Do Yourself A Favor, Fire Yourself!
Monday, September 21, 2015 at 11:04AM
Denny Christner in Business Planning, Running a Business, Startups

If you are a small business owner and entrepreneur you probably wear way too many hats. This is necessary during the infancy stages of your start-up, but unhealthy for you and your business as you grow. As the brainchild of your service or product, you are probably not the best person to handle HR, accounting or even janitorial issues. Your time is much too valuable to take away from the primary purpose of your business. I'm not discounting the importance of operational roles in most businesses, in fact most are very important and very specialized. You need to fire yourself if you're in growth mode and hire professionals so they can do what they do best and you can do what you do best. 

Most successful entrepreneurs realize their own limitations and understand that they need help. Even Henry Ford admitted to not having all the answers, but being able to contact the right people to get the right answers. Sometimes the best thing you can do for your own sanity and for the success of your business is to let go and let others take control where appropriate.

As a startup you can wear your "multi-hats" with honor and brag about all you do. Once you reach capacity and hopefully profitability, you will just look foolish doing everything. Most entrepreneurs have control issues because they want everything done to perfection or at least their opinion of perfection. However, the best entrepreneurs know they are not perfect and that someone else can probably do a specific job for which they were schooled and trained for better than themselves. Delegation is key to the continuation of your business. Focus on your passion of growing your dream and fire yourself from the positions you should not hang on to. 

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