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You’re sitting at your desk with an inbox overflowing with work, your outbox empty, and the phone rings. It’s a prospective client offering you a new project paying more than any of your current projects are paying.
Your heart starts beating rapidly. You want, more than anything else, to take the project and earn more money, but at the same time you’re already losing sleep due to the amount of work you’re not able to tackle in a day. What do you do?
This is a dilemma many business owners face as their businesses are growing and even more so after they are running successfully. Happy clients are spreading the business name around to their networks, and people in need of services jump at the chance to hire a competent, reputable business to fill their needs. Unfortunately, many business owners are unprepared for extra work for one primary reason… Staffing.
Letting go of work to let new employees handle it scares the crap out of many business owners. They built their business from scratch, doing most, if not all the work themselves. From invoicing and appointment setting to inquiry responses and client visits, these owners are heavily invested in the mentality that “Anything you can do, I can do better.” Such mentality can hurt a business drastically.
Consider these scenarios:
- Client invoices have been stacking up for the past two months because you haven’t had time to send them out, therefore you have not gotten paid.
- Your social media marketing it at a standstill, if your social media accounts ever got set up, so you are unable to prove your expertise to potential clients who don’t even know you’re out there.
- Your email inbox has reached max capacity and you don’t have time to respond to appointment requests, work follow-ups or simple inquiries. Worse yet, most of the emails are SPAM, which frustrates you because the important emails get lost in the crap.
Many business owners tell themselves that they will be able to address the above work on nights and weekends, despite much needed family and friend time. Simple personal tasks and activities like hygiene, grocery shopping and (imagine this) sleep take time, not to mention the slew of outside social engagements you’ve committed yourself to. In your effort to please everyone, your “I can” attitude has turned into an “Oh shit!” outcome.
It’s time to give The Little Engine That Could and his “I think I can” attitude a vacation. You need help.
Virtual assistants are skilled professionals who can help you with all your behind-the-scene tasks so that you and your business can continue to shine. With a variety of skills including graphic design, website maintenance, research, bookkeeping, client relations, social media marketing, presentation preparation, document/spreadsheet preparation and maintenance and more, you have absolutely NO EXCUSE to be stressing over the grunt work your business needs completed.
Are you ready to take the first big step to true success and hire help? Sutton Creative Studios here to help! Contact us today to discuss the many ways in which we can help you and your business succeed!
Kim Sutton is the Managing Partner and Chief Everything Officer of The Sutton Companies, including Sutton Strategic Solutions and Sutton Creative Studios. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture. In her free-time, Kim cherishes the time she gets to spend with her husband, Dave (her business partner), and five children. She also enjoys reading, knitting and writing.
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