You know that learning how to delegate tasks and outsource to-dos is the key to making passive income and growing your business.

But what are you supposed to do when the mere thought of letting someone else take the reins makes your more squeamish than watching them adjust their contact lens?

Letting go is never easy, but once you get comfortable with delegating appropriate tasks to your team members, you’ll be freed up to actually – get this – run your business.

Figure out what your shortcomings

The easiest way to figure out how to delegate and what to delegate is to figure out what you hate to do.

Take a gander at your to-do list. What’s been sitting on there for eons that you’re absolutely dreading? It could be anything from rewriting your Twitter bio to figuring out a new invoicing system.

If it’s not integral to the meat of your business (read: it doesn’t absolutely have to go through the filter of your mind, body and soul), it can be delegated!

Delegating stuff you hate to do is much simpler than delegating stuff you enjoy, so take advantage of your disdain, hop on ODesk, and hire an affordable virtual assistant to start checking items off your Wunderlist.

Do your homework

Learning how to delegate is all about preparation. Take a load off your mind and the mind of your contractor by creating specific tasks to be completed.

If you hire someone to “do social media,” the assigned task(s) and the subsequent workload are far too vague and potentially overwhelming to be measurable and successful.

Instead, get hyper-specific about what you want done, and how you’ll know when it’s been completed.

For example, you can delegate the creation of Facebook posts, the hourly monitoring of your Twitter feed, or pinning your favorite Pinterest posts. By getting specific, you create manageable tasks for your contractor and measurable ways to monitor them.

Hire great people and get out of their way

Relax, Little Miss Founder’s Syndrome. You don’t have to do everything yourself. And believe it or not, there are some people out their who can run web design (or tax preparation, or inventory) circles around you.

So get out of their way, already!

You’re the business owner, remember? Think of it in terms of owning a restaurant. You don’t have to design the dining room, seat the guests, take their order and make the fries.

You do, however, need to hire a killer designer, flawless hostess, impeccable wait staff and the best fry-maker that money can buy.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced when it comes to how to delegate?

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