How Virtual Office Assistants Balance Work and Home
You’re living your dream and are now a small business owner. The best perk is that you work at home, which was only a fantasy not long ago. Quickly, you learn that it’s not quite as easy to balance home and work. The good news is that it’s possible with just a little imagination. While your focus may be to stay at home with your children, it’s crucial to remember that your clients must feel that they are a priority as well. Without your clients, you will need to work the 9 to 5 shift. Virtual office assistants find that they must learn quickly to balance their work and home life.
How Do We Do It?
As I said, it’s not that difficult with a little planning. We begin with a schedule that we know we can keep. Don’t leave a lot of little things unscheduled (I’ll get to it, I don’t have to put it down won’t work). Plan when you will check your email and when you will return calls. It’s best to return calls in the morning and afternoon so that your clients won’t feel neglected. If you plan on this, let your callers know when they should expect to hear from you, between say 2:00 and 4:00. This way they understand that you consider their time as valuable as yours.
Remember to schedule everything, and not only billable hours such as:
- Social media
- Phone calls
- Anything that will consume your time
Don’t forget to schedule time with your family and for recreation. When making your schedule, remember why you wanted to work at home. You have your schedule completed now. Great! It’s now time to implement.
Know When You Can’t Do It All
There’s no shame in hiring a housekeeper, a gardener, or an assistant. In fact, as your business grows, you will need additional help. Many have found that when you just need help for a few hours a day, week, or month it’s more cost-effective to use a virtual office assistant. Consider the cost of each, and you may quickly find that using a virtual assistant for a few hours a week makes sense. I have worked with clients who used my services for three hours a day and some that occasionally call.
At the End of the Day
As the end of the day, prepare for tomorrow. Clean off your desk. After all, we all hate to walk into a cluttered office. Next, write down three things you want to do tomorrow in order of importance and walk away. Did I say walk away? That’s exactly what I meant. Your day has ended and you need to rest, enjoy your family, and this will make for a more successful day tomorrow.