Running a homebased or small business is an exciting and thrilling challenge. You have much more freedom when you’re working for yourself; however, your new found freedom can also become an obstacle for you. When you work for someone else you are told when to work and how long. When you work for yourself you don’t have anyone looking over your shoulder and telling you when to do your work. You may find yourself struggling to manage your time and be productive while running your small business. There are several things that you can do to ensure that you stay productive and stay in business.
We’ve all been there. You meet someone at a networking event or you’re referred to someone that you would like to do business with. After the connection has been made, your next step is to get a meeting scheduled with your new contact. Therefore, you want to put your best foot forward and send a message that will land you a meeting. In today’s technological world, your method of contact will most likely be digital, either through e-mail or a social media direct message. There are a few items that should always be included in your message that will help you increase your chances of scheduling a meeting.
If you’re like most of us you receive a tremendous amount of e-mail each day. It can grow like a wildfire and you can spend a lot of time each day just weeding through it. E-mail marketing is big business and many companies are vying for our attention. As a result you can receive numerous newsletters, some that you don’t even remember signing up to receive. Wading through all of this each day can really eat into your time and take valuable time away that you can spend working on your business. However, you can save a lot of time by delegating this task. If you haven’t thought of this before you may be wondering how someone could help you manage your e-mail inbox. Below I will explain how you can go about delegating your e-mail management.
If you’re a speaker, trainer or business coach and host your own workshops, seminars, retreats, etc., you know how time consuming and overwhelming it can be to plan these events. One of the main aspects is to find your venue. There is a lot involved in selecting the right location and if you’re busy running other aspects of your business, finding the time to research venues is just one other thing to add to your growing to do list. However, this task is something that you can most certainly delegate. If you’re unsure of how or what aspects of this task that you can delegate I’ve outlined them below.
If you travel frequently for business you know that finding a great hotel for your trip is essential. Of course if you travel to the same cities you will most likely establish a favorite hotel for each city. However, if you’re just beginning your travel or if you’re traveling to a new territory you will need to find a new hotel. This can be a daunting and time consuming task, but the following tips can help you ensure that you find the perfect hotel to suite your needs.
When thinking of things that you can delegate to your virtual assistant calendar management should come to mind if you’re always in meetings or on the go. Managing your schedule can take up a tremendous amount of your time, so it’s definitely something that you should outsource. There are many benefits to having your virtual assistant manage your calendar.
As you may have discovered by now, not all service providers are created equal. While this may not mean that they provide bad service, you just may not be the right fit for each other. The same holds true when it comes to finding the right virtual assistant for your business.
For some, the thought of working with a virtual assistant can be a bit frightening. You don’t know how you would work with someone that you can’t see. If you can’t see them, how will you be able to trust them? You may have even heard a few horror stories about virtual assistants. However, working with a virtual assistant isn’t as complicated as you may think. To relieve the fear and anxiety that you may have in working with a virtual assistant, let’s take a moment to address each of these questions.
The biggest question that I receive about working with a virtual assistant is, “What can she do for me?” The question should be, “What can’t she do for me?”
If you travel frequently, you know that having an itinerary is essential. A great travel itinerary will ensure that you know where you need to be and when. There are several items that make a great itinerary.
To ensure that your trip goes well, be sure to include the following items on your itinerary: