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.
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.
Email is essential for most of us. It’s how we send and receive important communications to our team, colleagues, and clients. However, it can also be a huge hindrance to our productivity. Even so, we need it to operate in the business world. With that said, we have to spend time on the necessary emails, but we usually also receive a lot of unnecessary emails that we don’t need, and you can spend hours going through your inbox determining which is which.
I talk with a lot of business owners who aren’t the greatest when it comes to delegating. They want to delegate more because they know that they need help. They’re drowning in administrative overwhelm and working 16 to 18-hour days. They’re feeling the pain and really need help, but they don’t know how someone can help them. Most business owners usually know of a few things that they can delegate to someone else, but they also overlook a lot of areas where they could use some assistance.
Productivity is a hot topic. Everyone wants to become more productive. However, you can’t be more productive if you’re bogged down doing things that you’re not good at doing or don’t like to do.
Social media can play an essential role in your business; it allows you to share your expertise with your followers and connections, and important updates about your company. Social media is a great tool to help market your business. However, it can also be very time-consuming if you don’t know how to manage the time that you spend on it. The flip side of that is neglecting it.
Many people operating their business know that at some point they will need to delegate in order to grow the company outside of just themselves. However, many don’t know where to start or they do delegate but don’t have success at doing it. Delegating, when not done properly, can hurt you instead of help you. Below are some ways that you can ensure that delegating does what it’s intended to do, and that is to help you grow your company.
There is a process to delegating effectively and that process begins with creating systems for your business. Systems will help you gain clarity in your business model and successful delegating begins when you know what you need to delegate. A system is what, how and when things are done in your business. There are four main areas of your business and they are operations, finances, marketing/sales, and customer service. You should have systems in place for each of these areas. Below are three ways that you can begin to create systems for your business.
Finding the right virtual assistant for your business can be intimidating, and if not done properly can have a negative effect on your business. Your virtual assistant should be an integral part of your team; therefore, you should invest the time to learn how to build a solid working relationship you’re your VA. Below are some key ways that you can work with your virtual assistant to foster a successful and profitable relationship.
There are many qualities that a virtual assistant should have. One of the primary attributes is being proactive. An excellent virtual assistant should go the extra mile to try and make things easier for her clients. She shouldn’t always wait in the wings for the client to provide instruction on what to do or how to do things. Of course, a virtual assistant will need some initial direction of how to support the client. However, there are some things that the virtual assistant can do to work with the client proactively.