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Trust Your Team

Don't be afraid to delegate. You'll empower and inspire your employees--and make the most of your own time, too.

This story appears in the November 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Many people become entrepreneurs to break away from the control that corporations exert on employees. They leave the 9-to-5 business world excited to set their own agendas and schedules. But the truth is, our entrepreneurial endeavors can end up ruling us, making us their servants.

Being anything other than totally consumed by your business takes steadfast resolve. After all, the success of your business lies squarely on your shoulders. Every decision seems strategic and urgent. It's natural to want to micromanage everything, from creating new marketing materials to fixing the fax machine.

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