How to survive the holidays as a business owner

How to survive the holidays as a business owner

How are you feeling about the holidays? Are you relaxed, peaceful, and well organized? Or…like many of us…. are you walking along with a feeling of overwhelm? For many businesses, the holidays are their busy season while for others it’s a season of extreme slowness. No matter what kind of business you run or how many customers you have clamoring for your attention, this time of year tends to present a long list of challenges! Understanding how to take advantage of this holiday season and preventing it from swallowing you whole is extremely beneficial to your business and your personal well-being. This might mean taking extra time for planning, preparation, and education, but it also means checking out these holiday survival tips that will help you enjoy and profit from this holiday season. Schedule In Time Off For Yourself Sometimes when running a business, it’s altogether too easy to forget that you aren’t a robot and it’s okay to take some time off once in awhile. Schedule some time off during this holiday season to spend time with your family and friends, to go on a vacation, or to just chill out, eat good food, and binge watch some Netflix. You’ll be surprised at how much better you’re able to work once you get back to work after your time off! In order to maintain your peace of mind and keep your clients up to date, be sure to let your clients know you’ll be out of the office for a little while to celebrate the holidays. You can do this with an auto-reply email, or a special holiday-greeting...
How to tell that you need to hire a Virtual Assistant

How to tell that you need to hire a Virtual Assistant

You’ll never find 2 businesses that are the same, nor will you find 2 people that are exactly the same for that matter either – So who’s to say ‘When ‘X’ happens, you should hire a Virtual Assistant’?  You’ll have some people say you should hire a VA right away, regardless of whether you’re just starting your own business or not.  And then you have the other side of the coin, where people will say you’re better off to wait until you’ve established yourself and made some money.  In the end, it’s really all about what you think, your own individual preference.  Eventually, you will come to realize by some little signs here and there, that, yes, it’s time I get some outside help. You need to send out your Invoices – Although it’s very commendable to give your clients the absolute best possible service you can, sometimes you end up doing so at the expense of your business.  You can’t run a business without receiving an income, and you can’t receive an income without sending out your invoices/statements etc.  But you don’t really have the time! No worries!  A VA will take care of all your accounting needs so that you can best use your time working with and building your clientele. You’re drowning in emails – You find that your emails are increasing and you’re having to spend way too much time on reading and responding to all of the emails – You want to be able to reply yourself to all of them to give it a ‘personal’ touch, but it’s just taking too much time!...