At the moment, growing your business might be the very last thing on your mind. Most business owners have gone into preservation mode – and are desperately attempting to keep their heads above water as the world of business changes around them.
But growth is the way you survive. So even if it’s the last thing you want to do, you need to think of ways you can adapt and change the way you work, so that you can not only survive this pandemic, but come out the other side stronger. So today we wanted to highlight some ways you can grow your business using a VA service.
Developing Relationships With your Clients
Good client relationships are essential to any business, but particularly a small business trying to grow. But if you’re rushing around trying to do everything yourself, those client relationships can start to slip. A VA can help you gain time back to focus on those key relationships, while they take care of those niggly yet time-consuming jobs. They can also actively help you build those relationships, taking on things like diary management, client follow-up and support organising client events.
Appear Bigger Than a One-Man Band
Sometimes in order to gain those key clients and grow your business, you need to seem bigger than you are. A VA isn’t a full-time employee with your business, but by assigning them an email address with your company name on it, you can copy them in on emails and make it seem like you have a bigger in-house team. You could also include your VA’s details in your email signature, and when you respond to clients you can copy in your PA. This makes your business look bigger to clients, and it’s always about perception after all.
Get Some Mental Space
When you work with a VA, you get an extra brain in your business. This isn’t just great for productivity, but it frees up a lot of space in your brain too! Instead of struggling to keep a strong working memory of every single thing going on in your business (and the rest of your life), you can delegate some of that responsibility to your VA. That way, if you ever need to know something, you can just ask them. Don’t get us wrong, your brain will still be a very busy place, but a good VA can help give you that mental space you need to be happier and more productive.
When you’re on your own in business, there is no one around to hold you to your word, and make sure you do what you say you will. So you end up procrastinating, or just not doing the task at all. But with a VA, you have someone external who can hold you accountable and make sure you follow through on your plans. If you tell your VA that you’ve set a deadline for a task, your VA will work with you to make sure it’s met. Depending on you, your individual VA and your preferences, they can be as pushy or as laid back as you like – as long as the results happen!
Gain Time to Focus on the Things You Love
Have you ever sacrificed time you would be spending on a hobby, getting fit or being with friends, so that you can work instead? Most of us have – it’s part and parcel of being an entrepreneur. But it doesn’t have to be. Working with a VA means a lot of those necessary yet time-consuming admin tasks are being done for you in the background. So, let’s say your VA works with you for 5 hours a week. That’s 5 hours you have that could be spent on prospecting for new sales, going to the gym or picking the kids up from school. It all helps fuel that work-life balance, which leads to an all-round happier you.
So, when you’re trying to work out what your post-Covid plans are, ask yourself, ‘do I need to do this alone?’. If the answer is no, then a VA might be the answer. At Your Admin Hub, we love helping ambitious business owners grow their business. We work with established businesses and start-ups alike, helping manage the day to day tasks and keeping the business ticking over while they focus on growth. If you recognise yourself in this post, then we would love to have a chat. Just get in touch to book your free consultation today.