In my last blog, I explained an exercise called the Keep vs. Delegate Exercise. It’s an exercise I designed to help business owners figure out which activities they should delegate so they can focus on the things that really fill up their energetic gas tank.
Many coaches without full practices have a philosophy of, “Why should I hire someone to do something (and spend the money) when I have time to do it myself?”
Here’s the simplest answer:
When you delegate, you free yourself to do the activities that make the biggest difference in your business.
Hiring someone is about getting a return on your investment of time, energy and money. When you do things you’re not good at and that you don’t enjoy, it actually becomes far more expensive than the hourly rate you would pay someone to do them: it costs you the most valuable resources you have – your time and your energy!
Before I had my baby, my assistant was working about 7-10 hours a week. When I actually sat down and did some calculations, I realized that by paying her to work very part time, I gave myself an extra week every month.
That’s twelve weeks I got back annually for a very small investment!
As a result, I worked fewer hours per week (30 instead of 40) and I was able to commit to speaking opportunities, business breakthrough sessions with more potential clients, and networking events that I wouldn’t have had time for otherwise. All those things wouldn’t have been possible were it not for my assistant.
If you’re on the fence about hiring someone, chances are it’s probably time to bite the bullet and look into it. Trust me, you won’t regret it.