The New Year is just around the corner. Have you thought about your resolutions for 2018 yet? If you’re not a ‘resolver’ around this time of year, take a moment to chew on these virtual assistant resolution ideas to better your business in the New Year.
Take time for YOU
According to statisticbrain.com, 21.4% of people surveyed listed losing weight and eating healthier as their New Years resolution. Whatever your personal goals may be for the New Year, be sure to keep them a priority throughout the year. When you take time out for yourself, your life stays in balance and you’ll be more productive in the long run. Self-care is the key!
Another way to take time for yourself is to set limits or boundaries when it comes to working from home. As virtual assistants, we often work in our home. The lines of work and home can get blurred at times, so it’s important to set limits for yourself when it comes to work schedules and home responsibilities. Having firmer time limits will help you maximize the time you have in a day, and will help you identify your daily priorities.
Get Ready To Grow
Take some time to think about how to grow your business. Are there new skills you’d like to hone in order to offer more services to your clients? Is there training you’ve been putting off because you were too busy at the end of the year? The start of a New Year is a great time to focus on fresh goals for your business. Where would you like to be after each quarter? Set goals to help you stay on track with growth in your business.
If you have a team that works alongside you in your virtual assistant business, be sure to share your goals with them so everyone stays on the same page. As an entrepreneur, you’re likely thinking about your business all the time. When you share your thoughts and get feedback from your team, they own those goals too! Empowering your team with goals will help them propel your business with growth.
If you didn’t get the chance to send out a holiday greeting to your clients, take this opportunity to say Happy New Year and thank them for their continued business. Share your excitement for what is to come in 2018. You could even offer them a free service such as a blog, or an hour of work as a thank you. If you have the time over the holidays to do it, a handwritten note can make a positive personal impression on clients. Then make a habit of thanking your clients regularly throughout the year. It’s a great way to touch base with your clients in a positive way, too!
Was 2017 a rough year for your business? While a New Year brings the promise of better days to come, reflecting back on the successes and struggles of the past will make you stronger in the future. Take a moment to jot down your biggest wins and losses for the previous year. When you need some encouragement, take a look back at what you accomplished. Reflecting on your past experiences will help you navigate the year ahead.
In the excitement of the New Year, don’t forget why you became a virtual assistant, to begin with. Maybe you just wanted to help make life easier for the business niche you work with, or you wanted to be more available for your family while earning an income from home. Whatever your ‘why’ may be, let it be the driving force to help you resolve to be happier, healthier and more successful in the New Year!