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While it might seem like everyone is taking a break from work at the moment and jetting away on their holidays, your opportunity to take a break may feel out of reach. For many businesses in the health and wellness sector, demand for services can surge over the summer months.

Despite demand being high, you can still take a holiday from some aspects of your role as a business owner and that’s what I want to discuss with you in this blog.

Back-office functions can drain your time and energy

Is there anything worse than having to be working in your office during a lovely summer’s day? While everyone else is soaking up the sun and topping up their vitamin D levels, you feel tied to the computer with a mountain of admin that never seems to be close to complete.

The good news is that this aspect of your business operations is the easiest to outsource.

If the job needs to be done but it doesn’t have to be done by you, that’s a good indicator that outsourcing to a virtual administrator will be successful for you. Those time and energy-draining tasks like diary and email management, general admin, customer service, etc can all be managed by a VA.

And the best bit is, as virtual administrators are taking care of these tasks for a variety of business owners all the time, they have the skills and expertise you just don’t have the time to train for. And that knowledge can prove invaluable to your business.

Your team members might be going on holiday

Even if you find demand doesn’t increase for your business services over the summer, the effect of team members going on holiday may increase your workload all the same.

What you might not be aware of, is that virtual administrators can work with you on an ad-hoc basis. You don’t have to commit to a three-month contract or x  number of hours per month when outsourcing to a professional. Many VAs will be able to create a bespoke package of help designed specifically around what you need.

How you choose to outsource those tasks are completely up to you and you will be able to find a VA that’s a good fit for you and your business.

How to get started with a VA for your business this summer?

It’s really easy to get started with outsourcing to a virtual administrator. The most important step is research.  Ask around in groups that you are a member of, ask for recommendations.  Some of them may already be using a VA that’s amazing and would be happy to refer you. The next step is to get in touch and arrange a free and friendly chat about your needs, most VAs will offer this, it’s called a discovery call. During that call we can identify the tasks you’d like to outsource and what the process will look like.

Remember that you can ask any questions you like but don’t be surprised if you’re asked a lot of questions too! It’s really important that you vibe well with your VA and will both feel comfortable working together, even if it is only for a week or two.

You’ll be asked to sign a contract – this protects you and your VA by ensuring you both understand the arrangement, how it’ll work, the costs involved and anything else you may need to know. Signing contracts may feel scary but they give everyone that much-needed peace of mind that this professional arrangement is going to work out just fine.

And that’s it! Your VA will get started when needed, your back-office functions will be taken care of and you too can enjoy some of those sun-soaked days this summer.