I am an advocate for making sure we use things in business that is going to make our lives easier, benefit the time we have, and make our day to day tasks run more smoothly.
I also am a keen process implementer, I do feel that when we have to do things for our business and on a regular basis, having a process is key, this not only helps you to stay on track making sure you do all the right things in a specific way but also very handy should you hand certain tasks over to a VA for an example.
But, processes aren’t the only key aspect of making sure your business runs smoothly. Also having the right tools makes a massive difference, but there are ridiculous amounts of tools out there that do the same thing, but having the time to research, compare and learn is the tricky part, so I have compiled a top 10 list of essential guide of what I feel are essential tools for your business:
With the use of virtual assistants on the rise in the UK, with more and more small to medium-sized businesses taking the opportunity to work with someone without having to pay employment fees.
These business owners are realising that having a VA on the books is a great way for progression and guidance, as well as the support that VAs give business owners.
Once you have got past the ‘should I or shouldn’t I’ question that quite often keeps you stuck and you start to work with one, you will quickly realise that it was the best investment you could make for your growing business.
With so many varieties of VA’s out there, you will never be shy in finding the perfect outsourcing solution, here are some different VA options:
As a self-employed business owner, taking time off can be daunting at the best of times. You may worry that your business will grind to a halt without you at the helm, that you’ll lose the momentum you have worked so hard to build, that disaster will strike and you won’t be there to put the fire out and, on top of all that, you feel guilty for enjoying time off when you “should” be working.
I’ve had all of these worries and more and it’s taken me a good few years to truly appreciate that time off – and I mean real time away from your business with the opportunity to unplug entirely – is absolutely essential to both our wellbeing and our success in business.
I would love to say I am fresh out of school and at the start of a career, but that’s not the case at all. I have been in work since the mid-90s, I remember getting my first business support job, then getting another job in London (that’s my hometown) I remember finishing work and heading to the nearest wine bar and having a laugh with my work colleagues.
I was going to avoid this topic this week, may it be due to burying my head in the sand, or scared to talk about so a huge topic. But I sat there and thought maybe it is something I should talk about as I am aware of so many business owners who are suffering from stress.