by Michelle Hill-Smith
As a small business owner in a failing economy, eliminating
unnecessary expenses in overhead and operations is one of the sure ways
to keep your business afloat. Making this decision is critical to
your success. Revamping your business to fit the “Go Virtual” business
model should be the first step taken in operating your “Smarter
Business.” Choosing this type of model doesn’t have to mean a major
re-writing of your business plan or taking out a small business loan.
is actually fairly easy and simply requires that you retire the
ice-age methods for production and implement 21st Century communication
Times have definitely changed
and all for more productivity, simplicity and a better ozone layer.
Today, many small business owners are able to run a full operation from
the comfort of their own homes cutting overhead expenses by nearly
60%. With major cutbacks in space, leasing fees, property taxes,
signage, hardware and furniture, unproductive staff, and utilities, not
only are you spending thousands of dollars on the machinery,
software, office space and more, the cost of managing other bodies and
their needs is quite costly as well.
For this very
reason, working with what is known as a Virtual Assistant or Business
Support Specialist is one of the smarter ways to do business. However,
working with any ole' VA just won't do. Ensure that you check out their
expertise, the credentials and most importantly, their compatibility
and ability to work with you and provide ALL of your business needs.
Find out how they're operating their own business. What systems are
they using, if any at all. An additional observation needs to be on the
professionalism, organization and reputation of their company. Not
only is working with a proficient and passionate individual or team
crucial for your own productivity, but it’s also a smart starting
point to establishing better systems for your business.
benefits of working with a virtual team are endless. From helping you
run your office, keeping track of customers, freeing you to gain more
productivity to build revenue and much more, a strong team can be the
difference between success and failure. In many cases, your virtual
assistant or team will be more proficient than you at certain tasks,
and will be able to complete them with greater accuracy and in less
time than if you did them yourself. Because as business owners, we
tend to where many hats, even those that are not our type or color, we
become severely overwhelmed, confused and unproductive. This costs us
tons of time, money and ultimately customers.
problem by learning to delegate some of your time-consuming projects
and activities. If you’re worried about training your new Virtual
Assistant or Team to do what you need, keep in mind that they
specialize in office management, social media, creative design and many
other areas in small business marketing, productivity and operations.
Your colleagues are already making strides towards modernized
productivity which is to Go-Virtual. Do some research and learn how you
to can eliminate issues with time management, high cost of doing
business and become a Smarter Business in 2012!