Christmas is a time for family, celebrations and plenty of joy but for the small business owner it can be a time full of stress and not enough hours in the day. Getting everything wrapped up in time for the 25th December can be difficult but with parties, dinners and other festivities to pack in, it can definitely be one of the toughest times of the year. Thankfully, there are many ways you can get last-minute help over this busy period. A Virtual Assistant could really help you to keep on top of the additional tasks that the festive season brings. Here are some of the services that a Virtual Assistant could help you with:
1. Keeping up with emails / correspondence
Just like everyone else, you are probably keen to get home to your family for Christmas and take some time off. However, not all of your clients will be doing the same. Emails still need to be answered and social media channels need to be updated. Luckily, you can outsource all of this to a Virtual Assistant, who can keep up with your correspondence during the festive period. This keeps your clients and suppliers happy, and you get to enjoy some much-needed rest over the festive season, safe in the knowledge that everything is being taken care of in your absence.
2. Keeping on top of your diary
December should be a time for fun, festivities and relaxation, but any business owner knows that in most cases, it’s the busiest time of the year. You have Christmas parties and festive get-togethers to book and attend both personally and professionally. Having a Virtual Assistant who can use their expert organisational skills to coordinate your diary, send you reminders for upcoming events, book venues and organise all of your own personal travel plans. Tuxedo hire – no problem!
3. Thanking your clients
For those clients that have supported you throughout the year, taking the time to say thank you is a lovely way to show your appreciation, and what better time than Christmas? However, it is time consuming to sit and hand-write cards, address them all and get them sent out. Even sending e-cards is far more time consuming than you would imagine. A Virtual Assistant can manage this whole process for you. They can source cards, hand-write personal messages and send in time to ensure they reach your clients before they leave for the Christmas break. If you want to go the extra mile, your Virtual Assistant can also help with sourcing gifts. Whatever your budget, your VA can find the perfect gift, wrap it and despatch it.
4. Planning a party for your staff or clients
Your employees have been working hard for you throughout the year so what better way to say thank you and show your appreciation than to throw a Christmas party. Whether it’s a buffet and some drinks in the local pub or a lavish, sparkling soiree with Champagne and caviar, a Virtual Assistant can put together an event to remember. Wouldn’t it be nice to just show up knowing that every little detail has been taken care of?
5. Planning for the New Year
As a business owner your time is best spent doing the tasks that develop your business and increase profitability. That means that towards the end of the year you should be focused on planning for the new year ahead. But how can you possibly do that with mundane tasks building up, and all the other festivities to enjoy? Hiring a Virtual Assistant to take care of all the time-consuming administrative tasks will free up your time to concentrate on the big stuff.
Santa couldn’t manage Christmas without the help of all his elves so why not take a leaf out of his book and ensure that you have all the help you need to get through the festive season and hit the New Year head-on! A Virtual Assistant could be just what you need to keep on top of everything and give you the chance to recharge your batteries.