If your business is just starting out, chances are that you will be doing almost every task at hand. From designing graphics and setting up your website, to creating products/services and marketing them, it will be you running the entire show on your own.
But what happens when your business starts to grow?
When your traffic starts to spike, you start getting more email inquiries.
When your blog posts become popular, you have to respond to more comments (and deal with more spam).
When your social engagement is good, you need to keep it up by posting regularly on all social media channels.
When people like your products/services, you’ll have to keep up with the demand.
Trying to do it all in a growing business, is just not realistic.
You need an extra set of hands (or two).
What you need is a team!
The most important thing to do as your online business grows is to build a team to support you.
But do you really need to hire a team?
Here are some symptoms that may indicate that it’s time for you to start building a team for your online business.
You are struggling to balance it all. Up to a certain point, you will be able to take care of your home and family, and run your business with ease. But there will come a time when your business grows to such an extent that you’re struggling to get everything done on time.
Things start slipping through the cracks. You forget dinner on the stove, miss a deadline, and find you just can’t keep up with this schedule and stay sane at the same time. That is a flashing red sign that it’s time you got some help on board.
You spend too much time doing tasks you’re not good at. You know what you are good at, and you’ve built your business around it. But so often you find yourself working on certain aspects of your business that you really don’t enjoy.
You spend hours doing things that might take others just a fraction of that time. Wouldn’t your time be put to much better use, doing the things you’re actually good at?
Whether you’re a mommy blogger, or an entrepreneur, you can certainly manage it all in the beginning. But as you grow, you need to expand your boundaries, get some help and start delegating.
What tasks should you delegate?
When you set up systems for your business, you have a clear picture of all the roles within the business, and the specific tasks within each role. Identify those roles that you are not very good at, but which are crucial for the smooth running of your business. Also make note of the tasks that take too much of your time. Those are the tasks you can think of delegating.