What is the most used word in the business lexicon? We’re not entirely sure, but no doubt ‘efficiency’ would be one of the leading contenders. Put simply: from sole traders and start-ups to SMEs and multi-nationals, making the best use of one’s time and resources is essential to success.
Most of us can subscribe to that notion without too much difficulty. Most of us strive to be as efficient as possible. Most of us would likely agree that we could do more.
We’ve found that one of the key ingredients to being more productive is effective time management. With only 24 hours in a day, every successful business needs to use its time in the most efficient way. In other words, tasks should be undertaken by those individuals who can do them best. However, we admit this is easier said than done, especially when you know your business better than anyone.
In this case, business executives should consider what roles only they can perform and where others could help. If we’re trying to maximise efficiency, it doesn’t make sense for directors to spend their time on tasks that not only could be completed by someone else, but could be completed by someone who is specifically trained to undertake them.
This scenario often arises when it comes to administrative tasks. No matter what industry you work in, ‘admin’ is an inevitable and unavoidable part of the job. From data entry and file maintenance to answering the phone and arranging meetings, all of us will spend time on admin; time that could be better spent elsewhere.
In the past, traditional business executives realised that outsourcing administrative work to an executive assistant would help free up their time to concentrate on tasks that add more value to their business; tasks only they could do. Yet, some believe the idea of having an executive assistant seems anachronistic. A method from a bygone era. Well, like technological advances have modernised the business world, the concept of the ‘assistant’ has modernised too.
In addition to traditional administrative tasks, such as invoicing and expense management, modern assistants, like a modern business, are much more flexible, both in what they do and how they do it. A modern executive virtual assistant, for example, can work remotely on an hour-by-hour basis and work only when you need them to. A modern executive virtual assistant can provide online analysis of your market and help you master the minefield that is social media. A modern executive virtual assistant can help revolutionise your working habits and provide you with the freedom to make your business grow. A modern assistant, to use that word again, assists efficiency.
Even if you pride yourself on your organisational skills, your time is likely to be better used elsewhere. Even if only 20% of your day is spent on admin, that's 20% of your time not dedicated to boosting your sales. 20% not spent raising your profile or expanding into new fields. 20%, in other words, that is going to waste.
At FYXER, our primary goal is to help a business manage its time more effectively; your time more effectively. If we believe the old adage that ‘time is money’, then having an executive virtual assistant is a no-brainer.