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What Others Can Take Off Your Plate

July 12, 2013

Daily ReadWhat Others Can Take Off Your Plate

Everyone seems to have too much to do and too little time to do it, and if you manage a business you may be spreading yourself unnecessarily too thin. There are some things that others can do to help you free up time to spend on bigger ideas like strategic growth. Here are five tasks that you should consider delegating or outsourcing to others:

  1. Social Media – While you should still be overseeing the overall ‘message’ you are putting out through your social media accounts, delegating the actual publishing of tweets or blogs takes something off your to-do list.
  2. IT Support – Updating and maintaining software systems usually requires a significant time investment. Delegate this task to an office manager or employee comfortable with computer systems.
  3. Book Keeping – Cash flow is the lifeblood of your business, and knowing the day-to-day numbers of what’s due in and what’s to be paid will always be important. However, invoicing, bookkeeping and other necessary administrative finance tasks can be passed on.
  4. Customer Service – Once customer service guidelines are in place, there is no reason for you to serve as first point of contact for every customer query or concern.
  5. Production or Labor – A great problem to have is more business than you can handle. If your resources are already stretched thin you should consider sub-contracting out in order to maintain the quality of your work without over-burdening your employees.

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