There is a big difference between doing and managing. I’ve freelanced as a content writer for over 5 years and now I’m getting my first taste of managing others.
Currently, I’m managing a small team of three, which includes another writer, as well as a social media marketer and a Facebook ads specialist.
Mastering the skill of delegating is crucial to being able to scale and grow a business. It’s scary to relinquish control and allow someone else to do something you usually do yourself, but it’s something you must to do if you want to get to the next level and not remain a solopreneur.
So far, I’ve learned a few things that can help:
1) Spoon-feed. Something may be obvious to you but not to the person you hired. Prepare notes for them, communicate clearly, and give them everything they need to succeed.
2) Don’t micromanage. Resist the urge to hover and nitpick. Even if you think you can do a better job (you probably can), you need to give them breathing room to thrive.
3) Empathize. Put yourself in their shoes. Maybe you’ve been on the other side of the table (I have). Understand their needs for direction. Pay fairly and on time. Be kind.
4) Make peace with disappointment. Consider yourself lucky if they get it right on the first try. If they don’t, you likely didn’t communicate clearly. Have patience and be willing to help.