Once again we are revisiting a post that first appeared on BeckyBeach.net in June 2012, a time when I was only a few months into my time at Red Desk. Lindsay was busy trying to sort out how best to spend her time and what work to pass onto me. We are now 5 Virtual Assistants at Red Desk and many of the same principles apply.
Delegating can be a difficult thing to do at times, a big hurdle: passing on work and explaining how it should be done. Sometimes you might think the easier “quickest” route is to “do it all yourself” but that isn’t effective or making the best use of the resources around you. Once you’ve jumped over that initial hurdle and got your head round passing on work you feel like you are flying! It’s such a great feeling to know that there’s another capable person you can count on who’s helping to move your business in the right direction.
Outsourcing monthly tasks or one-off smaller projects can be hugely efficient and a time-saving option. There are so many tasks that can be passed onto a VA company like Red Desk, anything from bookkeeping and VAT returns, research or setting up social media, to managing a property, project or event.
Once a good working relationship is set up, it can set your mind racing on the possibilities and give a business owner time to actually think about what direction they’re headed in.
To achieve more in your business you need to get the right person doing the right job, freeing up your time for what you do best and if your VA can’t take the task, they can certainly research the best person/or company.
With the amazing advances in technology over the last few years there is absolutely no need for people working on the same project to actually be in the same place, now you can receive your emails on your phone or ipad, queries can be answered without delay.
Having said that sometimes nothing can replace a face to face meeting, so although Red Desk is “virtual”, we are local so are able to meet with our clients or with each other as and when needed.
If you’ve been thinking about outsourcing, do get in touch!