You Aren’t Expected To Be A Superhero!
Superheros. Don’t you just love them? I grew up with the likes of Batman and Robin and Superman, so they were very much a big part of my life. In fact, I think we all love to have someone to look up to and looking out for us. But when that person is you, things aren’t quite as good are they? It’s hard work and high pressure looking out for folks.
So, today you don’t need to be a superhero, as we’ve got our own, just for the day, in the form of Thomas Sinfield from StandOutBlogger, a website I’ve only recently discovered, but I’m a big fan of. You can follow Thomas’s adventures on Twitter or on Facebook
. So, today Thomas is our Friday Follow (#FF) …. Over to you Thomas:
I don’t know if you have noticed, but most business owners seem to act like superheroes!
- They Work Insane Hours
- Try To Do Everything Themselves
- They Won’t Except Help From Anyone
- Yet They Continue To Do It – Day In, Day Out!
Just reading that list makes me tired, yet millions of small business owners
are doing this every single day – and they don’t see a problem with it.
But We Are Not Superheroes…
The problem with all the people currently in this recurring cycle is that they are NOT superheroes and you can only keep up such a hectic workload for a short period of time – before you burn out!
Suddenly the ‘9-5 treadmill’ isn’t looking so bad after all.
It Doesn’t Have To Be Like That!
The thing that I don’t understand is why people continue to work this cycle, when there is a much easier way!
1. Focus On The Important Tasks
Most business owners try to do everything themselves and the problem with this is since you are spreading youself so wide – you are not able to focus on the more important tasks (because it is usually the small things that are the most time consuming!). So start by writing down a list of all the jobs in your business, and list them from most important to least important.
Start to focus on the top selections of this list!
2. Outsource The Rest
Now I know you are thinking ‘but I can’t just drop the rest of my jobs to focus on 2 or 3 tasks!’ and you are right! Instead I want to tell you to LET SOMEONE ELSE HELP! I know that this is a hard step for most business owners, but it will be hard for your business to ever grow if you do not allow others to do some of your work. Depending on the tasks you can easily and economically outsource jobs overseas through one of the major freelance marketplaces – or if that seems like too big a step, why not consider hiring some part-time help?
3. Remove The Dependence On Yourself
Small business owners like to be in charge, but when it comes time to sell your business this can become a costly mistake. The problem with having a business that is dependent on you is that YOU BECOME THE BUSINESS. So why not start releasing your businesses dependence on you and give others some more responsibility – it will pay off in the long run!
These three steps are some of the hardest for small business owners to take, but are also some of the most rewarding.
So stop trying to be a superhero and watch your business grow!
Thomas Sinfield is an Australian blogger who is always looking for ways to simplify ‘complex’ processes! He blogs at StandOutBlogger and is currently working on creating a free video course teaching small business owners how to build their own website for under $100!