Growing your business while maintaining a healthy work-life balance is the dream for most business owners.
Unfortunately for many business owners, that’s simply not how the chips fall. In many cases, this dream remains just that – a dream, too good to be true.
With the help of virtual assistant services like VirtualStaff365 however, a healthier work-life balance is achievable. Here are some of the ways a virtual assistant can help you bring back the life that you’ve always wanted.
How virtual assistants give you your time back
As a business owner, the number of responsibilities on your shoulders can be daunting. Many smaller business owners are responsible for everything, including:
- Bookkeeping and invoicing
- Sales and customer service
- Marketing and advertising
- Working on the front line
- Management and logistics
Here’s the problem though… you mightn’t possess all of these skills yourself!
Business owners who don’t know how to say ‘no’ eventually end up bearing the burden of running every aspect of their businesses and finishing all tasks themselves. This takes huge chunks of time away from other area that only you can look after, such as building a strategic vision and long-term planning.
If you find yourself drowning in work, here’s a tip: delegate!
Virtual assistant services are perfect for taking busy work off your hands. Virtual assistants can look after time-consuming, monotonous jobs (that need to be done regardless) such as:
- Administrative tasks such as checking emails
- Customer service like answering phone calls
- Data entry
- Organising and scheduling
These tasks are huge time sinks, and often lead to late nights and taking your business home with you.
Not only can virtual staff save you time by taking these nitty gritty jobs off your hands, but they also do it much more affordably too – in some cases, by up to 80% cheaper!
Virtual staff save you from overworking and burning out
Here’s a hypothetical: let’s say that you do have enough time to enjoy a healthy work-life balance.
There’s only one problem… while you have the time, you don’t have the drive.
Overwork and stress can make it so that even when you do find yourself with downtime, you can’t bring yourself to do anything with it. Feelings of lethargy are completely natural if you overwork and burn yourself out.
According to HealthDirect, burnout comes down to 3 factors:
- Emotional exhaustion
- Detachment from work
- Lacking a sense of achievement
All three come from taking on too much menial, boring work on at once.
In addition to giving you your time back, virtual staff also provide additional support in your work tasks. Virtual staff take work off your shoulders, fighting feelings of burnout.
Virtual assistant services help you work smarter
“Work smarter, not harder.”
Words to live by, if you ask me!
We don’t advocate laziness. However, if there’s a better way of doing something, then there’s no excuse to stay with old, inefficient methods.
Virtual assistant services don’t just help you… working smart involves playing smart with your resources. And as one of the most powerful resources you have, virtual assistants can be extremely effective at making your business smarter.
Here’s an example I like to bring up a lot. One of my clients had a sales team who spent a lot of their time chasing and qualifying leads. Naturally, this is an unavoidable part of any sales-based business – however, it did mean that the sales team spent a lot of time chasing prospects that didn’t eventuate.
That’s when they brought on a team of virtual assistants of their own.
Cleverly, they assigned the job of chasing leads to their virtual assistants. The end result? The sales team had more time to focus on qualified leads, instead of wasting time chasing “pie in the sky” prospects.
How virtual assistants keep your business on track
Additionally, virtual assistant services help you take care of the things you don’t know how to do.
Take bookkeeping for example. Not everybody has a head for numbers. While learning the basics of balancing your own books is a good idea, it can also be a major time investment and a recipe for stress.
Think about it: instead of spending your time off with your family, friends and hobbies, you’re busy trying to figure out how trial balances work or pouring over textbooks.
Upskilling and retraining is always a good idea. However, it can negatively impact your work-life balance, especially when you find yourself having to spend your private time doing homework.
Virtual assistant services like ourselves source VAs with all sorts of specialised skills. That means you don’t have to burden yourself out trying to learn everything there is to learn. The end result? A lighter mental load, less stress and more energy to enjoy your personal life!
Achieve work-life balance with VirtualStaff365!
These are just some of the ways virtual assistant services can help you tilt your work-life balance back towards “life”.
Eager to get your start in virtual staffing? If so, you’ll want to get in touch with a virtual assistant service in Melbourne.