Virtual assistance has been around since the early 2000s. However, the past three years have seen an explosive growth in the industry. No longer is it regulated to the small business owner using a VA; there are now larger companies utilizing the services of a virtual executive assistant. Along with this comes the question, “How do I work with a virtual assistant?” Below are some ways to help you determine how to best work with a virtual assistant.
When it comes to delegating, clear communication is key. It’s important that you make sure that you provide clear directions when assigning a task or project in order to receive the outcome that you desire. Here are three things that you can do to ensure that you provide clear directions to achieve successful delegation.
Is there something holding you back from moving forward in your business? Often times we tell ourselves that it’s time, perfectionism or not knowing the how, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes what’s holding us back is fear and we use the things mentioned as an excuse. It can be fear of success or fear of failure.
There are numerous ways in which we can communicate online. There’s instant messaging, email, project management platforms, and more. However, using too many tools to communicate can become disruptive and time-consuming for you and your remote team. Here are the pitfalls of using too many tools.
It’s important to know why something is being done in your business. Any strategy, project, or task needs a reason as to why time should be devoted to doing it; this also needs to apply to bringing on a team member and delegating.
It’s important to schedule a time to get away for a couple of days to focus on your business. But, what about taking time on a daily basis to carve out thinking time? Sometimes your day can get so hectic that you don’t have time to stop and think about anything. Can you relate to this?
As a CEO or entrepreneur, you have to make decisions on a daily basis, and sometimes very quickly. It can be difficult to make decisions when you can’t focus on the issue at hand. One thing that you can do to help create thinking space is to schedule it. Block out 30 minutes on your calendar each day as “thinking time” or “mindfulness.” Here are three things to keep in mind to ensure that you get the most impact out of this exercise.
Email is a necessary evil. We need it to conduct business, but it can become a thorn in our side, especially if it’s not managed well, because it can quickly get out of control. However, if you follow a few tips, you can keep it tamed.
Consistency is key when you want to become successful at anything. As a business owner, if you want to grow a successful company, you need to be consistent. That means consistency in your marketing, sales, customer service, operations, etc.
There’s something floating out there in the business world that can sound like a good idea, but if you stop to think about it, it may not be such a great idea afterall.
Have you ever mistakenly sent a document to someone and missed updating a specific area of it, and the recipient received it with someone else’s information? This can be embarrassing and not to mention unprofessional. A good way to prevent something like this from happening is to create form fields, and there are a few benefits to doing this.