We all have aspirations, the things that we would love to do. Some of us aspire to writing a book, taking up a photography course or tackling some DIY projects in order to transform our homes. The issue is time. The demands of daily life simply get in the way of us fully realising our potential.
It’s the same in business. We may have grand plans for growth, diversification or change that will help us to become more efficient and effective at delivering what our customers want. The issue is that for every item cleared from the in-tray a further three appear. Daily demands for our time and attention can often hinder our plans to improve and expand our business to its full potential.
So, how can we take control and free up our valuable time to work on our dreams?
The answer is to delegate some of the tasks that are a constant drain. At home you might hire a cleaning company to help you managed the chores or set up a home delivery service for your weekly shop. In the workplace, you could hire a Virtual Assistant to take on a range of administration and customer service tasks.
As with a cleaning company, a Virtual Assistant might be booked for a one off blitz, to help you get back on top of things, tackle a task that is proving a particular headache or provide a level of cover when you are on holiday. Alternatively, they can be employed on a regular basis to free up your time, so you have the energy to commit to a new challenge.
What can a Virtual Assistant do?
A Virtual Assistant could type up reports, chase up unpaid invoices, set up and manage a customer database or research new suppliers. They can professionally handle customer calls, help you keep on top of book keeping, take minutes at important business meetings or even send out Christmas cards to your valued customers and suppliers. There are many ways in which we can help and if you need more examples, please visit my Benefits of a VA Page: http://www.ccprofessional.net/benefits-of-a-va.html
Where to Start
If you think that a Virtual Assistant could play a valuable role in your business, a good place to start is by clarifying what would be most satisfying to delegate. What tasks seem never ending and prevent you from developing or growing your business? What could you confidently hand over and trust a Virtual Assistant to complete?
With a clear idea of where you most need support, you will be in a strong position to find a Virtual Assistant with the right skills and integrity to match your requirements.
In order to build up trust, you may want to start with a couple of smaller tasks to ensure they are completed on time and to your standards for the agreed fee. As you gain confidence in their skills, you may find more and more ways in which a Virtual Assistant can help. Never again will day to day tasks prevent you from realising your business aspirations!