You work: HARD. You deserve to take some time away for yourself and enjoy your family. There is only one problem: Unlike having a job, your business does not go on without you. If you aren’t working, your business isn’t running. Even if you only work a few hours a week, you will be giving those hours up. The question is: What do you do to keep your business running and enjoy your vacation?
Your options are to:
1. Leave your emails unanswered and let your social media go to pot.
2. Outsource the important parts of your business that can’t be passed up.
Yes, this will cost you money, but it is also making you money. You can flush all of your sales and make your customers angry OR you can keep it going seamlessly in your absence and catch up on the things that only YOU can do when you get back.
Now, what do you outsource? You can’t just hand the entire business over to someone, but you can hand over the easy parts. When you have been working with a virtual assistant for some time, they know certain parts of your business and your customers. It will be easy for them to take on additional tasks. However, if you have never used a virtual assistant before, you will — understandably– be hesitant. The goal is to bring on a VA now and then once you see that things are working out, give them additional tasks for the time that you are away.
These are 3 of the easiest things to outsource while on vacation:
1. Social Media Engagement: You don’t want your page to go stale, so have someone in place to engage with your customers across your platforms so that it doesn’t go dead. You will also need to make sure that your social media is scheduled to run just as if you were in your office.
2. Email Newsletter/Blog Posts: Have your content written early and hand this information over to your assistant to have scheduled and ready to go.
3. Emails: Sure, you can put on a out-of-office response, but if there are questions that someone can answer, have your virtual assistant check your email. They can even give a person response that says you are out of the office instead of the responder. The only emails you need to see are the emails that are immediate emergencies. The rest can wait.
Depending on your business, these may not apply, but look at the parts of your business that MUST be addressed. Those need to continue seamlessly. For example, if you are in direct sales and new people come onboard, you can have a virtual assistant ready to send out your pre-generated email to welcome them so they are not waiting a week or more to hear from you.
Your business can run without you for a little while if you have the right strategies in place. Now, GO and enjoy your vacation!
Heather Santo is a certified Virtual Administrative Consultant with over 15 years of customer service experience. She also spent time in corporate America as a Human Resources Manager performing generalist duties and specializing in recruiting. She now enjoys using her talents to serve her clients and help them to operate their businesses efficiently. She specializes in Aweber, Pinterest, WordPress Thesis, Gratitude Concierge Work and social media content graphic creation.
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