Running your own business is like having six (or more!) different jobs at once. You’ve got to keep a sharp eye on your finances, making sure you stay within your budget every month. You’ve got to design and execute effective marketing strategies to bring clients to your door. You’ve got to take care of the clients you already have. You’ve got to network within your community to make important connections with colleagues and vendors. You’ve got to keep investing time and energy into the service you provide to keep improving it. And, and, and! There’s an endless stream of work, and sometimes it just gets to be too much.
But there is just one word you need to know that can save you from burnout, frustration, and exhaustion.
What’s the word? DELEGATE
If you’re up to your eyeballs in work and feeling stressed, it pays to have a responsible, skilled assistant to fall back on. There is almost no end to all the services a good virtual assistant (VA) can provide for your business. She can relieve you in nearly any business task, such as:
- Customer service
- Website updates
- Social media posts and responses
- Automatic process setup
- Email and phone services
- Project management
- And so much more!
Let’s get a bit more specific. Sometimes it’s helpful to have things explained before you can recognize what would be the most helpful to you.
Secretarial Services: Your VA can manage your calendar, schedule and confirm appointments, handle word processing and transcription tasks, answer phones, coordinate travel reservations, perform research for you, and organize documents for storage.
Too busy to deal with setting up email software and accounts? Your virtual assistant can handle it all. She can guide you through all its functions and help you select which ones to use while you’re out of the office. She can also create a general information email address for your business that she can access and respond to when you are absent. She can even organize and archive all those emails that are clogging your inbox.
A VA can set up post office boxes or arrange for snail mail to be forwarded to her. She can review correspondence and respond on your behalf. She can fax, ship overnight, or scan and email anything.
Project Management: Any virtual assistant can help set projects up, manage their progress, and see them through to completion. She will be able to oversee the production, schedule, deliverables and personnel involved. She will coordinate with team members, answer questions, and keep everything running smoothly and on time.
Social Media: A VA can also handle your social media posts. If your business has a presence on social media, she or her team can work with you to create effective content and then pre-schedule it to post. If you are very engaged with your social media community, your VA can connect you with an inexpensive or free control hub program that enables you to interact across multiple networks from one place.
Automation: Your VA can help you create automatic processes so that boring or simple tasks need not suck up your precious time. Start small so that you can adjust the process as you go. For example, she can automate the general inquiry request from your website. Every time a request comes in, a welcome letter is sent automatically, which saves you both time and money.
Delegating business tasks to a VA means you’ll be able to relax, catch up on old projects, or dream of new goals. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much time you suddenly have when a professional assistant is at the helm and tedious tasks are automated.
If you are ready to learn the awesome art of delegating, I’m ready and waiting! Contact me today, and we’ll talk about how I can help you.