You don’t have to do it all yourself

March 18, 2011

I’m guilty of not trusting anyone else to do as good a job as I know I could do — or at least as I think I could do. This makes me very bad at delegating. Why would I ask someone to do a task when I fear that I might have to re-do it anyway?

This very issue was recently discussed in a story at — what happens when you take on more than you can handle, and how your business will suffer.

The point of the story was that although having passion for what you do is a great thing, you can’t allow yourself to get overcommitted. You can find yourself with more business than you can truly handle, with simply not enough hours in the day to follow through what your promised your clients.

So what do you do when you find yourself in a position where you are so overcommitted that your business is suffering? The two easiest options are to either hire help, or reduce your number of commitments — or both. You can’t clone yourself, so if you can’t do the work, you’ll need someone to assist you.

As the story points out, your clients actually benefit from this — if you’re not stressed, you can do a better job. And if you really can’t give a commitment your all, don’t feel bad about saying no. Doing a job with half the effort doesn’t benefit them, either.

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