"Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back."
Harvey Mackay, Businessman, Journalist and Author
1. You are a Superhero!
So, you run your own business. You do it because you are really good at something and you do it for the freedom of making your own rules.
Becoming a Business Owner is a truly proud moment. Your business is your baby: you’ve created it and you know what's best for it to grow into a success. You want everything done your way (the right way) and because of this, no-one else must touch it – you’ve got this!
This is all completely natural and understandable.
But now, you’re doing everything, from stuffing envelopes to making the big business decisions. You are the financial director, social media guru, marketing manager, customer service exec, sales adviser, web designer, administrator, tech support and personal assistant (to yourself). Each one of these is literally a career that people get professionally trained and experienced in - but you're doing them all.
You're proving to everyone how much you can do this - you're sacrificing your evenings and weekends, you'll do everything yourself to save money and if you don't know how to do something, you'll learn it.
But will you reach your success if you're time-poor and doing things you don't really like or aren’t skilled in?
The Definition of Success for every Business Owner is either one of two things:
Financial - to achieve a certain income or
Balance - have a better work/life balance
Whichever one is your motivation, you will need more time - more time to find new clients and increase your income or more time so you can reduce your working hours for you.
Remember why you started your business - for the passion and freedom: for the love of doing something you are good at and for the ambition of earning what you want, when you want.
How much freedom do you feel in your business?
How much time do you spend on tasks you find difficult, boring or just simply hate?
How many times do you work into the evenings and weekends?
What would it mean to you to achieve your success?
2. You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf ...
All parts of your business are important but not everything has to be done by you.
Outsourcing is made for small businesses – it’s easy, flexible, works within your budget and you pick the tasks that you want to outsource.
Your business grows as you take on more clients, which means more work to do - there will be a natural progression when you need a second pair of hands. So, what if you took away all of your admin? For example: imagine if a professional photographer spent all of their time:
Promoting their business
And nothing else
Now imagine if you didn't have to do last month’s bookkeeping, or go through last week’s emails or respond to yesterday’s customer queries or keep up on today's social media. You just focus on your ambition of success.
3. Why do other Business Owners outsource?
They outsource to achieve their success and how they choose their time-consuming jobs is as follows:
They are boring and a drag
They are difficult and daunting
They shouldn’t be on their list of responsibilities
4. How will outsourcing benefit your business?
There is a whole list of benefits to outsourcing to a Virtual Assistant:
VA's are time-savers - we save you time to spend on your business or personal life
Home-based Support – we work from our own office
Flexible Service – we only work when you need us
Pay As You Go – we only charge for the hours we work
Reduce Workload – we take on your time-consuming jobs
VA’s are Self- Employed – no employee overheads, i.e. insurance, sick leave
Adding value - we add value to you and your business
Find out about all 15 benefits of a Virtual Assistant here.
Find out more about why you should outsource and what a Virtual Assistant can do.
5. Wasting Time and Saving Money
If you juggle 100 things a day, you probably don’t have time to stop and figure out which tasks to delegate, and on top of that, hand them over to someone who knows nothing about your business or the way you work.
And, if you just about cover costs each month, taking on an extra expense for outsourcing will feel wrong. So it’s probably easier to just keep on going and do it all yourself.
I get it, I know from experience. I started a business in 2011, which I closed 5 years later because my love had turned to hate and I was in debt. I was doing everything myself and therefore expecting the world in return for all of the sacrifices I was making. But I literally had no-one else to blame in the end when my business never achieved full success. If I knew then what I know now, it would have been a different outcome. So it was a learning curve that shaped me as a business owner and inspired me to use my admin skills and experience to support other people who have great business ideas into succeeding,
Outsourcing is an investment in time:
- to gain more clients and grow your income or
- to get your evenings, weekends and personal life back
6. How Outsourcing Works
You are in control of which tasks you want to delegate and how often you would like them done. Just by off-loading one thing from your to-do list can affect your time and motivation.
See our list of the most popular 20 Great Things You Can Outsource Today
So, Virtual Assistants are organised control-freaks, we are good at what we do and we want you to be successful – if you succeed, we succeed. We work hard from day one to build a relationship with you because we understand you need to feel comfortable with us working on behalf of your business. We will make the handover as easy as possible, by consulting with you on a one-to-one basis, going through a list of questions that will lead us to your problem areas and what we need to know about your requirements. We will also do our research on your business and the industry to get the bigger picture. We can be as involved as you want, as often as you want.
6. Do The Things You Hate For Love
I'm really hoping that this exercise will blow your mind and increase your curiosity for outsourcing, so please grab a cuppa, sit down and take a well-deserved 10-minute break to give it a go ...
EXERCISE: Jot down each task you cover within your business on a:
Then, highlight the ones you enjoy (your strengths). Now divide the remaining tasks into the following categories:
Things you hate doing
Things you can’t do
Things you shouldn’t do
Now you have a starting point of which tasks you can outsource and how much time you spend on them..
Calculation of Interest:
What is your time worth x How much time do you spend on the above = This is how much money lose because:
Any work you do that isn't for a client, doesn't earn you money - you are literally working for yourself.
So, you aren't saving money by not outsourcing - outsourcing is an investment in time.
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