1. You regularly run out of time in your day.
Are you scrambling at the end of each day, constantly pushing tasks to tomorrow’s to-do list? Or damaging the business by bottlenecking projects or payments? You’re adding unnecessary stress to your already busy life, and not maximizing your productivity in the hours you put in.
2. You’re putting off tasks you hate..
You might not be a numbers person, but when you were starting out, you needed to do the finances yourself. Now your business is bigger. Managing the finances is tougher, but more important than ever. Putting them off can leave your business at a standstill, and force your team or your clients to chase you (when you should be there for them). If the tasks you hate are getting left for last or putting pressure on your team, it’s time to share the load.
3. Mistakes are being made:
A missed deadline, an error on a spreadsheet or a botched conversation with a client can have a serious impact on your business. If you’re pushing things off, working slowly on tasks you dislike or burning out from overwork, mistakes are that much more likely.
4. Your business is growing and the tasks are much more complex now:
As a one-person show, it was easy to manage finances, sales, marketing and execution. But now that your business is larger, its needs are that much more complex. And there’s so much more to get done. To keep your growth on track, these challenges require a deeper, specialised expertise to solve.
5. You’re turning down great new projects:
When new projects and opportunities arise, are you filled with excitement—or disappointment, because you can’t take them on? If you’re turning down work because you don’t have time to manage new projects or clients, or because your team is burnt out, it’s time to add additional resources.