Building a business is like building a house!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Building a business is like building a house – you need lots of elements to work and hold it all together. With a house you use the obvious nails, mortar, timber, bricks etc and with a business you need a Manager and a great team of people behind him/her

Building a business is like building a house – you need lots of elements to work and hold it all together. With a house you use the obvious nails, mortar, timber, bricks etc and with a business you need a Manager and a great team of people behind him/her.

As with building a house, the costs of building a business can escalate so quickly that you can sometimes wonder if it is worthwhile. However perseverance and good common sense can assist you over this hurdle.

When you first decide to build or renovate a house, you take time to analyse every requirement you have, you research tradesmen, get a number of quotes, work out which way of building is more cost effective etc.

Well the same can occur when starting up your own business. You will need a lawyer and a good accountant to assist you with any start up contracts and business accounting procedures. Once you have that in place, you may feel at a loose end not knowing which way to turn.

You ask yourself “Do I hire someone to assist me full time?”, “What do I want to achieve out of my business?”. Although a small business will eventually need someone to work with the business full time, in the short term it is more cost effective for a small business owner to employ a Virtual Assistant to assist them. “Why?” you can ask yourself.

Virtual Assistants can be more beneficial to small business especially in the initial stages of a business in a number of ways:

A Virtual Assistant is more cost-effective - you only pay for the hours a Virtual Assistant works

A Virtual Assistant looks after their own payroll – you do not have this expense

A Virtual Assistant has their own equipment and software

A Virtual Assistant has several years experience in administration so that you know you will have someone working with you that understands your needs and that of your business

A Virtual Assistant works alongside your business – this works two-fold, if your business is a success, then so is theirs

A Virtual Assistant is a small business professional also

A Virtual Assistant can set up your business, organise procedures and undertake the initial administrative work and once you are ready to employ someone permanently, it is an easy handover for you and your business

All in all, if you want a house to remain standing for many years at a cost which has not broken the bank, you research and hire people to assist you in this pursuit.

The same works if you want a business to grow and be a permanent fixture for a long period of time. Initially work out your needs and only contract out work in order to be cost-effective and still maintain a high level of professionalism for your business and your clients.

Examples of how a virtual assistant can assist are:

General Administrative;
Office setups and procedures;
Assistance with newsletter creation and monthly mailouts;
Research;
Book-keeping;
Concierge services; and
HR assistance.

Whatever administrative requirements you have may appear small to you but a VA can assist – big or small.


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Hazel Theocharous is an experienced Virtual Assistant working with small business operators with their administrative needs. Learn more on www.assistinguvirtually.com.au

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