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Hands up who doesn’t wish they could magically add more time to their day? The demands of everyday life are exhausting enough for most people, but add to that working to get a business off the ground and running it single-handedly and ‘normal’ life becomes an almost superhuman effort. Most people start their own business because they have a passion for what they do, becoming their own boss to get off the 9 to 5 treadmill, only to find that trying to do everything themselves within their business makes them feel like a hamster on a wheel and can often leave you working 24/7, which is not what you wanted or thought would happen!
The realisation that you aren’t Superman/woman, (no matter how fabulous you are!) is an important lesson to learn. So, what can you do to help you take back control, grow your business and have a life as well?
To start with you could consider hiring a virtual assistant. Virtual assistants can be cost- effective and an extra pair of safe, specialist hands. But obviously, you might have your doubts; after all, your business is your baby. Here are 10 reasons why you should at least consider hiring a virtual assistant;
It’s natural that business owners have concerns about whether they can afford to hire in help, but think about the money you could be making by following leads or calling clients, when you’re being bogged down by administration instead. Or consider the extra hours you might have at your disposal to get some much needed ‘me’ time because you haven’t spent as much time with your head in the paperwork or scheduling calls and meetings.
Above all, a good virtual assistant will get to know a client’s business inside out, and their role is to make your life easier; who can say that they don’t really need or want that? Are you still wondering what you could outsource? Here are a few things to get you thinking. Diary management, an up to date diary is so important to any business but perhaps you’d like someone to schedule those meetings, book calls and appointments for you. Travel management, a VA can take care of all your travel plans. Website maintenance, an up to date website is so important to your business and a virtual assistant can ensure that your website is always current. Preparing and sending invoices, let’s be honest; handling invoices can be an arduous task, if not time-guzzling, why not let a VA do it for you? These are just a few ideas of what you could outsource but, when it comes to a virtual assistant almost anything goes.