There are countless ways a Virtual Assistant can help a start-up business. But with a tight budget and limited income, you may think it’s an unnecessary expense. It’s critical that you keep an eye on your expenditure at the early stages, but if you hire the right person, their input will prove invaluable. An experienced Virtual Assistant can help you avoid common start-up pitfalls. By tapping into their broad experience, you will also save time and money later down the line
Top five tasks to outsource as a start-up business
It’s easy to get carried away when you first launch your start-up. You are excited to get going and can’t wait to get those clients through the door. But without a clear business plan, you will come unstuck. The more planning you put in at the start, the better for your business in the long run. A Virtual Assistant can document your plans and help put them into action. A detailed project plan should be your best friend for at least the first six months of your business. You need to know what has to be done, by when and by whom. There is a logical order of doing things when starting a business and by following the project plan, you are less likely to go off track and make expensive mistakes.
Detailed research can be time consuming and as an eager entrepreneur, you might be tempted to dismiss it. Your idea is amazing right? Well, it very well might be. But, feedback from potential clients, in depth knowledge of your market and competitors is essential. A Virtual Assistant can provide impartial research on your behalf and present their findings to be used for making business decisions.
Start as you mean to go on. Keep track of all your income and expenditure from day one. Bookkeeping at the start can be messy as you will probably use multiple accounts for income and expenditure. A Virtual Assistant can set up a process for tracking your purchases and set up an invoicing system for your sales. When it comes to submitting your first Tax Return, you do not want to have to reconcile your personal bank accounts, business bank accounts, cheques, PayPal, cash payments and credit cards from 18 months ago.
#4 Social Media and Marketing
You want to tell the world about your new start-up. You set up your social media pages and post everything you can think of to gain followers and likes. STOP! Running social media for your business is very different from running it for your personal life. You need to be clear on your branding and ensure it is used consistently throughout all social media platforms. Sure, your friends and family will follow you and like all your posts, but the chances are they are not your target clients. A Virtual Assistant can help with this. They can post the right content to the right platform at the right time to get maximum impact. Remember the quality of your followers is much more important than the quantity.
#5 Advice and Experience
By its very nature, a Virtual Assistant would have worked with other businesses. Their experience and contacts can help take the leg-work out many aspects of launching a start-up. They may be able to refer you to good local professionals such as accountants, legal services or web developers. They may be able to advise you on how to develop your logo or where to get your business cards and stationary printed for example. A well-established Virtual Assistant is a very valuable contact to have on speed dial.
If you are launching a start-up, consider working with a Virtual Assistant. Give me a call to see how PA Polly can help make your business dreams a reality.