn how to do. Simply, it can be very hard to let go, especially if you are a solopreneur and used to doing things for yourself, by yourself. On the one hand, it’s quite rewarding to build something for yourself, from the ground up and the sheer satisfaction of do-it-yourself success is likely one of the reasons you went into business in the first place. But if the administrative management of your business is eating up all of your spare time, or cutting into time that could otherwise be spent on your own sales, clients, and/or billable hours; if you’re suffering from stress or you feel like you’re just spinning your wheels to try to get everything done, it’s time to consider delegating to a virtual assistant.
Before we explore the process of effective delegation, it’s necessary to dispel a common myth:
Delegation does not mean giving up control of your business.
When you delegate, it can feel as if you’re giving up control of your business – and it’s true that on some level you are; you’re relying on another person to effectively execute something for you. But practice and the right virtual assistant can help alleviate that fear of loss of control. (Use our Questions to Ask a Prospective Virtual Assistant to help ensure you do find the right VA for you and your business.) When you’re working with someone who knows what they’re doing, and can consistently meet or even surpass your own results, delegating will no longer be a challenge, but a relief.
Andrew Carnegie may have said it best:
The secret of success is not in doing your own work, but in recognising the right person to do it.
Delegating gets the ‘clutter’ – the tasks that eat up time in your schedule – out of your way; freeing you up to focus on other, more important tasks that make you money. When you delegate, you practice skills inherent to business success: forethought, organization, communication, management, and teamwork. Most successful business owners and executives would argue that learning to delegate effectively has further empowered them and actually helped facilitate reaching the greater heights of success.
Delegation is the art of working smarter, not harder.
In this series of articles we’ll discuss how to identify and delegate the business administration tasks that are cluttering your own schedule.