One of the discussions I always have with small business owners is about how “letting go” may actually help them to grow their business.
It is always a difficult discussion because it seems counter-intuitive that you can grow by doing less yourself.
Look, I understand, for someone who has bootstrapped his business as I have, it is hard to reconcile growing your business your way, with getting others to do it for you.
I mean, you’re the one who knows how to do things right, aren’t you? You’re the one who works extra hard when that’s called for. You’re the one who has to figure it out if something goes wrong.
And on top of all that, how can you really trust someone else?
But, I tell them, it’s not a matter of “trust”. You have to create a structure where everybody knows what they are doing and why they are doing it, within a collaborative structure where everyone benefits in some way.
So there is some work involved but it’s worth it because, without the ability to delegate some of your work and responsibility, you cannot grow.