Is this you?
You dreamed of owning your own business, doing what you love and enjoying
unlimited earning potential. You researched. You planned. You prepared. Finally,
Your dream was realized…and then your business started to grow! Could it get any
better? Well, yes, but if you’re like many others, you may have encountered one
unexpected challenge along the way: Are you drowning in the day-to-day
administrative tasks necessary to make your business successful?
Managing emails. Bookkeeping. Writing articles or newsletters. Processing
invoices. Answering phone calls. Scheduling appointments. Marketing. Customer
Service. Travel Planning. They all take time. Unfortunately, time is in short supply
when business is booming.
The work needs to be done, but you don’t want to do it yourself and you don’t want
the cost or the hassle of hiring an employee, right?
So what’s the key? A virtual assistant.
Virtual assistants provide a wide range of administrative services to small
businesses and individuals. They are independent contractors who work from
home, use their own equipment, occupy their own space and pay their own taxes
and benefits. Best of all, they charge you only for time spent on your particular
project(s). They typically have years of administrative experience under their belt
and most are amazingly budget-conscious.
As an emerging industry, virtual assistance is quickly becoming a valuable asset to
individual business owners and a must-have in the small business community at
large. Handing off administrative tasks to someone with the tools and know-how to
complete them quickly and efficiently is saving many businesses untold amounts of
time and money. A virtual assistant is undoubtedly a worthwhile investment.
BONUS: 4 Tips for Working with a Virtual Assistant:
1. Start small. Don’t be afraid to “test the waters” by giving your new virtual
assistant a small project without a huge budget. It may take time to find a virtual
assistant with whom you work well.
2. Be specific. Virtual assistants like to know exactly what’s expected of them.
Provide as much detail about your project and your needs as possible.
3. Forge a relationship. Establishing a strong, lasting connection with a virtual
assistant will benefit you enormously in the long run. You will be surprised how
much you come to rely on his/her knowledge and expertise.
4. Remember, your virtual assistant is not your employee; they are small business
owners themselves, partnering with you to achieve success. This is a win-win
situation because when you succeed, they succeed.