Relieve some of the pressure on your time without affecting your business

Business owners are finding it increasingly difficult to switch off at the end of the business day. To-do lists seem to be ever growing and work days constantly increase in length in a bid to deal with the increasing demands on your time.

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It can be difficult to cope with the effect that this has on your health, relationships and mental state as well as the impact on your business productivity.

Taking time for yourself or even a holiday can seem impossible.

Employing business support or a virtual assistant can help take on some of your tasks, leaving you to focus on the parts of the business that you enjoy. There are an increasing number of Virtual Assistants out there. For example the Business Support Gloucestershire Company found at

The following is a list of areas you can contract to your business support / virtual assistant:

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  1.  Creating/updating/maintaining databases & CRMs
  2.  Collating business cards in Excel for uploading to CRMs or address books
  3.  Data Entry
  4.  Basic book-keeping – such as entering your invoices and expenses onto whichever bookkeeping software you have chosen. Although for more complex areas it is worth finding a virtual assistant or business support company that has an experience bookkeeper who can support you.
  5.  Online research – this could be providing market research or collating together case studies from your work with clients or on a particular industry.
  6.  Typing up notes – if you have a lot of dictated work it is a good idea to find someone who has experience in dictation and audio transcription as their typing speed and accuracy is usually higher than that of a general typist.
  7.  Minute taking
  8.  Social media maintenance/scheduling
  9.  Forum commenting/monitoring
  10. Transcription
  11. Marketing
  12. Creating/editing/formatting templates & guides
  13. Chasing outstanding invoices
  14. Diary/calendar management
  15. Email management
  16. Writing/editing/formatting reports & presentations
  17. Blog set up/writing/editing – having someone else write blogs for you can seem like a daunting task and people often worry that someone outside of the company may not understand the processes of the work carried out enough to be able to write an article. A good blog writer will take the time out to meet with you and research your company along with look at general sector related information and updates to help keep your blogs current and fresh. Also a new pair of eyes on the business may help you identify some areas tow rite about that you had not previously thought about.
  18. Newsletter set up/ writing/ editing/ maintenance/ scheduling
  19. ebook writing/editing/formatting
  20. writing/editing business plans & policies
  21. Proofreading

So, if you are struggling with your to do list look at what you can either pass over to a colleague or what you could outsource. Everyone deserves some time to themselves even business owners!

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