Are you feeling overworked and overwhelmed?
Wondering how to fit more hours in the day?
You know you need help but aren’t quite sure to know when to hire and how to go about it?
Wondering whether your business is at the point where virtual business support is the logical next step?
Then read on!
Enlisting virtual business support is a big step for a business, but when you speak to most business owners, they never regret the decision - especially when done at the right time
This post will help you to understand what you need to know before hiring virtual support and will show you the signs of when you may need to start thinking about it.
1. You’re spending more time on administrative tasks than on building your business
Do you find your days are filled with answering calls, responding to emails, creating spreadsheets and posting on social media?
These are all perfect tasks to outsource.
They are important and necessary tasks, but can take up so much time that could have been spent finding new clients or working on new ideas for your business.
2. You are unable to maintain a healthy work/life balance
Running a business is time-consuming – there’s no way around that.
But if you find that you can’t remember the last time you had a night off or took time to go and have dinner with friends or do an activity you enjoy it’s probably time to think about sharing the workload.
Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is not only just important for your mental wellbeing but can also help you to be more productive in business, as you feel refreshed and energised.
3. Running your own business no longer excites you
Drudging through paperwork and other administrative tasks can make the day-to-day runnings of a business really daunting, especially when it’s not how you intended your days to be spent.
But believe it or not, there are people out there who actually like doing these tasks - and who are more specialised and more efficient at getting it done than you.
When you are able to hand off these tasks you can focus on the vision, strategy and growth for your business and it’s very likely that you’ll begin to feel the passion return.
4. Things are Falling Through the Cracks
Missing paperwork. . .unanswered emails. . .clients complaining of poor customer service - these are all red flags that something needs to change.
You’re just one person. You can’t do it all!
And you’d be surprised and relieved just how quickly and efficiently things can get done when outsourced to the right person who can bring things back to how they once were.
5. You are doing tasks that you know someone can do better than you
Are you spending a lot of time doing tasks you KNOW you aren’t really that good at? Such as:
Creating social media, blog content and graphics
Creating spreadsheets and documents
Managing email queries
Doing your own books and accounting
If you know you’re spending too much time on these tasks and are only doing a mediocre job, they are all perfect tasks to outsource.
6. You feel like you’re never actually caught up on work
Yes. It’s very likely when running a business that there isn’t a moment where you can really say you’re “done” for the day.
But if you find yourself spending a large amount of time doing repetitive, ongoing tasks (e.g. filing invoices, social media scheduling, blog posts and email queries) that could easily be delegated to somebody else or find that these tasks never get completed because they constantly slip down your to-do-list until there is a huge backlog.
If you can outsource these tasks that can easily be handled by someone outside your organisation it can offer some sort of relief to your never ending to-do-list.
7. Huge savings
Outsourcing can save your business thousands of pounds plus it doesn’t come with the red tape requirements of hiring an employee such as sick pay, PAYE, holiday pay, benefits and pensions. Meaning you still get the same skills and benefits that an employee can bring to your business.
The graphic below gives you an example of how much you potentially save outsourcing business support as opposed to hiring an employee.