With not long now to go until Christmas, it’s an extremely busy time for everyone, especially for small business owners and entrepreneurs. There are presents to organise, parties to attend, cards to send and a whole stack of work that needs to be finished before the end of the year!
When you think about it like this, Christmas can quickly feel like the most stressful time of the year, not the most wonderful! But there is a way you can relieve the festive pressure…..
Hire a virtual assistant!
A Virtual Assistant can help you with a wide variety of seasonal tasks, helping you to enjoy the Christmas period, rather than feel increasingly stressed as the end of the year draws closer.
Here are 10 suggestions for tasks that you can delegate to your virtual assistant to make your life a little easier on the run up to Christmas:
Are you planning to send present to clients and colleagues? If you have something in mind, or even if you don’t, brief your virtual assistant on what sort of present you would like to send out, your price range and they will do the rest, including ordering and sending!
2. Christmas cards/e-cards
Want to send some Christmas cheer to your favourite business contacts? No matter whether you choose the traditional card, or opt for the more environmentally friendly e-card, your virtual assistant will be able to put them together and send them out without you having to lift a finger!
3. Organising your Christmas party
If you plan to hold a Christmas party, your virtual assistant can help with finding the perfect venue, setting up caterers, sending out invites and keep a list of RSVP’s. There is nothing more stressful than trying to be a gracious host while planning everything yourself, so take the pressure off by getting your VA to help!
4. Bringing festive cheer to your home
Haven’t quite managed to bring some festive cheer to your home as yet? Let us go buy the tree and decorations for you and decorate your house for you, garlands, baubles and snowflakes can adorn your home.
Got something to shout about? Provide your assistant with a draft with your latest news, tips and offers, and they can send out a festive newsletter to your mailing list for you. Now is a great time to send a newsletter wishing your clients a Happy Christmas and letting them know your plans for next year.
6. Chasing outstanding payments
Got a few outstanding payments due from earlier in the year? Now’s the time to chase them, when everyone is full of merriment and cheer! Your VA can send out a few polite, gentle reminders to tidy up your books, ready for the new year.
7. Manage your diary
Lunches, dinners, Christmas parties, it can seem never ending! Ask your virtual assistant to keep track of all the invitations and enter them into your diary and set reminders so that you are aware of what you are doing and where you need to be! Plus we can get your diary organised for next year’s appointments
8. Updating social media
We all look forward to closing the doors over Christmas, shutting down our laptops and switching off from work for a couple of weeks, but you still need to be active on social media! Your VA can schedule some festive content for you so that you don’t drop off the radar.
9. Last minute travel arrangements
You’re off to spend Christmas in London but haven’t booked your train tickets and you would really like to book tickets for a show and dinner while you’re visiting, then let us take care of this for you
10. Unfinished projects
If you have a list of unfinished projects that need to be complete by the end of the year and you are struggling for time, hand it over to your virtual assistant who will finish them all off so that you can have a fresh start in 2015.
These are just a few ways that your virtual assistant can help you to feel less “Bah-humbug” and more “Merry Christmas”!