I’ve been there. You’re working long, difficult hours and dreaming of the day when you can hire a team to bring your vision to life fully.
You list the pros and cons on your scratch pad: Your company is growing.
But you’re not ready to add someone permanently to the payroll.
But if you did, you could grow even faster. Is it time to take the gamble?
This dilemma is exactly why I founded Workplace Harmony.
My motto: You are the pilot of your own plane. When I asked myself what I would do if money weren’t an issue, the answer was clear: I would support and guide small businesses to building phenomenal cultures and awesome workplaces. After all, a small business is really the embodiment of someone’s dream.
So, what’s my advice on when it’s time to grow: Start by asking yourself, what could I do if I left this task to someone else?
Growing smart starts with figuring out what only you can do and what you can delegate to a freelancer or an employee. Delegation is not a dirty word. It adds to your bandwidth and allows you to train and invest in an associate.
Finding tasks to break off to an employee or contractor is a chance to be intentional about development and growth. Delegation is a lesson in knowledge-sharing. You have to be comfortable and build trust.
Don’t box yourself into the belief that only you can do certain things for your company. A growth mindset means analyzing where you can get more bang for your buck.
To understand better what work could be delegated, ask yourself what the consequences would be if the task weren’t finished on time or if it wasn’t up to your quality standards.
If you decide to hire help, remember to set clear expectations and deadlines. Discuss the desired end result and be clear and consistent with your boundaries. Express the importance of the task.
Be OK with letting go, at least some. It’s hard, especially if you’ve built your business from the ground up. There is only one of you, and if you’re feeling stretched too thin to keep up with the growth or to fully fill a gap in the market you’ve identified, it could be time to take the leap.
And we’re here if you want to talk through the options.
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