It’s right before lunch and I’m sitting here with a lot on my mind…

I’m thinking about how I just uplifted my life from California, a place I’ve known for most of my adult life and just moved to Florida with my husband Sean, my son Luke, and soon, yes the newest member of the Andros-Buckley family.

And I’m sitting here in a moment of gratitude for all the amazing things I’ve been able to accomplish in my life and my business, specifically the ability to make a lot of money doing the work I love.

From the outside it may often look as though I do it easily, but the reality is that it takes an amazing team to make it all work.

Having people I can rely on to help me focus on the tasks that I do best so that I can be in my brilliance and still make sure everything gets done.

This is high on my mind as imagine the impending arrival of our newest family member, and how in order to keep the business flowing smoothly, I will need even more help.

I remember back when I first started, I ran the business as a 1-woman show. I shot videos, I edited them, I uploaded them.

I was sure to share them on social media.

I planned my own programs, I designed my own web pages and I programmed everything myself.

It got the job done, but it was exhausting.

Why? Because I knew I was spending a lot of time on tasks that weren’t in my brilliance and I would have been better off outsourcing them to others so I can stay in the place where I have the most value to my clients and I can ultimately make the most money.

Outsourcing or delegating is the single biggest decision you can make if you want to take your business to the next level.

If you’re doing it all by yourself because you think you can’t afford to hire someone then I invite you to start thinking about how much money you are actually losing by not paying someone else to take things off your plate.

The reality is I’ve made more money by paying others to do things for me than by doing it for myself.

The money I’ve spent investing in my team and the right people has afforded me the chance to do so much more than if I had ever done it alone.

As a mom and entrepreneur, my time is extremely valuable. I have limited hours in the day and yet there’s always a lot to get done.

My family doesn’t stop because there’s work to be done so outsourcing and delegation is your secret weapon.

I’ll be blunt about something I’ve not shared out loud. In order to be successful you must get serious about delegation.

This is how to outsource, so that you can be a better business owner, parent, and get your life back.

I’m not going to go heavy into detail on the process of finding the right people, but what i do want to speak about is how to begin the process of knowing what you should hold onto, and what you should give away.

What are you the best at in your business?

What can you do that no one else in the organization can?

What are the few areas in your business that provide the most value to the organization that if someone else took it away from you, it would cause damage to your brand?

The odds are, there are 1-2 things. In my business, my highest value comes from the videos i make, and the programs I teach. It is not in uploading videos, editing them, crafting keynote slides or choosing fonts.

My value is the only thing I focus on because it generates the most money for my business.

What are your weaknesses?

Get honest and get vulnerable with me. What aren’t you good at?

What have you been doing because you think you’re supposed to?

Not sure, then possibly check out the Kolbe test. It’s a great assessment that will show off your strengths and weaknesses.

Now that you know your strengths and weaknesses, let’s list out all the tasks in your business.

Go on and do it.

Because if you can figure out all the different to-do’s that make your business run, and see where those tasks fit into your strengths and weaknesses, then you can quickly see what you can pass off.

I really am not sure how I would be able to keep my business running at such a high speed if I was doing this by myself.

The requirements of being a parent of two kids (one who needs you all the time) is grueling, but outsourcing and delegation has been a God send.

I share this now because the sooner you start to embrace this philosophy, the better off your business will be. Thank you for reading.

What have been your challenges with outsourcing or building  your team?

I would love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment below and share.

Blessings,

Maria

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23 Responses to “Why Delegation Makes You A Better Owner (and Parent)?”

Leave a Reply to Erica Molett

    • Maria Andros

      Pete, Awareness is the first step and getting honest. You just did both. Now you have a choice! Way to go. Delegating changes EVERYTHING. If it weren’t for that we would not have the business and life we do today. You’ve got this!~ Blessings, Maria

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  1. Kelly Blaser

    Good stuff and impeccably well timed, as is often the case with your emails. Grateful I’ve joined your course and looking forward to the day that I actually do what you are suggesting above, so that I can actually take advantage of your course and create some video content!!
    xo

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    • Maria Andros

      Kelly, I am so happy to hear this. We are happy you are in the program, all you need to do is take the next step, not ten 🙂 Take one step and see how good you feel, even if you login and do one module and exercise. You can do this. Believe! Blessings, Maria

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  2. Nena

    Maria,
    This is such a blessing. I was researching outsourcing this morning. I wish I would have hired someone a year ago. This has been the biggest challenge for me. I’m excited to have someone that can take on the technical aspects of my online business. Thanks so much!

