The dreaded word, research! Research is a major part of a business for a variety of reasons, some of which being competitor analysis, social media posts, blog writing, prospecting and much more.
Do you do research?
If your answer is no then you are missing out on opportunities for gaining new business so you definitely should be. Many people say they just simply do not have the time to do research properly and my reply is always yes, research is one of those tasks that take up your valuable time but it is one of those essential tasks too.
So what do you do?
You are in a muddle between loosing valuable billable time and carrying out vital research, so what do you do? Yes, you can just carry on without research but the time will come in your business where it is an absolute necessity to be able to take your business forward, you could carry out the research yourself and lose some billable hours a month or you could outsource to a virtual assistant without losing money or time.
Why do I think outsourcing is the best option?
Outsourcing is a great option for businesses and makes a lot of sense to be able to grow your business – if you want to of course! And the main reasons why being:
- Saves you money – I hear you thinking but how if I’m paying someone else? Simply put a virtual assistants charge would be less than your hourly rate so if you charge £60ph and pay a Virtual Assistant £25ph you are earning £35ph more than if you were completing the tasks yourself.
- Virtual assistants are highly skilled in their area so it is likely to take a VA a shorter amount of time than it would you doing it yourself. It is likely they are looking for similar information for other clients so will be keeping up to date with what is going on in the relevant industries.
Still not sure outsourcing is for you?
That’s fine, it is a tough decision to make. I would recommend having a chat with a virtual assistant if you are in this situation to see how you feel, see what options you have and costs etc so you can make a decision that is right for you and your business.
Did you know SME’s send an average of 4.10hours a week on admin tasks!
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