As we move into 2016, many of us have goals for a better work/life balance and to spend more time with our families this year. Yet, at the same time, we would also like to achieve growth in our business and increased market share, gaining new clients/customers.
This takes a lot of planning, time, effort, and resources. Many of us are faced with so much work to do, but not enough time to achieve these goals. In some cases, we really need extra help, but don’t have the budget to hire additional resources and so we are stuck working 50-60 hours a week, with no time for relaxation or family.
As an entrepreneur, I know what it is like to work long hours to achieve my dreams. I remember a time when I was satisfied with and felt fortunate when I was regularly getting just 3.5-4 hours of sleep per day.
I was thinking, well, that’s better than 2 hours of sleep I had just yesterday! I was trying to do everything on my own.Sometimes we nearly kill ourselves to achieve aggressive goals. Click To Tweet
Outsourcing Repetitive Admin Tasks to Virtual Executive Assistants
When all the work falls upon us, our family life suffers, our health suffers, and our productivity and effectiveness declines.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way. As a first step, think about all the repetitive and busy work that you have to do on a daily or weekly basis. This is work that may be necessary, but keeps you from the higher end and strategic work that will really help you expand your business and generate revenue.
Commit to documenting the steps you take to complete that work by creating process maps or standardized work that outlines how to do this. In many Fortune 500 companies that I worked for, one of the main requirements my managers insisted upon was that as soon as we learned a job task, we needed to create a standardized work for that job task.
That way, later on, if we were on vacation, or were promoted to another job, or if we quit that employer, the next person can more easily fill in for us and take over our work.
This year, as soon as possible, commit to creating standardized work for your busy tasks that you don’t like doing or are just too busy to do. Once you do that, guess what? You can then outsource it to a remote assistant!
Yes, this takes some time and effort up front to create the standardized work, but in the long run, will free up so much of your time. Then, welcome to getting plenty of sleep and waking up without an alarm clock, well rested and ready to take on the day, doing what you want to do!
Related: What is a Virtual Assistant
The virtual assistant (VA) can do the busy work that you don’t want to do or don’t have time to do, and the best part about it is it can be inexpensive – up to 76%+ cheaper than hiring an office based worker.
In addition, you may have aggressive goals and project plans to grow your business this year.
However, you may not have the staff or the talent you need to achieve these goals according to your timeline.
If you expand your search for talent into the virtual workforce (home-based/remote workers), you have expanded your talent pool exponentially, and opened yourself to a wide variety of talent, experience, and skill workers from all over the world (whether locally or overseas) and at a price point according to your budget.
There are different types of virtual assistant services. VAs can do things both that you may not want to do or do not have the technical expertise to do (i.e. web design, graphics design, accounting/bookkeeping, programming, online marketing, SEO, content creation/copywriting, etc.)
Consider hiring a virtual personal assistant to achieve your goals for 2016, all while helping reduce your workload and providing the talent you need at a lower cost. Imagine assigning a multitude of tasks to your VA at night before you go to sleep and in the morning, all of those tasks are done.
Or, imagine having the flexibility to spend time during a good part of the day with your family (such as going on an afternoon excursion to the park or beach while everyone else is at work) all while the VA covers for you, handling certain aspects of your business (such as customer service, answering calls, etc).
If your interested in learning more or exploring the possibilities of how a online employee can help you, feel free to give us a no obligation call at 1-866-596-9041 or and fill out our no obligation form on our website.
We specialize in helping you find solutions to outsourcing your busy work or staffing needs for expansion. We are here to help you achieve better work life balance and help you achieve your goals/dreams as a successful entrepreneur/business owner.
Wishing you much success in 2016!
John Davern, President & CEO
Virtual Assistant Talent, LLC