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    • Maria Andros

      Nena, God is an on time God. So glad you got value from this. Start today. TIP: expect resistance at first, be willing to release control and your life will become even better when you impliment this. Grateful for you. Blessings, Maria

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  3. April Simmons

    Thanks Maria,
    I run a tea room all by myself and today happen to be exhausted to tears! I truly don’t have the money or ability to hire, but this increases my faith to hold on for that!! Blessings to you!

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  4. kate

    I am right at this stage in my business now. I’m starting webinars – and holding workshops, and I realize that I really SUCK at power points. I know there are people out there who can do them much better than me – so why not just hire them? Same with video editing. I HATE sitting at the computer. So – it’s time to hire someone. I’ve been hemming and hawing – this was the nudge I needed.

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    • Suze Bouwer

      Hi Kate
      I’m also embarking on the webinar journey and glad to be in touch. I cannot find a good HOW TO resource – have you?
      I am desperate for a step-by-step.
      Greetings from South Africa!

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  5. Gerry Garcia

    I totally agree with you. I am finishing a patent on 7 steps to stop bully behaviors. After that I would like to launch a parent coaching business. How would you recommend me to do this. My website is not converting.

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    • Maria Andros

      The first thing I would look at if you are having conversion issues and trouble is to get a coach. It doesn’t have to be us yet you need to make sure you are not winging it and doing it on your own. Conversion always comes down to skill level and if you are not seeing it it means you have either 1. a messaging issue 2. a volume issue. 3. a sales issue and or all of the above. I don’t know your situation and would recommend you find a reputable coach. That is why we help our clients in our year long program because no man or woman is an island. Hope that helps you! Blessings, Maria

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  6. Britney

    I absolutely love the power and passion that speak from. I am grateful for you sharing your journey with us because it makes things more real. My question is however, what if this is really not the time to hire anyone? How do you accelerate the process to get to that point where you are generating enough income that you can delegate and focus on what you are good at it? Believe me I have no doubt of what you are saying is real and powerful but the question is what do you do when you don’t have enough clientele yet and you are trying to make sure that your videos and materials provided look more professional and investing a lot of time making them yourself? What is your advice on that? Would love to hear that! Peace and blessings <3

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    • Maria Andros

      Britney, it is never about the money it is about priorities. You could start with having someone help you 5 hours a week even for $12-20 an hour. It is about priorities and how quickly you are willing to step into your value. Again I can’t do it for you, and will give you the tough truth so that you can make a new choice. Blessings to you!

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  7. Rachel

    This message is coming to me often lately – I just finished Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Work Week and have now read your blog 🙂

    I wondered if you have any recommendations regarding Virtual Assistants. I like the idea of delegating tasks that are not in my “sparkle zone” but I am overwhelmed by the options of Virtual Assistants. I am even open to international services, but am just not sure where to begin. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks!

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    • Maria Andros

      Hire My Mom is a great place as well as upwork. Keep it simple and work your way up. So glad you loved the message and got value!

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  8. Anna Korkman Lopes

    I have only during the last few months become very, very conscious of the importance of building a team. There are many things that even if I can do them I know I cannot hold on to them because they are not the most valuable use of my time. I wen’t for too long thinking I could not afford to hire any help – now I’m kicking myself for all the time I lost while I could have gotten much further much quicker with a team. Thanks for bringing up this subject – it is truly vital!

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  9. Meicha

    I learnt this important lesson the hard way. Delegation is an important step in moving upward, releasing the reigns and making space for yourself to be free. #delegatelikeaqueen

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  10. Erica Molett

    Maria – Thank you SO much for this blog! It is right on time for this stage of my business. I have a great full-time career and in the evenings I am building a business that can double my income. It ain’t easy and I often feel as though I drop the ball in areas. I am working to create a sustainable business that still allows me to KEEP my day job (crazy, huh?). But, I must learn to delegate wisely and invest in good talent to do this!

    Again, thank you for this wonderful article and all of your hard work! You are truly a Go-Giver!

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  11. Akua

    I appreciate the post on this issue except delegating presumes you already have the resources! What do you suggest if you cannot pay your team upfront?

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  12. Toni

    I’m so glad I found you! I’m a control freak and have a hard time delegating, but I’ve been trying to do more of it! This post was very timely, because I know I need to delegate my content creation if I have to level up my game! Thank you for sharing your stories!

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  13. Hazel

    Love this post, Maria. I’m self-aware about what I’m good at and what I’m not. This post is a great help.

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