A lot of us home based professionals have had the luxury, in previous lives, of having staff to whom we can delegate some activities, thus making us more efficient. And even as solo, home based operators we have the ability effectively to delegate, for example by using one of the many virtual assistant services available globally.

And we’ve read the E-Myth and we know the theory about delegating, working on the business not in the business.

So why don’t we do it? Why do we wear, as a badge of perhaps perverted pride, the burden of being our own executive assistant, our own bookkeeper, our own researcher, our own sales force? And then get frustrated that you can’t get good staff these days .

Reasons will no doubt vary. Here are five off the top of my head:

  • No one does it as well as I do (there’s that ole E-Myth again)
  • It will take too long to brief someone
  • My client expects to deal with me directly
  • The deadline is too tight – this is a weekender and a late nighter
  • I have to share the profit (Update: added after Kathie pointed out I had only listed four

I have a hunch that there is a coach or two out there who could unpack this and show me very clearly how, with some strategic planning and more discipline I could unpack each of those “reasons” and find a solution.

I could probably do it myself. (I typed that before I realised how ironic it is – it deserves to stay.)

And anyway the voice on my shoulder says: But where will I find the time to do all that?


My solopreneuring colleague Shirley George Frazier prompted these thoughts this morning with her – as always – down to earth comments in the blog post Delegation Isn’t Always Possible.

When it’s time to work on a project, many times it’s easier and more advantageous for us to get it done on our own rather than spend time looking for someone to train. The project’s size makes a difference, too. If we believe it’s a manageable task, we’ll do it ourselves because timing plays a huge part in completing the work and getting paid.

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