Most business owners learn very early on that they need to delegate, and most need to delegate more business responsibility than they do. When you start delegating and your business grows, the challenge becomes how to delegate without abandoning your responsibilities.

There is a line that all business owners walk, where you want to delegate, but you’re a bit afraid to – especially at first, because you think no one else can do things as well as you can, or you simply are afraid things won’t get done at all if you don’t do them.

Just the opposite is true. When you have a team you can delegate work to, it frees your time up to do other things in your business. You can focus your attention on the bigger picture, the things that grow your business even more.

Hiring a team affords you the opportunity to delegate, and leverage your business. But, the thing you don’t want to do is delegate and then never look at those things again.

Remember, when you delegate things to your team, you still have to have systems in place to make sure what you’re delegating is getting done and getting done properly. If you don’t have systems in place to follow up on the things you’ve delegated it’ll cost you time, energy, money, and in some cases a lot of frustration.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re delegating things dealing with the finances in your business, customer care, or how to handle leads as they come into your business, or if you’re delegating related to your management systems, you have to have checks and balances in place. As the business owner, you’re the one who is ultimately responsible for the outcomes in your business. You’re the one who is ultimately responsible for the success or failure of your business.

Now, are things still going to happen? Yes, things are still going to fall through the cracks, there are going to be mistakes made, but if you have systems in place with checks and balances, you’re going to be able to fix those things before they become bigger problems, and they cost you a lot of money and energy.

So, delegate to your team, but remember that ultimately it’s your business and you’re responsible for what happens in your business. Set systems of checks and balances so you can spot check the things you’ve handed over to other people to handle, and you always know what’s happening in your business.

Author's Bio: 

Diane Conklin is an author, entrepreneur, coach, consultant, event planner, speaker and copywriter. Diane is a direct response marketing expert who specializes in showing small business owners how to integrate their online and offline marketing strategies, media and methods, to get maximum results from their marketing dollars. Diane also shows entrepreneurs and small business owners how to outperform their competition by measuring their marketing, and strategically use multi-media campaigns to stand alone in their marketplace as the go-to provider for their products and services.

She is the co-founder of Complete Marketing Systems and for more than 15 years has been showing small business owners how to start, build and grow Information Marketing businesses where they take knowledge they already possess and turn it into passive, ongoing, leveraged profits.

Through her company, Complete Marketing Systems, Diane helps event promoters market, plan and manage their live events, workshops and seminars, using cost effective, multi-step marketing strategies that put butts in seats, without the promoters losing theirs. As an Event Marketing & Planning expert, Diane has planned and produced multiple events grossing over $1,000,000.00.

As a business and marketing strategist, Diane has been involved in numerous campaigns grossing over $1,000,000.00 in sales several times in her career.

Diane has proprietary home study systems, coaching programs, and provides done-for-you services in the areas of Social Media, Information Marketing, Direct Response Marketing, Direct Mail and Event Marketing, Planning and Management.

As a speaker, Diane has shared the stage with the likes of Joan Rivers, George Foreman, Dan Kennedy, Bill Glazer, Lee Milteer, Harry Dent, Lee Phillips, Fabienne Fredrickson, James Malinchak, Dov Baron, Peggy McColl, Marshall Sylver, Alex Mandossian, Marie Forleo, Barbara Corcoran and many others.

Diane was voted Information Marketer of the Year for her innovative marketing strategies and campaigns.