For some reason, entrepreneurs and business owners aren’t always eager to delegate. It’s as if admitting that one cannot take on the full workload and run a business alone is an embarrassment on par with failure. However, the opposite is true – if your business has grown to the point where you can no longer run your business alone, chances are, you’re on the path to success.
Rarely will an entrepreneur suddenly discover they’re in over their head with menial tasks and the minutia of the day-to-day. Usually, it’s a discovery that happens over time and starts becoming apparent months before the full realization is reached: You simply can’t run your business alone anymore. You need some additional support and someone to take over the minutia that’s keeping you from realizing your company’s full potential.
The signs that you can’t run your business alone anymore are often the same. Here are 8 signs you need to call in outside support – if you do, many entrepreneurs recommend hiring a virtual assistant (VA) to handle the tasks you don’t have time for. Our virtual assistants start at just $300/month.
8 Signs You Can’t Run Your Business Alone Anymore
1. You’re angry at work
Getting angry at work because you’re annoyed by certain tasks or areas of work – like customer service – is a glaring sign that you shouldn’t run your business alone anymore. Not only can you damage your company’s reputation by being rude to customers, you’re also placing unnecessary stress on yourself by chaining yourself to tasks you hate.
2. You feel like you’re going through the motions
Repetition makes any task boring, and if you’re bored by your work, you won’t do the best you can. If you feel like you’re going through the motions at your business, it’s a sign you don’t need to go at it alone anymore – you need to hire someone to help out, and soon.
3. The day-to-day has grown beyond your ability
The minutia you handle daily at your business has gotten more and more involved, taking up large amounts of your time that could better be used on something else (see #4). Examples include marketing (email, social media, content, etc.), accounting and administrative tasks, and customer service/client interactions.
4. Core tasks are going unfinished or being ignored
In the beginning, your core tasks had most of your attention. Now that your business is growing, they’ve fallen to the wayside a bit and they’re going unfinished or being ignored entirely. That’s problematic for your business, which will suffer if you’re bogged down by the day-to-day.
5. Someone else could do that task better
Yes, you might have a surface understanding of website design/email marketing/social media/accounting, but are you truly the best person to do it? If you know that you could find someone else who could do that task better, do it. The results will be worth it.
6. Your personal life demands more of your time
John Lennon sang, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” And oh (beautiful) boy, isn’t it true? Being a business owner doesn’t make you invincible to personal problems or circumstances in life that will demand more of your attention than your business currently does. It’s one sign that you should hire some additional help, at least until things calm down.
7. You don’t get to concentrate on what you enjoy
You probably started your company because you were passionate about it. You used to enjoy coming to work because you were able to concentrate most of your efforts on the tasks and work you enjoyed. But now that you’re busier, you don’t get to concentrate on what you enjoy as much. It can be disheartening, but it’s just a sign that you need to delegate.
8. There’s never enough time in the day
If you’ve found yourself wishing for more time in the day, it’s a sign you need to bring in some help. A virtual assistant is the most cost-effective option for “buying your time back.” In fact, a virtual assistant can save you more than 2 hours per day, effectively giving you those hours back to use as you wish.