Being an entrepreneur can be both exciting and rewarding if you have the right support team in place. Often times running a business can leave a very bad taste in the mouth of the owner. Everyone talks about the benefits of being your own boss but few times do you hear people discuss what it takes to be successful.
As a business owner myself, there are no words that can give proper credits to having a great team in place. Most small business owners battle with the thought of acquiring help. Truth be told if you want to open the doors to unlimited income and freedom, you have to be open to the idea of delegating. I don’t care how great you are at time management, you are only one person and you can’t be everywhere and everything to everyone.
Small business owners often tend to be very protective of their business and you have every right to feel that way. You have worked really hard to get your business up and running so it is perfectly natural to be afraid to let people in behind the scenes. The only problem is that if you are growing, you will eventually have to be open to the idea of getting help.
Virtual Assistants in most cases are business owners so they understand the importance of confidentiality and delivering quality work. Finding a good virtual assistant company is like searching for any other service needed for your business. It may take a few trial runs to get it right but you have to be optimistic and if one Virtual Assistant doesn’t work for you, find another one. It’s like finding the right phone services or internet provider; you don’t give up after one bad experience, you keep looking until you find the right fit.
So how do you know you need a virtual support team? Below are four warning signs that it may be time to start looking.
Studies have shown that over 55% of customers will terminate their contract with a business for failing to respond in a timely manner. People are willing to pay for exceptional service and if you’re not providing it, they will definitely start looking elsewhere. If your emails are piling up, you may not only be losing current business; you could also be missing out on potential business. A virtual assistant is a great way to get those emails filtered.
You’re missing appointments or arriving late for the ones you remember.
No one likes being stood up or having to wait pass their scheduled appointment time. Being tardy or missing appointments sends a message that you are unreliable and that you don’t take your business seriously. Calendar management is another task that you could easily delegate.
Research, Research and More Research
Online research hinders you from creating new services or enhancing the ones you currently offer. the best way to stay ahead in your business it to stay current. If you delegate the online research, you will have more time to keep your products and services relevant to the needs of your consumers.
Learning New Skill Sets
Are you spending countless hours trying to learn how to update your website instead of working with clients? If you are an accountant or business coach, why the heck are you trying to learn website design or any other creative skill set? Leave this type of work to the experts that specialize in this field. Your time should be spent working on your business niche or marketing your services. Stop trying to learn things that won’t help you grow your business directly.
I know that giving up control isn’t an overnight process for most people. Try taking baby steps. Once you find the virtual team that you think will be a good fit for your business, begin by giving them little projects, if you’re not ready to dive all the way in. As you feel more comfortable, you will find it easier to let go of more and more projects that don’t directly affect your bottom line.
Are you ready to give it a try? Apex Virtual Solutions is an Atlanta based Virtual Assistant company specializing in online marketing, website design and virtual administrative support. Contact us today at 866-874-3647 for a no obligation consultation or visit us online for more information at www.apexassisting.com.