Work/life balance – it’s an often used phrase and something that the majority of people are trying to achieve and likely, if you’re reading this, you’re in the same boat. According to research, only a third of people in the UK are happy with their work/life balance – leaving two-thirds of us feeling like the scales are tipping further and further into the work side.
After starting your own business, you may have faced a somewhat unexpected additional pressure that didn’t exist in quite the same way when you were employed. As you start to comprehend the scale and breadth of the tasks involved in realising your aims, this pressure can feel overwhelming at times.
Maybe you wonder how you’re going to get everything done? How you’re going to make progress. It can feel like you’re getting nowhere fast especially if you fall into the trap of comparing yourself against others on social media! This can often result in working longer hours, with no time to relax in the evenings or at weekends, and maybe you feel guilty that you’re not focussing on your family as much as you want to. Furthermore, technology has enabled a permanently connected state, where it’s more difficult to ‘leave work’ and consequently, it’s too easy to ‘just check your messages’ meaning that you never really have any downtime. A misaligned work/life balance tends to happen when we have too much on our plate – work-related-work and life-related-work.
It’s an exhausting and unsustainable way of life and achieving a balance between work and life can have a noticeable impact on your wellbeing. That of course has negative knock-on effects to your business, as you cannot operate at your best, cannot serve your customers properly and aren’t able to create the business that you’ve always dreamed of.
But what can you do to improve your work/life balance in this situation?
One of the best ways to achieve a greater balance in life is by hiring a virtual assistant so that all those time consuming business tasks get done without you having to worry about them.
This way, you can focus on what you’re best at and implement your plan to grow your business. To achieve all your business goals for the year, you may not have the talent or staff needed in-house and may not be at the stage of wanting, or needing, to hire them full time. By working with a virtual assistant you’ll get the skills and knowledge you need but on a flexible basis at a price to suit your budget.
Here are a few benefits of a Fluid virtual assistant that will help you achieve a work-life balance.
- Cost Effective
We won’t work from your office and hence you don’t need to spend money on equipment or supplies and as we can work on a project basis you can also save on recruitment and employee costs, such as taxes and benefits!
- Stress Reduction
With us to complete your time consuming business tasks you’ll have more time to make the right business decisions as well as relaxing and focusing on family life too. We can take care of everything while you can concentrate on important business activities in the future.
With Fluid virtual assistants you get the benefit of a small team to support you without having to manage them directly. Our help can be vital for the growth of a small business band will help you finally achieve a work-life balance.
- Reduce Isolation
Being a small business owner is amazing but it can often feel a little lonely. When you’re starting out it’s very often just you on your own and that can feel daunting in itself. By working with a virtual assistant you can alleviate some of that ‘it’s just me’ feeling and be more confident that you’ve got a team on your side. And if you’d like a change of scene once in a while we have hot desks and meeting rooms available to rent – perfect if you want to pitch to new clients in a professional environment without the ongoing cost.