Nobody likes saying goodbye. Sometimes, whether the relationship is of a personal or business nature, the ultimate ending of it is inevitable. Being an entrepreneur you may find it necessary to cut ties with associates due to a variety of reasons – personality clashes, they aren’t prompt with payments, or they are inconsistent with everyRead more
Co-working spaces are the modern take on business networking, collaboration and productivity. As a solopreneur, they are a great alternative to the home office, and certainly more cost effective than leasing traditional commercial office space.
With technology growing every day, you have many options to choose from when it comes to recruiting assistance for your business and/or personal life. Delegating to a responsible, reliable virtual professional is not “handing off your work” to another .. it’s responsible business management. If you are reading this asking, ”Do I need to hire a virtual assistant?” then chances are you do. Ask yourself these five simple questions and you will know for sure.
Almost any business can benefit from hiring a virtual assistant, whether you’re a manager with several staff members or a solopreneur. Most virtual assistants have a varied skill set, though most people associate them with only secretarial work. In reality, many VAs also offer other skills like writing blog posts, doing basic graphic design work & tweaks, doing HTML and WordPress work, and so on.
There are many people that would rather over-work themselves than delegate a task. Either it’s just easier, or they don’t trust someone else to do it right, or they feel like they’d just end up having to fix someone else’s work. That’s just an excuse. As a business owner, you can not do it all – and you shouldn’t even contemplate it. Delegation is an extremely important aspect of business leadership and should be used whenever possible.
You might wonder when is the right time to start delegating responsibilities. The answer might be immediately, for some solopreneurs. Just because your company is small enough to be handled by one person, doesn’t mean it needs to be. If you haven’t already started delegating, you need to.
If you’re in a leadership role, the concept of delegation won’t be new to you .. it’s an essential skill to have. What might be a little more challenging is delegating to a team that works for you remotely, like when you contract with a virtual assistant. Some businesses have whole teams working remotely, over several different time zones. Managing how people work on projects together can be challenging but well worth the effort. Here are some simple tips that can help you to effectively delegate to your remote virtual administrative team.
Like with any business, it’s important to manage expectations and have clear boundaries. This is even more important with a virtual business so make sure that you have clear, measurable goals in place and that your processes and vision are communicated effectively. Your team always needs to feel supported.
When you’re ready to begin interviewing for a virtual assistant, use these six criteria to make sure you’re bringing in the right person to your team.