You have heard the phrase before. Does it apply to you in your business? Time is the most valuable resource in any business. It’s the one thing we all run out of. Are you using your time wisely? Read on …
When it comes to start-up businesses especially, it’s common for owners to find themselves multi-tasking, and it soon reaches a point where juggling too many tasks hinders progression, and limits business growth.
As is always the case, business owners look back on their early days and recognise areas in which they could have improved their productivity.
9 Areas Business Owners Frequently Outsource :
- Accounting / Bookkeeping
- Customer Service
- Data Entry
- IT Support
- Packing and Shipping
- Email Management
- Website Development
A Virtual Assistant or Administrative Consultant will not handle all of these, probably just Administration, Customer Service and Data Entry. Some ‘Jack of all Trades’ may dabble and attempt to offer more, but this isn’t common, or realistic.
Sourcing the right people
If you seek a Copy Writer, it will be more beneficial to source someone who understands the power of the written word and has a proven track record in this field.
Likewise, if you need help with your books, it’s better to find a qualified book-keeper local to you who can serve you efficiently.
When it comes to website development, copywriting and marketing, the same applies.
These are all specialist areas and are frequently outsourced by business owners.
Knowledgable Virtual Assistants
Your VA will often be able to recommend companies or individuals that you can work with. In the case of Saunders & Lee, we are often required to ‘source skilled professionals’ for our clients.
Over the years we have built up a collection of trustworthy associates, who can help with different areas of your business.
The benefit of a good Administrative Consultant is to relieve daily pressure – allowing you to concentrate on important tasks.
Your primary function is to grow the business, create new opportunities and identify ways to keep your business ahead of the competition.
When it comes to running your own business, a common trap is to think ‘why should i pay someone else, when it’s something i can do myself ?’ … I am sure you have had this thought.
The simple fact is, many tasks are within your capability, however, ask yourself … Is it time well spent ???
It is often false economy to try and juggle everything, as you become less effective and distracted from the primary function. Creating Opportunities & Making Money.
Two Heads are better than one
Saunders & Lee like to think big, but start small. We don’t overwhelm our clients, we encourage them and identify areas within the business that can be developed, improved and streamlined.
During our initial consultation, Saunders & Lee discuss areas where inefficiency may be occurring and put forward suggestions for improvement.
Automating Repetitive Processes
An effective VA goes beyond the scope of basic data entry. Yes, you can simply outsource and forget, but Saunders & Lee identify ways to make your business data work more efficiently for you.
Imagine this scenario. It often happens!
You have regular dealings with a customer. Numerous e-mails are sent and received, opportunities are identified, conversations are had, notes are scribbled on pieces of paper on your desk, however, NONE of this information is managed effectively and business opportunities are subsequently missed.
It’s common to have a conversation with an existing or prospective customer who mentions they are thinking about doing something in the future. This should be recorded, monitored and flagged as a topic for further discussion in the future.
Let Saunders & Lee help
Don’t over think it. The fact you are reading this, means you need help. Call us on 01223 803666 and let us lighten the load.