by Melany Klinck
You may be the highest-paid player on the team, but if you’re taken out of the game, who could take your place? The small-business owners in this story lived through extended–and unexpected–absences. They learned why backups are not optional.
Delegation doesn?t come easily to small-business owners. ?No one cares about my company like I do,? you think. How could I trust someone else with such a huge piece of my life–not to mention, my livelihood?
But sometimes delegation isn?t optional, it?s necessary. None of the small-business owners in this story planned to be away from the office for so long. Who would fill your shoes if you were out of commission for two months? In big companies, there are enough procedure manuals and people to fill a hole if an employee is out. But few small businesses have such luxuries–especially when the person missing is the owner.”
– Teaching your employees to function without you is just good business sense. It’s real importance shows up when something serious happens to you. Don’t just think about setting something like this up, do it. It will also help you expand your business by letting you set up new stores/shops and feel assured that they will function properly (this is how franchises work). -ed.