It’s Christmas! Don’t you just love it? Our decorations have been up for weeks, the carol services are in full swing, and we are enjoying one too many mince pies and glasses of mulled wine. But if you’re a business owner, then you know Christmas isn’t just a time to get together with the family – it’s a time to worry constantly about taking time off from your business. Christmas is often a massive source of stress for us business owners, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re smart, and hire a VA, you could enjoy the most relaxing Christmas of your life this year. And since it’s Christmas, we’re going to do it in traditional carolling fashion. So here we go – the 12 reasons to hire a VA at Christmas. Let’s see if you can sing along.
Writing Christmas Cards
Want to show your customers some love? Send them something to say thank you for their support and reaffirm that relationship. But don’t worry about the time-consuming business of researching things, placing orders and writing cards – a VA can do all of that for you.
Running Festive Promotions
Christmas is a time when most people and businesses wind down, so one way you can proactively encourage more sales is to run a festive promotion or competition. But there’s a lot of admin involved in that, so it’s worth bringing in some help.
Staying On Top Of Emails
You’re probably really keen to wrap up for Christmas and start enjoying time off – but some of your clients might not be. If you run a business you can’t just go ‘offline’ – you need to have some presence for your customers and suppliers. A VA can give you exactly that, without the need for you to stay in the office.
Managing Your Diary
A lot happens in December for a business owner, and it can be difficult to manage it all. You have Christmas parties and festive get-togethers to book and attend, both personally and privately, along with travel plans, cooking and all sorts of other issues. But it doesn’t have to be stressful when a VA is around to sort it all out for you. So you just have to worry about getting from A to B.
Planning Office Parties
If you’ve left your Christmas party this late, you might be worried that you can’t pull it off. But fear not! A VA can help you shower your employees with thanks and praise with fantastic a last-minute Christmas party, and no one need ever know.
Chasing Outstanding Payments
The last thing you want when you leave for Christmas is outstanding payments gnawing at your brain. A VA can chase all of these down for you and make sure your accounts are closed and up to date, ready for a fresh start on your return.
Planning For The New Year
Do you have a plan for the New Year? A VA can help you put one together, and execute it as well. Start 2020 off on the right foot and set yourself up for success – you won’t regret it.
Holding Down The Fort
If you want to take time off over Christmas, you might need someone to hold down the fort while you’re gone. Even if that’s just taking calls (form anyone who thinks calling a business over Christmas is a good idea), to checking and responding to emails and working out what need immediate attention, and what doesn’t. By sending a daily digest of key information, business owners can stay ‘online’ even when they’re not.
Tying Up Loose Ends
The end of the year means lots of projects half-finished and loose ends you’d rather not leave dangling. So our advice is, don’t! Work out what you absolutely need to do, and then work out what you can hand off to someone else. With a VA on your side, you can get twice the number of loose ends sorted and ready for you to step away for a while.
Review All Of Your Suppliers
The new year is a great time to take a look at your cash flow and work out where you can trim costs and maximise your profit. But collecting all of your supplier details and comparing them to other options is a time-consuming thing to do, especially when you’re trying to get those loose ends tied up before the Christmas break. So why not let us do all the legwork, so all you have to do is look it over and make your final decision.
Organise Your Home Life
A VA isn’t just for business you know. In fact, we can help with all sorts of things for both your business and your home life. So if you need someone to liaise with the pre-school about when the kids dance recital is, call the supermarket to order your turkey and make sure someone is at the station to pick up grandma when she arrives, we can do all of that for you. Usually while managing your emails and drinking a cup of coffee.
Get You To The Church On Time
Or wherever you need to be really. A good VA doesn’t just organise your business life – they help you manage your personal life as well, and Christmas is full of personal obligations that sometimes cross with the business day. So stop worrying that you’ve missed something or double booked yourself, and let your VA manage your time for you this festive season.
There you have it! If you’re still not convinced that a VA could help you over Christmas, then frankly, you might be a better person than me! But you should still get in touch, because you never know when a helping hand could save the day.
And from all of us at Your Admin Hub, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!