Many small business and website owners experience an array of emotions from the moment the idea of self employment is born. Initially there is fear, excitement and anticipation. Generally, a business and marketing plan are created and the steps are carried out. Overwhelming stress and anxiety may be experienced when productivity becomes high, especially during a threatened economy. There is a low cost solution to relieving some of the pressure.
In the beginning, the joy and excitement of starting a new business brings about much happiness and eagerness. Although in fear of what the future holds, one proceeds to pursue their dream. Determination sparks motivation, igniting energy to put plans into motion. Planning and marketing strategies require extensive time and research, but ambition tackles it all without hesitation. Months of hard work pass as business is anxiously awaited.
Sooner than later, after foolish mistakes and lessons learned, consumers become steady. As a result, marketing strategies diminish and focus becomes overridden by day-to-day operations. As business continues to progress, prospective leads begin to get overlooked. Managing so many aspects of a company alone eventually becomes impossible. Clients sense the tension and anxiety. Customer service suffers. Business growth comes to a screeching halt.
There is a solution. Outsourcing administrative operations can be beneficial to small business owners in many aspects. Virtual Assistants (also known as VAs) are computer savvy professionals and generally small business owners themselves. They can empathize with many experiences of being a small business owner starting with the birth of the idea. Virtual Assistants are experienced at marketing and organization, and can put these business elements back into place. They are usually skilled in most general office services and can lighten up the load of day-to-day tasks. Having an extra set of hands, eyes and ears, reduces stress for the small business owner, improving client relations. Consequently, business starts to grow and revenue begins to increase.
Virtual Assistance is not a cheap escape route, although it can still be a cost effective solution. During these hard economic times, a full or part-time employee may not be feasible. VA’s are business owners themselves; therefore they pay for their own health benefits, office supplies, equipment, utilities and maintenance. There are no costs for sick or vacation time. Virtual Assistants are paid for physical working time only. There are no breaks to the vending machines, lunch room or potty. When productivity is down, no one is getting paid just to sit around. The choice of independently handling administrative tasks is the business owner's option. All in all, it takes money to make money.
Outsourcing administrative operations to a Virtual Assistant can benefit small business owners in many ways. Owning a business should produce positive feelings of happiness, fulfillment, and wealth, as oppose to fear, anxiety and overwhelming pressure. Some business owners may be experiencing forced cutbacks and uncertainty on how to accommodate the work load. Utilizing the available tools a virtual assistant can provide, will assist in building a prosperous business, turning a dream into a reality.