Do what you do best - let someone else do the rest!!

Unless you have had your head buried in the ground these past few months you can't have failed to read all the doom and gloom and misery in the news. Personally I switch it off, it serves no purpose apart from making people miserable.

You have worked hard to get your business where it is, you deserve to make a success of your business, but why should you try and do it all on your own?

Whatever your skill or trade, as a small business owner, you may find yourself wearing too many hats, trying to be the Managing Director, Finance Director, Sales and Marketing Director and Operations Director. It is hard enough carrying out one role, let alone several.

The key is to concentrate on doing what you do best, and to let someone else to do the rest.

You may well be capable of earning upwards of £40.00 an hour in your main role. Does it really make sense for you to be doing the admin tasks as well? Is that really the best use of your time? What I am suggesting is that you look at the roles that you either dislike carrying out, struggle to find time for or are just not skilled at and outsource them. It will save you both time and money, and in the long term it will also save you stress.

So what type of tasks can you outsource? You can outsource your bookkeeping, invoicing, producing and mailing quotes, chasing payment for invoices, diary management, email management, website updating, mailshots, telemarketing, call answering, internet research, pretty much any task you can think of. Personally I won't do your ironing for you but I will find you a lady who could!!

Virtual Assistants are one solution to the above. They are experienced, efficient and extremely cost effective. You don't use them unless you have work for them, and you only pay for the time you use them. No more paying for staff who are on holiday, off sick, sat drinking coffee or chatting about last nights TV. You don't have to worry about adequate office space and resources such as computers, desks, software etc. They have their own.

Do you need a Virtual Assistant? It may already be extremely obvious to you that yes you do, or you may need to think about it, in which case grab a piece of paper, and every time you carry out a task you dislike, dont have time for or are not skilled in, then just make a note of it. Do this for a couple of weeks and see what you end up with. Where is your time being wasted? What is spoiling your enjoyment of your business?

Working with a Virtual Assistant is better than working with temporary staff, as over time we learn your business, your likes and dislikes, your Client base, your work ethos. We care for your Business as if it were our own, and from experience can often suggest actions or systems that you may have overlooked. Sometimes you can just be too close to a problem to see the solution clearly.

Ask around for recommendations, the majority of my Clients are all referrals. Ask to see testimonials. Remember, there is no commitment with a Virtual Assistant, other than the initial contracted period. So what have you got to lose? Give it a go today, and you may well find it is the best business decision you will ever make.

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