Delegation 101 for Small Business Owners

Delegation doesn't come naturally for many small business owners. It's a complete change of pace from what most business owners do during the startup phase -- i.e., everything! But that doesn't mean it's not possible.

A big challenge that comes with delegation is avoiding micromanagement. If you have trouble letting go and compensate by trying to keep your fingers on every part of your business, you are undoing any good that can come from the delegation process.

The articles shared here will teach you the ins and outs of delegation, help you identify if you have a problem with micromanagement, and give you advice on how to create a thriving, efficient team.

How to Delegate and Grow Your Small Business

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Effective delegation starts with a desire to offload some of your work so you can focus on growing your business. Without delegation, your success as a small business owner is limited. Until a team is developed and daily business management responsibilities are delegated, the business can't grow and, as a business owner, you will likely be overextended and highly frustrated.

This article walks you through seven steps that will help you delegate effectively in your small business. 

How to Get into a Delegation Mindset

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There is no denying that it is hard to let go of control and trust that everything will work out the way you want it to when you're no longer hands-on and in the middle of every part of your business. But letting go it a necessary part of delegation.

To delegate effectively, you need to think like a delegator, and that often requires a change in your "I can do it all" mindset. This article provides some powerful tips for adopting a delegation mindset. 

What Not to Do When Delegating

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Knowing what you should be doing when it comes to delegation is important, but it's equally important to know what you should avoid doing. There are some things you can do that will stop the progress you've been making in delegation and set your team back.

Keep these five delegation no-no's in mind as you work on building a team and delegating effectively. 

Are You a Micromanager?

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You might be a micromanager and not even know it. And it's not entirely your fault. Most micromanagers don't know how to delegate and interact with their team, so they revert to thinking that all of the business responsibilities are on their shoulders, watching over what the team does, redoing work, and stopping the flow.

That's why it's so important to identify if you are a micromanager. This article will help you make that determination. 

How to Stop Micromanaging Right Now

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If you just discovered that you are, in fact, a micromanager now is the time to do something about it. You will never achieve your business goals if you can't let go and allow your team to do what you hired them to do.

This article walks you through five steps involved in stopping micromanagement and building a better team.

Small business owners who are successful at delegating have the time they need to focus on growing their businesses to new levels. The articles included above will give you some ideas about how you can delegate effectively while being reassured that nothing is falling through the cracks in your business.