1 Overlooked Key to Small Business Success

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,

you launched.

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.

Source by Amy Andrews

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