Living out your dream as an entrepreneur and small business owner, is probably something you have wanted and worked towards your entire life. When you start off there are so many aspects of the business to keep in consideration. At first it is super exciting, but will noticeably reach a point where you realise that you are the admin person, the IT person, the debt collecting person, the marketing person and pretty much whatever else you need to be in order to ensure the success of the business.
The problem comes in when you start dedicating 17 or more hours per day into your work day, not to mention working in personal and family time and weekends. Our bodies and minds are built to withstand a lot of pressure, but there comes a point where burn out will inevitably set in with you managing your business on your own. Our personal lives are very much ingrained into our businesses and without the correct balance, one or the other is going to start suffering.
If this sounds like anything you may be experiencing, luckily there is a way to fix this. But how you ask? Let’s take a look.
Outsourcing for a small business is now becoming the norm. It is making more and more sense to outsource certain functions of your small business to external consultants, as opposed to using your budget to hire a full-time employee. Here are some of the aspects you can outsource:
- Social media
Basically any aspect that is blocking you from actually spending time working on your business.
How outsourcing can create productivity for you and your business, here is how:
1) Managing your time
Keeping your calendar and meetings updated and in one place does require some time and administration. I can imagine at the moment though that this may not be your #1 priority, due to other pressing matters. Why not outsource this important function to a Virtual Assistant. She can schedule meetings on your behalf, update the information in your calendar and manage all of the meeting logistics on your behalf. Leaving you organised and free to attend to other matters.
2) Managing your travel
As a regular traveller you no doubt may book your own travel to save costs or utilise the services of a travel agency, which may be costing you way more than it should be. You could outsource your travel to a Virtual Assistant who can get the details of your trip from you and research the cheapest flights, best hotels, prepare your travel itinerary and even advise you how to pack for your trip.
3) Managing your to-do list
Let’s face it, at this point in time you most likely do not have time to put pen to paper to write your thoughts, strategies and to-do list items down on a list to attend to them. A Virtual Assistant can have a call with you at the beginning of the week and ascertain what needs to be done. She can then monitor your list and remind you and prompt you to attend to priority tasks.
There are so many other tasks that you can outsource to a Virtual Assistant, to ensure that your life and time are completely balanced. To see a list of what else a Virtual Assistant can handle for you, take a look at my services page.