Tips for Business Owners: Share the Work

You’ve been working and working and working…but your revenues aren’t moving forward. That whole “work smarter” thing can set your teeth on edge, but here’s what it really means: Finding a way to do what you do in the hours that you have without burning out and/or losing sleep every night of the week. Here are some tips to help you juggle everything a little easier:


Delegate the small stuff to someone else. If you hate, hate, hate doing the schedule, find someone on the team who can help. Set up some times for training to get that person up to speed, and once s/he’s trained, say goodbye to the one task you hate most. You’ll be amazed by how great you’ll feel. Delegating can also mean using short-term contractors to help you when you’re on a bigger job. For example, you may need more people for one job, but not for the long haul.

Get Help Hiring Team Members

Team up with an employment agency that specializes in short-term contracts, aka “head hunters.” One of these companies can help you find the right people with the right skills for short-term projects. Once you establish a relationship with an employment agency, the people there can be a great resource when you’re looking to hire more permanent workers, too.

Swap Services

Trading responsibilities can also be a great way to get what you need without breaking the bank or your back. Do some work for a CPA, and she does your quarterly accounting. Build a small project for your local hardware store and get a discount on new tools for your business. Install some tile for your local plumber and get a hot water heater installed. Most small businesses establish trading relationships because every business owner knows how tough some years can be. They also know that you’re all in this together. Talk to your local small business association to find out how you can create more opportunities to share the work and then pay it forward. It’ll lighten your load, and possibly do the same for someone else.

Do What You Know

Lastly, focus more on doing what you know. If you’re the foundation expert and you’re taking on roofing projects just to pay the bills, it can add hours and stress to your workday. Even so, you have to be practical, too. If foundation work isn’t enough to keep you afloat, branch out slowly. Start renovating smaller rooms, like laundry rooms or garages. As you become more confident in your skills, take on bigger jobs.

Hire Smart

Probably the most important point of all, hire a great mix of people who can share the responsibilities and take some of the load off the boss.