Everybody needs help in their businesses from time to time. As a solo entrepreneur, I handle most aspects of my business myself, but I also recognise that there are some tasks for which I simply don’t have the skills. I also realise that, when I put a value on my own time, that there are some tasks which are not cost-effective for me to do.
There are many things which we outsource readily as business owners; I believe administration should just be another one of those things. I know I need an accountant because I don’t have the time or expertise to manage accounts efficiently myself. Likewise, I need someone to help me set up my phone line, and someone else to design my business cards, because I don’t have the expertise for those tasks either.
I would hazard an educated guess that admin is not a strong point for most entrepreneurs, so why do we hold back the growth of our businesses by battling on with it, instead of building effective systems and processes and delegating to others?
For some reason, we think that getting help with administration is a luxury, not a necessity. But if the majority of your day is taken up with menial or repetitive tasks, how much more could you achieve if these were taken off your hands?
Let’s put it another way: is the growth of your business a luxury or a necessity?
Perhaps it’s time to think about working with a virtual assistant. Virtual assistants are remote team members who can assist with a wide variety of administrative tasks. They offer flexibility to small business owners who have no need or desire for a permanent, on-site employee, but who need regular or ad-hoc help with a clearly defined set of tasks. This flexibility means they are often a very cost-effective solution, as you only pay for what you need, when you need it, with no hidden charges.
All you need to do to get started is work out what you want to delegate, and develop some instructions for the tasks you want completed. Simple, right?
There are many different types of virtual assistant out there; from those that specialise in a particular area, like bookkeeping, to general virtual assistants who can complete a variety of daily tasks including:
- Managing your ever-growing inbox
- Keeping your social media accounts up to date
- Creating your monthly newsletter
- Publishing your blog
- Generating a list of potential clients
- Managing your diary
- Typing up business cards
So, my message today is that outsourcing your admin needn’t be a luxury. In fact, it’s as much a necessity as outsourcing your accounts for the success of your business.
Have you started outsourcing your administrative tasks to a virtual assistant? Have you seen a positive impact on the growth of your business? Let me know in the comments!