Summer is approaching. Many entrepreneurs and managers will be contemplating their summer vacation or the holidays of their team. Who takes care of business? Use a virtual assistant over the summer? What do you think? All business owners worry about who will check their emails and keep their business ticking over whilst on holiday. If you are in the corporate world, perhaps you need someone to cover your executive assistants whilst they are on holiday or another key member in your team. Is this a concern for you? In this post, I will provide 5 reasons to use a Virtual Assistant over the summer holidays. This can provide a workable solution for you whether it is for your holiday or a key member in your team.
Think about it -virtual assistants are very skilled in their niche and excellent for a special project. If they do great work over your holiday period, you have just found a great resource. You can utilise them, should the need arise, at short notice in the future. In addition, think of the fresh perspective a virtual assistant can provide to your business just for that short period of time.
Reason 1: Social Media
Due to the nature of this online marketing activity, you need to be consistent and ensure that you are visible each day. It is going to be a challenge to give this priority and enjoy your holiday at the same time. Outsourcing this activity to a virtual assistant over the summer holidays makes perfect sense. A virtual assistant can provide a weekly planner and ensure that your postings are completed on time. They can also interact with and manage your followers at the same time.
Reason 2: Email & Diary Management
Nothing is worse than coming back from holidays with an inbox full of spam and emails to deal with. Is that your experience? You can use a Virtual Assistant over the summer to help manage your inbox and filtering emails. When you return, your emails are prioritised in the order that you should respond. They can also monitor your inbox for any urgent requests. If you like, the virtual assistant can contact you if it is urgent. The virtual assistant can also take care of your appointment scheduling in your absence and deal with any general enquiries. In my experience, clients could not thank me enough for providing them with a manageable inbox when returning from holiday.
Reason 3: Filing
This is a great opportunity to use a virtual assistant to help you with de-cluttering. What is your online filing system like? What has happened to all those business cards you have collected? A virtual assistant over the summer period can assist you to get these in order. You will then be able to find vendors quickly when you need them.
Reason 4: Tax Preparation
Yes, as entrepreneurs we all need to get ourselves ready for our tax assessments. We know this can be a horrendous task if you have not been keeping on top of this throughout the year. I know. I have been caught out too many times!! Do you need help adding your expenses to your spreadsheet for your accountant? This summer is a great time to get a virtual assistant to do this for you. Your virtual assistant can also help you to research areas in which you can receive tax concessions. Now that would be worth it come January!
Reason 5: Internet Research
Do you have a topic you need to research for your next blog? What about preparing for your next project? Perhaps you require a venue space and do not have the time to research it? Are you planning another big trip and you need someone to help you with getting the cheapest flights? Whatever desk research you need, you can use a virtual assistant over the summer to assist you with these time consuming tasks.
In summary, do not allow your summer holiday to put your business on hold. Use a virtual assistant over the summer to help you to keep your business working so you do not have to.
What you should do next?
If you have organised your next holiday or have a desire to and you do not want to work whilst you are chilling on the beach, then I suggest you contact a virtual assistant now. Get the ball rolling. Think about the specific areas you would like support and your budget. Do yourself a favour, have a break, have a holiday!
Please do contact us if you have a need. We would be more than happy to help you.
P.S. Just a final thought – A virtual assistant can also help cover staff sickness and maternity leave. Why not invest in a virtual assistant now so that when these unforeseen occurrences happen you are not caught off guard. It is also a plus point knowing that the same virtual assistant can cover these absences when they come up.