Once again, because of my money hangups, I was late to the outsourcing party. I had to shift my thinking once more and realize that a VA is not only an investment, but that it saves me a ton of time so I can focus on the stuff that matters in my business and my life.
Because of my VA I’ve been able to work on the Make Money Your Honey Academy, re-structure my business, create a new marketing plan, land new clients, travel and have more time for a personal life.
However, this has been a learning curve because I had to learn how to delegate. Delegating isn’t really something we’re taught. On top of that, the word gets thrown around a lot in the world of personal and business development leading to some eye rolling. We all know we should be doing it but have a hard time getting started.
Below you’ll find some quick pointers on how to delegate to your first virtual assistant.
Let go of the reins a little.
Want to know why so many millennial entrepreneurs have a hard time learning how to delegate? Because we’re Type A control freaks. We think we have to do everything ourselves.
Even when I had a regular job I would find myself doing everything and picking up the slack for other people. With my own business it was the same thing times infinity.
If we want to learn how to delegate we must first learn to let go. The world is not going to explode, no one is going to die and your business isn’t going to implode on itself if you just loosen your grip on the reins.
Figure out what makes money and what doesn’t. Leave the latter to your VA.
Oftentimes we don’t know how to delegate because we have no idea what we would actually hand off to another person. I know this was definitely the case for me.
A few months ago I decided to track everything I did in my business for two weeks straight. I noticed that I was spending a ton of time answering emails, marketing, researching, invoicing, PayPal-ing, and posting on social media.
This is time that could have been spent actually growing my business – like getting leads, networking, creating my next offering and closing deals.
If you’re not even sure what goes on in your business each day track it for a couple of weeks. Then, take a highlighter and mark everything that could easily be handed off to someone else.
You can start with the stuff you hate to do. One thing I handed over immediately was invoicing because I really hated taking the time to do it.
Become aware of when you are trying to do everything yourself.
I’m the kind of person that if I get into something I’ll just keep going. As a result, I’ve had to become hyper aware of when I’m partaking in tasks that could be handed off to someone else.
One thing that has helped me is to set an alarm each hour. When the alarm goes off I do a mental scan of any activities I did within that hour that I could have delegated.
Eventually you won’t really need the alarm and you’ll start catching yourself in the act. At that point just stop what you’re doing and delegate it to someone else.
Delegating is a huge topic I’ll be covering in the upcoming free webinar on August 19, How Millennial Entrepreneur’s Can Add $1000 to Their Bottom Line. Sign up below to reserve your spot for the free webinar.
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