Running any small business is a plate-spinning exercise, but because coaching requires you to spend all your time either one-on-one or in group sessions, you’re likely to have even less time for admin, marketing, finance and other essential tasks. That’s why you might be finding it difficult to grow your business, and that’s why it’s worth finding out how virtual assistants can give you the break you need.
How can a virtual assistant help you?
A virtual assistant handles all of the jobs you don’t have time to do. Some coaching businesses pass all their admin and day-to-day tasks to a VA; others just outsource specific actions that they know need doing well. For example, managing email is basic virtual assistance territory, but you’ll find they can also run your social media, handle your bookkeeping or make calls and diary appointments for you.
So what do you want?
If you’re reading this, you probably already know that you need some support. You might be wondering about the difference between secretarial services and virtual assistants, or not sure which tasks are the best to outsource. We’re talking about helping you expand your business, so the support you get should be with that goal in mind, and could be:
Social media campaigns
Website updates and management
Direct mail promotions
If your goal is to get more customers, you need to know who those customers are, where you can find them and how you can get them to buy. This means spending a bit of time on strategy – how many new clients do you need? What additional financial value will they bring to the business? How much can you spend on reaching the right people?
Once you have a strategy in place, you can work with a full- or part-time virtual assistant to develop a campaign which they can create, run and measure for you, leaving you to concentrate on your clients.
Investment, not cost
Businesses who see outsourcing solutions as a cost tend to try and keep everything in-house and, as a result, lots of important tasks are only half-done. Outsourcing is an investment: it frees up your time so that you can continue to bring money into the business; it gives you access to valuable help and support; it brings a different perspective to your business, helping you to see new ways of doing things and giving you the confidence to follow new paths.
This investment will reward you with more time, better income, less stress and business growth.
Strategic, efficient growth
Many businesses save more than just their sanity with virtual assistants. Good VA teams understand which software could help you save time; which processes will help to speed up invoices and payments; which approaches work better on Facebook than on Twitter. They have the skills, experience and knowledge to help you build a more efficient business – and that in itself is a step towards business growth.
A virtual assistant for your coaching business
Why Hire a Virtual Assistant? There are lots of reasons why a VA could be exactly what you need to get your growth plans off the ground. When you’re searching, here are a few important things to consider. For example, do they offer a wide range of support services, such as:
Marketing and social media support
Bookkeeping, invoicing and credit control
Event and travel organisation
Diary and email management
Secretarial and general admin support
A good virtual assistant team will be able to offer a range of skills, so you can pick and choose the ones that are right for you. You should also look for flexible charging for the number of hours support that you need. This keeps your costs down and keeps you in control all the time. When you need more help, you just need to ask.
To find out more about how virtual assistants can make a real difference to your business, or would like to know more about our other virtual business assistant services feel free to call us on 0800 994 9016 or click here to request a free consultation.