Many new business owners are guilty of it... they want to run every aspect of their business themselves. After all, what's wrong with that? Why can't you be the bookkeeper, the head of administration, the IT guy, the human resource manager, the graphic designer, the sales department, the analytics team, and the website / social media manager?
Who is going to tend to the clients' work?
Who is going to represent the company at the next client meeting?
And who is going to continue to manage and grow the business?
Honestly, there is NOT enough time (or energy) in the day for one person to do everything. Let's get real... just managing a busy CEO's email account and calendar is a full-time job on it's own. In fact, most large companies hire executive assistants to solely monitor these calendars and email accounts and they get paid quite well to do so. These companies also have these assistants working "in-house", which means that the company is most likely required to provide these employees with a workspace, a computer, internet, break-room (a fancy Keurig machine and all of the accessories that come with it), restroom, parking space, benefits, insurance, and so on. These extra amenities and payouts are unnecessary expenses for say, a small business, or a not so established start-up company.
But how can you run a business without having employees working in the office?
Welcome to the 21st century. Virtual assistants have been around for a while now, but have become more popular in the last few years.
There are many benefits to hiring a VA, which I will eventually outline for you in another blog post... :) Until then, if you are thinking about becoming a business owner, or are thinking about restructuring your existing business, consider outsourcing some of these time-consuming tasks to a virtual assistant before hiring a full-time employee:
Schedule & travel management
Personal assistant (managing personal email account, calendar, travel arrangements, running errands, etc.)
Preparing & formatting documents
Researching & data entry
Proposals & presentations
Proofreading & editing
Clerical & receptionist tasks (answering phones, taking messages, filing, copying, scanning, faxing, customer service, etc.)
Following up with clients & sending thank yous
Bookkeeping & accounting
Managing social media accounts, website, and blog posts
Content creation & graphics