Finding the right virtual team members can be hard and you need to build a virtual team that will bring you success. So how do you go about finding the right team members that will support your business and help your business be successful? There are a few key things you can do to ensure you have the right people.Read More
As one year ends and another begins we all take some time to think about New Year’s Resolutions, both personal and professional. At the beginning of the year we are pumped and ready to make our resolutions a success. But are we setting ourselves up for success or failure?
In January we start with renewed energy and we make good progress. In February we continue our progress and we are feeling enthusiastic about making our resolutions happen. By March we are starting to feel overwhelmed and the Christmas break seems like a long time ago but we keep trying to work on our resolutions. By April we are caught up in the everyday workings of our business and life and there doesn’t seem to be enough time to think about what we need to do to make our resolution a success. It’s a downward spiral from there…
Which road will we take from here… Success or Failure!
As an example let’s use the typical personal goal of “getting fit and losing weight”. I have set myself this resolution more times that I care to think about. I always start the year with great enthusiasm, I start to exercise and I watch what I eat, this works really well until Australia Day. Then we have the Australia Day celebrations and I think one day off won’t matter and I think I’ve done really well. Then February comes along with a couple of birthday celebrations and I think a little bit of cake is ok and a few glasses of wine to celebrate won’t make a difference, after all I’m doing really well and I deserve a treat. By March I’m tired of exercising, I’m missing my favourite foods and I’m losing motivation. By April I’ve become so busy with work, the family and life in general I’ve forgotten why I set myself this resolution and old habits are creeping in. By May I’ve given up and decide it’s getting too cold to go out and exercise and I’ll start back up when it’s warmer. Resolution – FAIL!
So is it really the best idea to set ourselves a New Year’s Resolution? I don’t think we set ourselves up for success I believe we set ourselves up to fail when we decide on resolutions at the beginning of the year. We would be in a much better position to succeed if we simply set ourselves new goals for the year and created a plan to reach those goals. The problem with resolutions is we don’t make a plan!
As the old saying goes:
If you have decided on a New Year’s Resolution then I suggest you stop and take some time to create a plan on how you will achieve that resolution. Turn it into a goal! Break your plan down into small achievable goals, these small steps will lead you to the bigger goal and help you succeed.
Remember that you don’t have to achieve all of your goals on your own. Support is always available, you only have to reach out and ask.
What are your goals for this year? Will you ask for support to help you succeed in your plan and reach your goals? If you need business support to make your business goals a success, ask us how we can help you make those goals and resolutions a reality! Contact us today to discuss your goals.
Businesses realise that outsourcing is a key step in growth but business owners are hesitant to start the outsourcing process. Where to start? What to outsource? How to find the right people to work with? These are the initial thoughts when someone mentions outsourcing. But when you take the time to think about the process and then commence your outsourcing journey you will wonder why you didn’t start the process sooner.
Let’s look at some of the excuses that people find not to outsource.
As a business owner you start out wearing many different hats, trying to do everything yourself which ends up being one of the biggest headaches for you and your business. When I talk to people about why they hesitate to outsource to a virtual assistant, the common phrases I hear are -
“It’s easier to do it myself”
“I don’t have the time to teach a Virtual Assistant how to do it”
“It’s costing me money to outsource to a VA when I can do it myself”
“What needs to happen is all in my head and no one else knows what needs to be done”
While these all seem reasonable, let’s have a closer look at what is holding you back from outsourcing to a virtual assistant.
It’s easier to do it myself
You may know how you want something done but is it the best way to do it? Bringing in someone who knows how to do that task (even if it isn’t exactly how you would do it) will free up your time so that you can do what you do best in your business. Your tasks will still be completed, possibly more efficiently, and you don’t have to focus on things that you are not a specialist in.
I don’t have the time to teach a Virtual Assistant how to do it!
If you are spending more time doing the administrative tasks in your business then you are taking time away from the core reason you started your business. Is that the best use of your time? Taking the time to show someone what needs to be done will save you time in the long run giving you time to go back to doing what you really enjoy doing and grow your business in the process.
