I find that one of the main differences between successful businesses and those that don’t do as well is the ability of the owner to delegate effectively. Delegation is one part science and one part art. Knowing what and who to delegate to is part of being effective.
Delegation is not abdication.
When you ask someone to take over a job in your company you are delegating a task or responsibility. This doesn’t mean you can assign the task and forget about it. Or at least most of the time you can’t.
When you ask someone to take something on they will probably need a little support. Are you willing to help provide that support? If not, then delegation is not going to be in the cards for you.
Know the skills of the people you delegate to.
If you have an administrative person who’s never done bookkeeping you might want to think twice before you have them take over your checkbook. Make sure that when you delegate an activity the person you delegate to has a good chance of doing the job well.