Delegating work is one of the hardest things for me. I’ve said before that it’s probably my worst trait as an entrepreneur. I know it’s the right thing to do. I know I should be doing more of it. It was even one of my new years resolutions. But there’s just something holding me back from being able to effectively delegate. I think it’s a couple things….
As an bootstrapping entrepreneur, hiring people takes money directly out of your pocket. Sure, your “re-investing” back into the company, but that is a tough pill to swallow (at least for me it is)
It takes a lot of time to teach somebody else how to do something. Way more time than just doing whatever it is.
And then you need to make sure that you have enough work to keep people busy. If your bootstrapping, and the money is coming directly out of your pocket, busy work doesn’t make sense. You have to make sure that your delegating work that is making a difference.
So far with Purlem I’ve been my only full-time “employee.” I’ve given it a shot here and there to delegate out work. But nothing has ever stuck, probably caused by a combination of the things above.
So I’m faced with two options with Purlem.
- Continue to path as a solo entrepreneur, and see how far it can take me. It’s done me well so far.
- Hire somebody that can help out with some of the things that could contribute to Purlem’s growth.
I’m leaning towards hiring somebody. There’s not enough work for a full-time gig. But there is certainly things that can be done. From improving the help section, to helping design and develop custom PURL landing pages.
If you know of an aspiring web design guy/gal, eager to learn, with a keen eye for clean design, let me know.
I know, this is probably one of the strangest job postings every. But hey – I’m being honest 🙂