I was just released from the hospital yesterday. I went in for surgery on Tuesday morning and had a two-night stay in recovery. I’m home recovering right now and I won’t be able to return to my teaching job for a few weeks, and I took a short leave of absence from the Vine and Scents the Moment (my personal businesses). During this time of recovery, I’m well aware that the show must go on for my businesses and job to be successful. It comes down to delegating and time management.
The first thing I did was to delegate responsibilities for my teaching job to a substitute teacher. I outlined all of my lessons for the days I knew I would be out and submitted them all to my administration and the sub. I let my students know I would be out so they could also prepare. Making people aware of your needs will help them to help you.
I knew I would need help at home, so I asked my husband to take a few days off of work during my initial return home from the hospital. I’m not able to bend or stretch, and he will need to help me with lots of basic tasks until my wounds heal. Be forthcoming and honest about your expectations of the people you ask for help.
I leaned on RoseMary, my Vice President of the Vine, to help me run the business while I am recovering. I asked them to field any member questions and to provide customer service. In order for them to best perform these duties, I had to be explicit about redirecting to them. Inform people about who they should contact to obtain specific help.
The key is to recognize that as your business grows, you cannot do it all. It will be tempting to manage everything on your own to try and save money, or because your scared of relinquishing some responsibilities, but you have to ask yourself if your business is ready for true growth? If you want to expand, you will need to delegate.
Start by delegating tasks in your personal household. One of the first things I did when my businesses started to grow was to hire a housekeeper. While I realized that I personally struggled with this because of the societal expectations of me as a wife, as a woman, as a homeowner meant cleaning my own house, I was ready to break those boundaries to free myself to concentrate on my business.
Start by recognizing which tasks absolutely need to be done by you compared to those you could outsource. For my maker business, Scents the Moment, I decided that I not only didn’t need to do my own photography, it would be better off if I hired a professional. That’s when I hired Bryan Maes of Inspiration Studios. This allowed me to free myself from trying to take photos that I didn’t have the equipment or skill to do. Then I started paying freelancers to work on different parts of my website and do my graphic design work. I had more time to concentrate on personally connecting with my customers and physically making my products.
It will cost money to begin to delegate, but in the end, you will make more money because you have the time to spend on working parts of your business that only you are capable of doing. It’s worth the investment.