I've been supporting other businesses in the North East and further afield since October 2012. Previously a Relationship Manager in Commercial Banking, I know exactly what it's like having a work/life balance out of kilter, juggling a full time role, children and their activities and managing a home. I figured I could get my life back on track and at the same time help other business owners do the same with theirs and so, here I am ...
I talk to a lot of people who feel that they could do with some help but struggle to get their heads round how it would work and what they could get someone else to do for them. Rather than me try to explain, I surveyed some businesses who have already taken the plunge and are working with me and asked them for their advice to other businesses considering using a VA and this is what they said ...
"Look at your daily tasks and see what could be outsourced to free you up - for example by passing over Admin tasks, I can spend more time fee earning and doing business development"
"If there are jobs in the business that you find yourself doing where you don't have the correct skills or expertise, then you should consider using a VA"
"It has taken much of the stress out of working as a sole trader and the flexibility of support has meant that I can go after far bigger pieces of work because I know I can deliver them on time."
"Do it. Now. But before you do, keep track of the types of tasks you perform over a 7-14 day period and ask yourself, honestly, which ones HAVE to be done by you? More importantly, which ones make you money? Everything else can be delegated. Take the time and trouble to delegate clearly and give it time to settle in"