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Many business owners try to do every little task for their startup. It’s not uncommon to see a startup founder trying to design his company’s logo or giving himself a crash course in programming to fix one small bug in his app.
Stressful as that sounds, it’s difficult for a lot of business owners to say ‘no’ to work, because they refuse even the idea of losing control over their processes. “Whether it’s to an opportunity, a client, a meeting, a task, or something else,” according to Neil Patel, co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics, “many people think that to say no is to admit one’s weaknesses and limitations.”
As a business owner, remember you're only human and only have so much time and energy to spare. You can’t do everything. “If you want to build a successful company, give up control,” says Paul Brown, co-author of Just Start. “You can try to micromanage but: the business will never grow bigger than one person can handle effectively; the company won’t be able to move very quickly.”
Even if you have exceptional time management skills, without delegating tasks to your staff, you spread yourself thin and stunt your business’s growth. At some point, you will need to hire help.
Remote help is an option for many, but how do you know if it’s a good solution for you? Here are the signs.
Local Talent is Too Expensive
It costs money to hire talent. “In addition to the salary and benefits, there are a number of other costs,” says Beth Greenwood of Demand Media in a Chron article, “such as recruitment, the need to create a new workspace, equipment, training and in some cases, relocation expenses.”
While these costs continue rising in some geographical areas, they remain affordable in other countries. So if you’re strapped for cash and you would like to scale safely, consider hiring offshore remote talent. It’s entirely possible to leverage talent from a more affordable hiring market while still maintaining control over your processes.
You’re Pressed for Time
You need to focus on the tasks necessary for company growth, especially if these are tasks only you can do. These tasks can include talking to partners, mapping out the overall direction your business is going, and making important decisions. You don’t have time to learn WordPress development just to get your blog running, and you have better things to do than to stay up all night managing your social media campaigns.
“You may think that you can get things done better and more efficiently than anyone else,” says Rhett Power, co-founder of Wild Creations. “That might even be true, but all the time you are spending doing jobs that other people could be doing is time that you are not running your business.”
You’re Working In Your Business, Not On It
Your company isn’t likely to grow if you spend too much time doing scut work instead of improving your products or boosting your marketing efforts -- business activities that your customers witness. For your business growth to be successful, your customers have to feel the impact. Hiring remote talent is an option for you if you find yourself doing too much work but not moving the needle.
“You have to learn to delegate and get as much off your plate as possible, as soon as possible to the right people,” says Adam Toren, co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com. “Don’t be everything or you’ll burn out.”
You Need Consultants, Not Grunts
Running an entire company and growing it will leave you with little time to mull over nitty gritty details and the decisions that come with them. If you need to delegate some decision making, you can fill in roles with full-time remote help.
Don Fornes of Software Advice shares ways to focus on personality types and decision-making techniques in building a team:
- Matrix thinkers are creative problem solvers who are constantly scanning their environment for information. They are artistically expressive and "think outside the box." They make brilliant marketing strategists, web developers, creative directors or executive-level leaders.
- Savants are intelligent, hardworking individuals who are exceedingly talented in a single field. When free to follow their specific working routine, they can focus on projects intensely. Savants are often skilled writers, artists and engineers, and their prolific nature can make them your company's top producers.
- The champ is your quintessential salesperson: zealous, dynamic and driven to be the best. Champs are confident in their ability to succeed, and they often do. They are great communicators who read people well and don't discourage easily.
- The giver is your ideal customer service agent, always putting the needs of the customer, the company and their co-workers ahead of their own. They are team players who always follow the rules, and they are the type of people you'll find coming in early and staying late.
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