These are unusual, unprecedented circumstances for businesses across the country. But the most important thing to remember is something that my great-grandfather used to say in his charming, broken English - This, too, shall pass.
In the meantime, experts outline these basic steps that all small businesses can use to get through this difficult, temporary period.
One solution to your economic woes is to hire a Virtual Assistant team. In uncertain times, the businesses that pivot and adapt are the ones who survive. Consider this alternative solution to maintain (and grow) your operation.
Virtual Assistants are a flexible, agile, professional solution that your business needs to deal with the turbulence ahead.
Here are 4 reasons why strategic experts believe that Virtual Assistants are the way to get ahead:
Hiring a Virtual Assistant is the most flexible solution available
It’s difficult to commit to a large expense of hiring a full-time or part-time employee… yet the To Do List is still there, and someone needs to tackle it. Our Virtual Assistant team operates on an on-demand basis - you can outsource administrative/marketing/bookkeeping/web work to your team when you need help, as you need it. You can continue to provide services to your clients and keep your business running smoothly-- without the expense of officially expanding your in-house team.
2. Virtual Assistants fill in the gaps on-demand
Many businesses struggle to find high quality and reliable talent. A Virtual Assistant company takes care of all of that for you. We recruit Virtual Assistants from all 50 US states who have a Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience. Once we find ideal candidates, we go through a multi-step interview process including stringent background checks, rigorous skills testing and working behavior/personality tests. If you’re struggling to find the right talent, outsourcing to a Virtual Assistant will let you fill in the gaps until the job market picks up again. And, you can be sure that you have high quality on your side.
3. You can focus on what you do best, and outsource the rest
Many entrepreneurs succumb to getting caught up in the minutia details and lose sight of the strategic vision and growth. Outsourcing tasks like sales support, social media, bookkeeping and email triage can help you focus on the strategic growth and planning of your business. Putting time and effort into generating new leads now will ensure that you have a pool of potential customers to rely on once things have calmed down.
4. Virtual Assistants can help you grow
Despite what the media reports, it is not all doom and gloom. Since the coronavirus crisis is a single-issue shock— due entirely to a known unknown— the markets and the economy will roar back sharply once the crisis is over. With difficult times comes new opportunities and it’s important to take advantage of them in a timely manner. A Virtual Assistant can help strategize and coordinate marketing efforts, such as podcasting and social media, so you can be taking advantage of what is presenting itself. Having started a business smack in the middle of the 2008 financial crash, I know that in challenging times, there is always, always opportunity. This is not a time to slow marketing efforts down, but rather, turn them up.