For salon owners, watching your business succeed is so rewarding. You’ve worked hard to get to this point, and you want to make sure your hard work continues to pay off. Since this is a familiar feeling among any salon or business owner, it’s easy to find yourself taking on a lot of responsibility; sometimes, too much. Delegating is an important skill for all salon owners to possess. Think about how many moving parts there are to the functionality of your salon; for things to run smoothly, delegation is critical.
There are so many benefits that come from delegating tasks and responsibilities to your team. Things like, client management, product sales, scheduling, social media, and marketing, the list goes on and on. While you may want to dive headfirst into these tasks, so they’re done correctly, it’s better to efficiently delegate the tasks that you may not have time for, or find to be in your wheelhouse of expertise. Doing this will free up your time to focus on more significant tasks like networking and growth.
To properly delegate tasks and responsibilities, put a plan in place. Remember, delegation isn’t pushing things you don’t feel like doing onto your employees. It’s about improving your functionality and time management as a leader, getting your business to run efficiently, and working towards further developing the skills of your valued team.
Create a Process
Before you start delegating to your employees, make sure you build your process. Make a solid list of all of the responsibilities that don’t fit within your schedule, things that you know your team will handle well, and even enjoy doing. Your list can be compiled of different tasks that have both high and low priority levels; it doesn’t need to be limited.
Identify Strengths and Weaknesses
Have a meeting with your team, where you discuss how and why you want to delegate specific tasks throughout the salon. Find out what team members are willing to take on or what they may excel at. You’d be surprised to see how their previous experiences may have provided them with the skills you’re looking for!
Trust Your Staff
Your salon staff is a crucial part of your business’s foundation and success. After you work with them to decide which tasks they will regularly handle, it’s important that you’re confident in their abilities and trust them along the way. Sometimes, it can be difficult to “let go” (your salon is your baby!); but learning to trust your team members is a great way to keep things running smoothly without taking on too much on your own.
As your team takes over different responsibilities throughout your salon, be sure to follow up regularly, so you’re still involved in the internal functions of your business. Just because you’re passing on different tasks to your team, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stay on top of them. Show your team you want to be involved and use your leadership and entrepreneurial skills to help them develop further within your salon.