Developing your business is something that all directors and team members should spend time doing. Growing custom, creating contracts and delivering excellent service or product is key. Thinking about the future is also something that people spend a lot of time doing, but really only you know what needs to be done to make your business successful and what you need to be getting on with to make this happen. So where does all your time go? If you find that too much of your valuable time gets spent on laborious tasks which could be delegated to a virtual assistant – reap the benefits of an extra pair of hands without the cost of a full-time staff member.
Virtual assistants can be used for short-term or long-term hiring or just for a singular one-off project. Whether you need a telephone answering service that needs to be handled with ease, holiday and sickness cover for existing staff or an admin task that you need by a deadline. The whole idea of a virtual assistant is to free up your hands to give you the freedom to do what you do best.
Think about what you need
Initially, you need to think about what you want from a virtual assistant. What sort of relationship do you require from them; do you want them to update you by telephone often, send you important information by email or do you simply require a detailed end of day report. Are you looking for a project manager who can act by their initiative or someone that you can dictate tasks to as when they are needed? Being clear to your virtual assistant and knowing what you require will often lead to you being able to see how much time you are wasting and you are prepared to delegate.
Be aware of the services available
Don’t just hire a virtual personal assistant and leave them running in the background, continuing to do the same job that you employed them to do months ago. It may be that they have been very good at managing your diary and taking your calls, but that service could probably be developed for other areas of your business too. Sales calls, marketing material, social media management, and bookkeeping – their skills go on and on. In Purple Haze the team members all have different skill sets so if you are looking for something, in particular, it is likely there is an expert ready to take it off your hands.
Be Ready to Perform
So, the weight of endless paperwork and admin has lifted from your workload. You have seen the results produced by your VA’s and can now trust them to represent your business in a professional manner. Now, what do you do? You get out there, you do what you do best. Let yourself be inspired again and focus on moving your business forward.