For many business owners the next month will be hectic to say the least. Whether you are in a business that will be busy right up until Christmas Eve in a retail sense, or you want to shut down and take some time off over the holiday period, you’ll have to be ready to take care of the rush that happens in all industries in the run up to Christmas.
Everyone wants to take some time off and spend it with family and loved ones, but you don’t want the headaches of worrying about work when you do so. Here is how a virtual office assistance can help you manage the fast paced, busy times and prepare you to appear active when you might actually be on holiday.
Preparing for the Rush of Custom
No matter how well planned we think we are, Christmas brings out the worst in most people in terms of how they perform all the tasks they need to get out of the way before the holidays. The last few weeks of November and the first few in December can be manic for retail companies, the hospitality industry, taxi firms, production companies and manufacturers, all trying to hit tight deadlines and deal with a much larger volume of customer calls, suppliers meetings and the like, as well as put together plans for social time with workmates to celebrate the year together.
A virtual assistant can ensure you have the capacity to deal with the (hopeful) flood of calls and emails related to your goods and service in the run up to Christmas. They can ensure no phone call; message or request is missed as you take care of other aspects of your business. They can also help with the arrangements for the works Christmas party in terms of organising the venue, event and transport for all involved. This can take a huge weight away from your shoulders.
Over the Holiday Period
If you are lucky enough to be in a position where you can take some time off over the Christmas period you might not necessarily want for your business to look like it is completely closed. There may be cause to think that certain potential customers will be looking for your type of business in their down time over the holidays and you have to be prepared to not miss out on any custom. A virtual PA can ensure nothing is missed and can even set up automatic messages to enquiries so that you can hit the ground running and contact those who have contacted during your time off, as soon as you come back to work, whether that is after Boxing Day or in the New Year.
There are a number of options for a business over the Christmas period. Don’t leave anything to chance, ask for the help a virtual assistant can provide and cover all bases in terms of suppliers, customers and potential customers. Give us a call to find out more about our range of services and how we can help.