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Being a small business owner can sometimes be quite overwhelming.  There is so much to do and not enough time to do it.  Sometimes you are a one man band and have to do everything yourself.  In fact many times you want to do everything yourself because you don’t think anyone can do it as well as you can.  One of the ways to handle this is to learn how to delegate.  There are certain activities you should absolutely do yourself.  But there are many you can have someone else do.  Finding interns who will work for you for school credit is a great way to find an extra set of hands you can assign certain tasks to.
Every business has limited resources, and every manager has limited time and attention. Outsourcing is another option that can help you to shift your focus from peripheral activities towards working on high value activities.  There are companies out there that will help you find professionals to do things like computer programming, bookkeeping, or acting as an assistant.
Upwork.com is a platform for companies to hire and work with independent professionals. They have freelancers from around the world that you can hire and they make the process very easy.  Hiring and training staff for short-term or secondary projects can be very expensive, and temporary employees don’t always live up to your expectations. Outsourcing lets you focus your human resources where you need them most.
Delegating to others is not only helpful, it’s crucial to your success. As you advance in your business and begin taking on larger and larger projects, you won’t be able to juggle all of your responsibilities and keep up with a high standard of work, too. Yes, delegating may take more effort up front, but in the long term, it will save you time and allow you to focus on the bigger, more important aspects of your company.

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