Owning a small business should not mean kissing goodbye to holidays.
Summer is here and that means the beginning of the holiday season. Taking a break from work is essential for all of us, it is good for your health, mental wellbeing and it can be good for your business too. A chance to recharge the batteries, make future plans and take time to see the business from a different perspective.
As a small business owner leaving the helm of your ship can be difficult: the challenge of ensuring that you have basic cover to enable the continued smooth running of the company in your absence. There are the logistics of how to handle your calls, reply to your emails, follow up on business development leads and ensure projects are kept on track and running smoothly. Sometimes the effort around trying to manage the tussle of work commitments and trying to enjoy your hard earned holiday can seem like more hassle than it is worth. Sounds familiar? A virtual assistant can provide an ideal solution.
Research undertaken by Direct Line in 2018 highlighted that small business owners and sole traders are under so much pressure that many of them have not been able to take a holiday over the past year. The research suggests that almost 1.5 million people in this position in the UK have not been able to take time off over the past 12 months. 16 % of SME decision makers said they had not taken any days off in the past year rising to 33% of sole traders and 18% of those with less than ten employees. Many business owners work on the basis that if they are not working they are not earning.
Learning to let go
A holiday is not a holiday if you cannot switch off in the faith that your business is in safe hands. You can return recharged and re-juvinated with a business that is running up to speed and isn’t going to leave you with a holiday hangover. It is a chance to switch from problem solver to blue sky thinking and relaxation can help promote creativity. There are many examples of small busines owners striking some of their best business ideas during a break from routine.
A Virtual PA can manage the office and keep the day-to-day running of the business on track in your absence. Safe in the knowledge that it is ‘business as usual’ will allow you time relax and enjoy your well earned break returning to work refreshed and will batteries re-charged. Taking calls, responding to emails, analysing whether correspondence needs immediate attention or can wait until after your return. By sending a daily digest of key information, executives can remain ‘online’ even when they’re not.
If you really can’t switch off, and you will gain comfort from having some form of daily or bi-daily digest, then your PA can arrange to for this to be sent through, at the close of business each day, so that you can feel happy with progress.
Hit the Ground Running
Experts at what they do, many of our PAs stem from a background supporting leaders in blue-chip, multi-national as well as from entrepreneurial careers themselves. Our dynamic and competent team hit the ground running and have the know-how required to lead their clients in where to make best use of their support. There’s no training required.
Tasks that a PA can help with
A PA can help with the following:
- taking phone calls
- responding to emails
- dealing with post
- analysing whether correspondence needs immediate action or it can wait until after their return.
- Forwarding daily digest updates
- managing your diary for your return
- delegation so that work still progresses in your absence
- project management to ensure tasks are completed, deadlines are met and that works are kept on track
- Following up on sales leads
- Invoicing and chasing up outstanding payments
How it works
Each Buy Time customer is carefully assigned a dedicated assistant who works in accordance with their client’s individual needs. We adapt to our clients – working from their office, home or virtually. Our company’s scale means there is always someone in the team with the right expertise, and available to assist.
A cost effective solution
Our focus is our client. We therefore offer a flexible and transparent pricing structure, with no membership, contract or joining fees. There is no minimum requirement simply Buy Time as it’s needed. Your dedicated PA will flex up or down based on your business workload.
For a chat about how we can help support you and your business this holiday season please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0203 292 0566.