I LOVE December! I love the build up to Christmas, watching the children’s excitement increase to epic proportions, the nights out, planning the Christmas dinner menu, the shopping and yes, I even love Elf on the Shelf! I love the little traditions that I have kept with my family from childhood and the new ones that I am starting with my own children. I am a true Christmasaholic!
I know that not everyone feels like this and that getting ready for Christmas is a lot of pressure for some people. As much as I love it, I can fully understand how people might find the long list of things that need done stressful. I expect that this is especially true when you are a business owner and you are trying hard to get cleared up before the Christmas break.
This is my first December as a Virtual Assistant (VA) and so I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of my workload. I didn’t know if I would be inundated with work requests from existing and new clients who were trying to get their desks as clear as possible before the festive season so that they could spend the time with their families; or if it would be quieter as my clients started to wind down before a well-deserved break. The truth is that my workload has stayed fairly steady and when I looked at why that might be, I realised that most of my clients felt too busy to contact me and so I have had to be very proactive in letting them know how I can assist them to make life easier as they get ready for the Christmas break.
If you are feeling overwhelmed at the amount that you have to do over the next couple of weeks, then here are five very practical ways that a VA could help you.
- Design and send a festive E-Card to your clients – your clients are the lifeblood of your business and taking the time to thank them for their business and wish them the best for the year ahead is a gesture that they are sure to appreciate. If you have not already planned and sent Christmas cards in the post, then this is not only an environmentally friendly way to send seasons greetings but it is also a good way to ensure that they all receive a card before Christmas.
- Update your social media pages for Christmas – if you aren’t the organised sort who already has your content scheduled for the next few weeks then this might be a task that you will put off as you try to get other things completed before the holidays. However, if you are prepared to let a VA do it for you it means that your social media strategy will stay on track, including any festive promotions or offers that you want to make your customers aware of.
- Tackle your to-do list – we are all guilty of having long to-do lists with tasks that constantly get shifted to the bottom of the pile either because we find more pressing things to do or because they are jobs that we really hate doing. The likelihood is that there are a number of things that you don’t need to do yourself and that a VA could easily take off your hands so that you can start 2019 afresh. If you need some inspiration for what a VA could do for you, here are 20 tasks that a VA can complete in an hour or less.
- Review your website – it’s important not to let your website become an afterthought at this time of year. A VA could help you add promotions your website, check for any references that need updated for 2019 or achieve any posts as necessary.
- Prepare your New Year E-Newsletter – do you really want to spend the Christmas holidays fretting about putting your New Year newsletter together so that it is ready for January? I thought not! A VA could take this task off your hands and design and schedule your e-newsletter in MailChimp or similar.
If you are interested in learning how we could work together them please contact me and we can have a chat about your business needs.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that you are able to enjoy the lead up to it as much as I do. Now, I’m off to google some ideas for Elf on the Shelf…