Confidence and productivity are a must when you run your own business. They’re qualities that are simply expected to be part of any business model. Asking for help looks like a sign of weakness. Whether you’re assigning tasks on your own to-do list to employees, moving part of your responsibilities to your business partner’s desk, or even outsourcing something like IT or your social media management, getting help should always be considered a strength, not a breaking point.
What Do You Need Help With?
The first step to making sure you have everything you need to succeed is deciding which tasks have to leave your virtual plate. A good to-do list is a solid starting place. While Post-It notes here, there, and everywhere may seem like a good idea, the reality is that they aren’t the best method of keeping track of your business’ task list. There are, however, some apps that may prove useful. Fast Company offers a helpful list of the 6 Best Alternative To-Do Apps.
Once you see exactly what must be tackled on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis, it may be easier to assign some of that to other people in your organization.
Once you find someone to tackle what you may find yourself unable to, the key is to accept the help. You can’t continue to micromanage the task once you’ve handed it off. It will only limit your success. Attention to detail and a hands-on attitude is always going to be a must, but don’t take that to the extreme. You’re only going to ruin your colleagues’ sense of self-confidence and further damage your company. Find the line between being involved and over-involved, and find it quickly.
Asking for help can be difficult, particularly when it’s your company, but often it’s essential to help make certain you continue moving forward.