Preparing For Outsourcing

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 Preparing for Outsourcing

Preparing For Outsourcing

Are you preparing for outsourcing but not sure which steps to take first? Over loaded with work? Not enough hours in the day? Then i am guessing you have been thinking about outsourcing but may not be sure where to start? Let me just say that is completely normal.

Here is what i need you to do: Go and grab a piece of paper and maybe a coffee or tea to keep you company. Then let’s go through a few steps to help you decide which part of your business you’d like to outsource.

Outsourcing Steps – Let’s Write A List (I do love a good list)

  1. Firstly, outsourcing is an exciting time, it means you’re serious and ready to take that next step. So let’s get everything on paper that takes up a bunch of your time. Is it content creation? Scheduling on your social media platforms? Let’s write down all the points that take up several hours of your day/week and that maybe you don’t particularly enjoy.
  2. Now let’s prioritise that list into what you like doing, to what you like doing the least. Beside each item, put how many hours a week you spend doing that project/task.
  3. Now let’s decide if these tasks are something Only you can do or can somebody else jump in and help? For instance, content creation can easily be outsourced, as well as blogging, scheduling and interacting with people over on your social media platforms. Then there may be things like replying to emails that maybe you’d like to do only because you have a specialised niche.
  4. Lastly but not least and an important part, let’s think about what you can afford to pay monthly to outsource. Outsourcing isn’t always cheap (not if you want it done properly anyway) Sometimes you need to build up or save to start outsourcing but once you see how many hours a week you are saving, therefore enabling you to expand your business and also spend time with your family, you will see that outsourcing was worth every penny and you’ll find yourself outsourcing more.
What else can a good VA do?

Most virtual assistants are happy to cater and work out a specific package just for you and your business, dependant on your budget. So don’t be afraid to ask. But also do remember that a good VA won’t do anything for free (or close to free) they value their time and expertise and they have families to feed too.

Welcome to the world of out sourcing, where your journey is about to step up to a new level.

 

Using Instagram For Business

Using Instagram For Business

Are you using Instagram for business? Not sure what you’re doing on there or how to use it? Instagram is a little different from posting on Facebook and Twitter. Read on to find out how to use Instagram for business effectively.

Tips On Using Instagram For Business 

Instagram sure is different than posting on Facebook or Twitter. On Facebook you need to be consistent and posting at least 6-8 times a day to ensure your fans are seeing your posts. On twitter you should be posting at least 12+ times a day and then some, to get seen. It’s a massively fast moving platform over there.

Instagram only needs maybe 2 posts a day at the most, otherwise you’ll bombard peoples new feeds on there and they’ll get fed up.

Instagram for business

Get Creative On Social Media

Your Instagram Bio

First of all your Instagram bio needs to look appealing and let people know what it is you actually do. You don’t get many characters in which do so, so be clever. Here is my IG account if you’d like to take a look at how i have done it – GO HERE.

Hashtags and How Often To Post on Instagram.

Don’t forget the hashtags. Instagram is all about the hashtags and using them correctly. Use the hashtags at the end of your message rather than not within your message. It doesn’t make for easy reading if you hashtag stack within your message.

Do not just post sale posts, this is the rule for Facebook and Twitter too, people just don’t want to see it. Post valuable content and nice meme’s. What goes down even better is if you create your own posts, so that it makes it more authentic and professional. It is all abut building relationships with your audience.

Ensure the images are the correct size for Instagram, you don’t want text running off the page, it doesn’t look good. The same goes for your other social media platforms.

Be consistent. Don’t post and then disappear for days, you will soon be forgotten and people will move on. You need to get serious about how much you are posting and engaging with your audience, it should be several times a day, no excuses!

If time management is an issue for you or your business, read my blog post on Time Management Here and get your schedule in order.

These are all basic tips that will help any business grow on social media. If you need help setting up your Instagram account, then contact me for a quote to get your Instagram Bio looking great. It will include a kick butt bio too.

Most of all, have fun on there, have fun on all your business platforms. Now go and create some relationships and let’s make some money. At Social Success with Sonya, it’s all about both fun and success. YES BOTH!

Time Management in Business

Time Management in Business

Time management is so important in everything you do, not just in business. Do you need to manage your time better and be more productive? Time management is crucial when running a business. It is something that will run away from you and you’ll struggle to play catch up. Trust me, i know this all too well. As i sit and write this, i have both kids in holiday club and i made a list of everything i needed to get done today. During the summer with both kids at home, running a business is far from easy. Also with clubs being so expensive, they only go in once a week at most. I often lag behind and struggle to complete tasks.

How i managed my time today:

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How does your time management look?

Here is what my lists usually look like. And they don’t consist of me checking my email every 10 minutes and sitting on Facebook all day (sorry to say)

  • Design 10 graphics for a clients twitter account
  • Check email (once)
  • Write blog for client
  • Write my own blog (this one)
  • Schedule clients Facebook posts for the next 3 days
  • Create graphics for my business
  • Schedule my one posts for the next 3 days (yet to be done)

You get the picture right? I enjoy ticking off my tasks and seeing them completed. I’m old fashioned and like a paper and pen diary. I put everything in there that needs to get done and it pretty much always gets done when i schedule my time.

Time Management and Blocking Time Slots

This is another thing i do, i block time for each client and my business. So today i worked on one clients graphics and scheduled for their Facebook page, i wrote this blog and one other, i am yet to check emails and i have dealt with a bunch of queries for a client. I time blocked all this and i have got a ton of stuff done. The kids are back at school after being off for 7 weeks over summer, so i finally have a lot more hours in my week, so time management is far easier.

If time management is a struggle for you or you are so busy that you are now in a position to out source, let me see if i can help. You’ll find many of the services i offer Here.