It’s costing me money to outsource to a VA when I can do it myself
You could do it yourself and outsourcing will cost you money BUT if you stop to think about how much you are earning per hour and then you factor in what it would cost you per hour to outsource to a virtual assistant then you will realise that you are actually saving money. It might take you twice as long to complete a task that a virtual assistant can complete quickly and efficiently saving you both time and money.
What needs to happen is all in my head and no one else knows what needs to be done
If you have plans on growing your business then the first thing you need to do is get it out of your head and on to paper. It’s time for some procedures and systems. If it’s all in your head then it’s easy to forget something. This is how things slip through the cracks. It could take some time to put your processes and systems together but consider asking a virtual assistant to put these in place for you and they will probably give you suggestions on how things could be streamlined and what the most efficient system would be for your business. You’ll wonder how you managed to get things done before you had systems in place.
All of these reasons seem perfectly reasonable until you stop and consider the consequences. They are all taking you time and energy that you don’t have to spare. If you are working 24 hours a day, thinking about all the things you need to get done then it’s time to get some help.
Having the support of a virtual team will give you the
opportunity to grow and flourish!
There are different types of virtual assistants that can help you gain back your valuable time so that you can focus on what you do best in your business. Why not consider a specialist virtual assistant for your social media, bookkeeping, diary management, transcription work, organising your next product launch or conference.
These are just examples of the types of things you can outsource but if you still aren’t sure what types of tasks you can outsource check out this free guide!
Is a transcription service something you can benefit from in your business? Businesses underestimate the value that a transcription service can provide. If you spend time typing with 2 fingers then it's time to consider a transcription service. Here are 6 simple ways that this type of service can work for you, saving you time and making your business more productive.Read More
The importance of security can not be overlooked. Anyone can be hacked, even you! This is an issue that is becoming more and more common. Here are 5 things you can do to ensure that you are protected and not the victim of being hacked. If you are unlucky enough to be hacked, here is your checklist of what to do.Read More
Organising an event can be stressful, there is so much to do, so I thought I would share some tips that will help you through this process. You know why you are hosting your event but what are the main areas that you need to think about and decide upon before booking the venue and inviting the guests?
Here are some things to think about when organising an event to ensure that you have your bases covered.Read More
Working with a Virtual Assistant (also known as a VA) for the first time can be a little daunting. You might be thinking "I know I need help but I just don't know where to start." Don't worry, this is common.
PA Excellence has put some tips together to help you create a a successful working relationship with your virtual assistant, which means you will be more productive and able to focus on what you do best in your business, while your virtual assistant looks after the rest.Read More
How do we boost our productivity and go to bed with the satisfaction of knowing we've made the best, most efficient use of our time? Most people talk about being productive but struggle with putting it into practice.
Here are 5 tips that have worked for me; tips that have helped boost my daily productivity by miles and that I'm sure are going to do wonders for you too.Read More
Outsourcing is the best way to ensure that you have a team of experts working on your business, while you focus on what you do best. Depending on the type of task you need assistance with, will determine who you are outsourcing to. It may be a virtual assistant, bookkeeper, graphic designer, social media manager, copywriter or website creator. Regardless of who you are outsourcing to the mistakes to avoid are the same.Read More
How much time are you spending running your law practice rather than practising law? As a solo practitioner or a partner in a small law firm you will spend hours and hours attending to the business side of your practice. Some of those things will include scheduling and rescheduling apppointments, setting up client files, marketing your practice, social media, handling IT issues, invoicing and whole lot more. There is a cost effective solution that will get you back to practising law - a Legal Virtual Assistant!Read More
Is planning and scheduling your time worthwhile? Most definitely, without a plan you probably won't achieve what you want to and you will spend too much time trying to work out what needs to be done instead of getting it done.
A Plan Can Be As Simple Or As Complex As You Want It To Be
The 1st step is to think about what you want to achieve. Think about what you need to do and what your timeframe is. Once you have this basic information you can start to formulate a plan.
Here are a couple of tips to help you turn chaos into order!
You may be the best in your field but if no one knows that then that success could be much further away than you think.
"The key to making sure you succeed is planning!"
Businesses that plan are proven to be more successful than those that don't have a plan, so it's time to make your plan and set your goals for 2016!Read More