Do you get bogged down with things you shouldn’t be working on? Do you feel that you’re wasting time on repetitive administrative tasks and in the process you’re losing time to focus on the bigger picture? You’re not alone: in fact research conducted in 2016 for The Alternative Board’s Business Pulse Survey shows that 33% of entrepreneurs state that dealing with email is the biggest time strain on their business. Closely followed by 24% saying the second biggest time waster for them is working on administrative tasks.
If you’re going to build a repetitive task into your routine then take the time to write down the steps. Which steps are you currently doing manually, and is there a way to automate it? You could use social media groups, forums or gain help from a tool, app or course. There are so many ways you can increase efficiency, you just need to take a little up-front time to set it up.
Then ask yourself are you really the best person to be working on these repetitive and time-consuming tasks? Where is your time better spent? Time is money after all. A 2016 survey by the UK Federation of Small Businesses found that the average small business owner spends per month an average of only 8 hours and 50 minutes working on new business development. Putting it in to context that’s around one quarter of the huge 33 hours plus they spend on administration!
Delegating tasks to an experienced and skilled Virtual Assistant could well be the answer. The list of tasks a Virtual Assistant can support you with is vast, so once you’ve delegated tasks such as organising e-mails, managing your diary, generating invoices, updating blogs and social media, scheduling appointments, processing expenses (the list goes on). Your time is now freed up to focus your time, talent and energy on a massively productive question: How can you develop your business to bring money in faster?
Outsourcing is an investment but it’s an investment that buys you your time back. How much is your time worth?
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