You’ve taken that leap and started your own business. It’s exciting – your first website, your first meeting, your first confirmed client, the first invoice raised. All of these are champagne-popping moments!
Then come the concerns that appear in the middle of the night, the 70-hour weeks, the ability to keep on top of that “list to do”, the inability to take the business to the next level because you’re only just managing to stay afloat of the menial tasks.
There comes a time when your business has grown, and you begin to wonder if you need a little help to continue expanding and keep your customers happy. At this stage it may be hard to imagine delegating or outsourcing work – part of the joy so far is that you achieved all this by yourself. But just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
Once you’ve recognised that you’re in need of some help, the right assistance will save you time, money, and allow your business to reach great heights. The results will speak for themselves as your to-do list gets shorter and you’re free to embrace that drive and ambition.
Outsourcing work does not mean you are detaching yourself from these areas. You are in control. You hold the reigns. You oversee everything. The key is to hire someone that maximizes your business.
- Contra: When two parties offer an exchange of service. This means you gain something you need for free, whilst offering your product/service complimentary to the other party.
- PA/EA: A dedicated employee just for you. A huge help but a luxury for most SME’s.
- Virtual Assistant: A self-employed professional usually with PA skill sets. There are many benefits of a VA – no need for office space, holiday pay, lunch breaks etc, plus you can hire a VA for a one-off task, or long-term assistance. You can start small with an hour or two a week and increase hours as and when you need to.
Depending on the areas you need help with, be sure to research you’re hiring the right person for the job. This can be a lifeline for your business, so you need to get it right. Look at testimonials, ICO registration, LinkedIn profiles and company websites.
By delegating or outsourcing everyday tasks to an experienced, proven professional, you are free to make the meaningful decisions to grow your company even more. Embrace this as a positive – your business is booming! So what are you going to do to move it forward?
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BIOG – Jenny Squire:
Jenny has worked with many businesses across the UK from start-ups to global brands and has organised events at prestigious venues such as the Natural History Museum, The Hurlingham Club, The Queen’s Club and Earls Court & Olympia. Now a Virtual Assistant and qualified wedding planner, she has an outstanding track record, with 100% of her clients being happy to recommend her. Constantly busy, she understands the need for a healthy work/life balance! Jenny lives in North Devon with her family and enjoys running, reading and spending time at the beach.