For many business owners and entrepreneurs, there are just not enough hours in the day. When it comes to running a business, there are many elements that need your attention, and it can feel like you’re constantly spinning plates hoping that nothing comes crashing down.
It can be hard handing over control of some elements of your business, but by delegating daily administrative and operational tasks to someone else, you’ll instantly see the benefit of having more time to focus on your product or services.
Below are five signs you need a virtual assistant and someone to help lighten that load:
1. You’re Drowning in Emails
Email management is always going to be high on the priority list, especially if this is vital to customer service and the running of your business.
It can be disheartening to have a full inbox and not enough time to respond or action any emails that require your attention.
By having someone to help support your company’s inbox, you know that emails will be responded to in a timely manner and anything urgent for your attention will be flagged.
2. You Spent the Last 30 Minutes Sorting out a Date for a Client Meeting
Amazing – you have a meeting with a key client. Not so great is the time to organize both your calendars for a suitable time and date (let’s not even mention when it has to be rearranged).
By having a virtual assistant, they can help arrange these meetings on your behalf and add it to your calendar once all is finalized.
3. You Don’t Know Were Anything is Saved
When you’re juggling many aspects of your business, you can be forgiven for forgetting to file away your document or save copies of the latest client contract.
A virtual assistant can help to organize your documents and keep them saved in a logical place and order so you know exactly where to find what you need.
4. You Know There is a Better Process but Don’t Have the Time to Research It
Sometimes you find yourself thinking, “There must be a better way!” This could include the implementation of a digital tool to help you save time or perhaps even a logical checklist of things that have to be done for each client so nothing is forgotten.
A virtual assistant can help research and implement the best tools and processes for you and your business.
5. You Can’t Keep up with All the Invoices
When business is doing well and you have clients and money coming in, making sure you’re paid on time is vital to the success and growth of your company. Trying to juggle the day-to-day running of the business and keeping a track of where your money is can be a struggle but one you need to keep on top of!
By having a VA send out invoices, chase payments, and make payments to suppliers, you know the life blood of your business is under control while you focus on bringing in more revenue.
About the Author
Sian Curtis-Golds is Commercial Director at ADAVIRTUAL Business Support – a virtual business support company dedicated to helping small businesses with their administration and operations so they can concentrate on growth.