Mid-Year Review – are you making the most of your VA?

We’re nearly halfway through this year, so let me ask you – how’s business? Are you going in the right direction? Are you making headway on your business goals? Have you started implementing all those goals you set yourself at the beginning of the year – and by the way, are you making the most of your VA?

I thought I’d throw that last question in there, as your VA is an essential part of your business success. You’ve invested in a VA, so are you making the most of them?

We’re now past the May bank holiday and still have a little time before the kids are off for the summer holidays, or your clients start taking their summer holidays. This means now is the perfect time, to carry out a mid-year review on your business and to make sure you’re utilising every means at your disposal, in order to help you reach your business goals.

If you are a parent of school age children, you’ll want to spend some quality time with your kids during their summer break. Maybe you’ve even planned a summer break away with them, so prior to that, get your hustle on to ensure that it can happen and you can take some guilt-free time away.

Take the time now, to review what you’ve already achieved, start finishing off those projects that are on the home stretch and to begin planning for the rest of this year. The work you put in now can set you up for the rest of this year – and it can make sure you’re utilising your VA to the full.

Apart from the usual task you hand over to your VA, there are various other tasks you can hand over to them, in order to free up your time now and to ensure you can switch off and recharge whilst you’re away during the summer – and ensure you hit the ground running, when you get back. These include:

  • Researching and compiling product material, presentations etc.
  • Planning your launch schedules and sequences
  • Researching and creating batches of content (such as blog posts and social media postings) for the months ahead
  • Updating your social media accounts and profiles
  • Clearing and archiving files and emails on your computer

So why not take the time now, to review your progress so far this year, reassess where you’re headed and work out how best your VA can help you achieve those goals?

Have you carried out your mid-year review yet? What tasks, above and beyond the usual ones you outsource to them, have you decided to assign to your VA? Why not share your opinions and task ideas in the comments box below!

How many hats should you be wearing?

As a business owner, I know how adept we can all be at balancing our work and home life. Women especially, are known to wear so many different hats, when it comes to our work and home life.  I’ll be giving you some great tips on how to better balance the two different areas, in next week’s blog post. However, this week, I want to help you make a really powerful decision, one that will help you start the year as you mean to go on – and that decision is:

Stop wearing so many hats! Continue reading “How many hats should you be wearing?”

What can I outsource to a VA?

Saving time is frequently at the top of most entrepreneur’s wish lists. They appreciate that outsourcing some of their workload to a Virtual Assistant would save time, but one of the top questions they have around outsourcing is ‘What can I actually outsource to a VA?’

Routine and repetitive tasks

We all have lots of routine and repetitive tasks that eat into our time. Whether its organising meetings or updating databases, these tasks can easily passed to a Virtual Assistant. And, more often than not, they can complete these tasks a lot faster than we can! Continue reading “What can I outsource to a VA?”

Can a Virtual Assistant really understand my business?

Virtual Assistants (or VA’s) can be a real lifeline to any business. Whether you’re a busy coach or online entrepreneur, a Virtual Assistant can help manage the background elements of your business, giving you the help and freedom to concentrate on growing your business.

However, one of the most commonly asked questions of a Virtual Assistant is “Can a Virtual Assistant really understand MY business?” Continue reading “Can a Virtual Assistant really understand my business?”

How to afford a Virtual Assistant

Most solo and small business owners dream of having their own Virtual Assistant (VA). They will lament at how it’s a catch-22 situation – they need the VA, but need to be earning enough to afford a VA. Another common statement is “I’d love a VA… if only I could afford one”.

The benefits of having your own VA are numerous. They include freeing up your time and energy, doing those tasks you hate doing and helping you to cut your ‘to do’ list in half. This is all well and good… but what if you REALLY can’t afford to hire a VA? Continue reading “How to afford a Virtual Assistant”

The art of delegation

There truly is an art to delegation. You WANT to pass a task over to another person, to enable you to free up your time to focus on something else. You NEED to pass it over to someone, as you cannot do everything yourself – however, this opens up a new potential problem… that person may not work how you work or do things in the order you want them to do it in. Continue reading “The art of delegation”

How NOT to delegate

It can be really difficult, when you’re working for yourself, to manage everything on your own. Difficult though it seems, we can easily get into the trap of getting used to it… and when it comes to delegating, we struggle to let go and get extra help in.

So if you’ve made the decision to delegate or outsource some of your workload – congratulations on making that decision – but now you need to learn HOW to delegate, as there’s a right and wrong way to delegate! Continue reading “How NOT to delegate”

The benefits of delegating and outsourcing

When it comes to running your own business, it’s easy to get into the habit of doing everything yourself, simply out of necessity. However, over time, you need to learn how to let some of that ‘I can do it all’ attitude go and get some extra help in… if you want to push your business forward.

Learning to delegate and outsource your work has so many benefits for you, your business and for others involved in the process. Continue reading “The benefits of delegating and outsourcing”