Vacationing As A Virtual Assistant Pt. 2
Vacationing as a virtual assistant is an essential part of your business. Whether you are traveling or planning a staycation, the easiest way to truly disconnect is to know nothing is falling through the cracks in your business.
Remember, you are your first client. Treat yourself accordingly. Taking care of all your other clients without taking care of your own business is sabotaging yourself.
Freedom and flexibility is the number one reason that people become virtual assistants. If you’re not vacationing as you choose, you’re not taking advantage of the very reason you likely became a VA.
With this month’s blog series, we sincerely hope you are planning, taking, and enjoying your vacation as a virtual assistant! In the last blog post, the focus was on planning. This week we are sharing some actions you can take.
Create and/or review your SOPs. Even if it’s just you, creating standard operating procedures is a must. You know how important they are to your client’s business. SOPs are just as important to your business. Plus, if and when you hire a team member you are ready to hit the ground running. Don’t guess what needs to be done when you’re on vacation create a checklist based on your SOPs.
Hire a virtual assistant. You can hire someone to manage your business when you are on vacation just like clients do. Of course, there will need to be some training time, but the bonus is the training time can pay off for future vacations, long weekends, mental health days, and sick days. You might start taking off more time for yourself if you have your own VA!
Schedule and automate. Schedule and automatically queue up all your posts, emails, newsletters, etc., well in advance of your vacation. This is the ultimate for setting and forgetting it and it feels great! Spending an extra hour a day (or week, depending on your business) scheduling out your needs a month prior to your vacation goes a long way.
Create your perfect week back in the office. The best vacation time off doesn’t have to be a faint memory the moment you reconnect back to your business. Know how you choose to ease or jump right back into business. Plan enough time to respond to emails, catch up on social media, run any reports needed, as well as begin your client meetings again. Your time is always yours unless you don’t plan and then clients have a way of planning your time for you.
Don’t short change you or your business. Vacationing as a virtual assistant in any form provides you with a much needed break, can help recharge your batteries, and even sparks creativity.
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