Making Your Time Away Work For You

Time away. It is the double-edged sword of being a small business owner.

Many of us start our businesses to provide schedule flexibility. Many achieve it in the day-to-day operations. Where we fall short is the ability to completely unplug from our business so we can recharge our batteries.

Taking a sabbatical, a vacation, or even a long weekend away is a great way to increase focus, maintain your physical and mental health, and simply get some time for yourself without the daily stressors that come from operating a business.

This is easier said than done, however. Many small business owners worry that if they step away from their phones or emails that they will miss out on business, alienate existing clients, or simply find themselves walking back into an insurmountable pile of work.

In a larger business there is someone to whom you can delegate those tasks, but what happens when there is no one to step in or step up?

Why not hire a short term service to answer the phones, filter the emails, and serve as a point of contact while you are away? Wouldn’t it be nice to take a break and return with your messages in order and knowing which communications need to be addressed immediately or have your calendar already filled with appointments that were taken in your absence?

It is possible, but it does require a bit of planning. Think about what is currently keeping you from taking time away. List out the tasks you need handled, then look objectively at whether they can be addressed with direction.

Don’t quite know where to start? Give us a call. We can look at your needs and craft an individual and affordable plan that will keep your business moving in the right direction while you take the necessary steps to recharge your energy and renew your focus.

 

Agility training isn’t just for athletes

Anyone running a small business knows that one has to wear a lot of hats.  Until the business is can be scaled to include a number of specialized roles, the owner must handle the bulk of work from all areas, not just the company’s primary function. As client workload increases, managing the tasks of the business can become burdensome–particularly if they fall in areas the owner considers outside of his or her wheelhouse.

When an owner isn’t ready to hire an entire team or subscribe to the considerable niche services many companies offer, having an assistant who can flex with the needs of the business can help to alleviate some of the stress points.

Not all assistants can wear all hats, so an owner should be sure to ask A LOT of questions. The following list is a good starting point, though certainly not comprehensive.

  1. What core services do you offer?
  2. Are all of these available through one service plan?
  3. What is your experience working with [X] platform?
  4. How do you go about learning a new process that is specific to my business?
  5. How do you communicate with your client(s) regarding progress on various projects?
  6. What sort of lead time do you need to complete a given project?

Any potential assistant should be willing to have a conversation highlighting how your business can be supported. An ideal one will also assess your current systems and tell you ways in which you can automate and find greater efficiency.

Want to know more?  Contact us to see how an assistant could help minimize the growing pains your business may be facing.