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Carrying the Weight of Your Business on Your Shoulders

As a business owner, I know the challenge of business growth, and while it is exciting, it does mean there is more responsibility for you to carry.

You are responsible for taking care of clients and team. Making sure everyone is happy.

You are responsible for the work. Making sure everything gets done correctly and on time.

You are responsible for making enough money to pay for it all. Paying for team. Marketing. Systems. And hopefully paying yourself!

I get it… I too feel the responsibility of having a business and a team.

Initially, I started out working for myself. I started by freelancing and taking on small, one-off projects, however doing so, I had to constantly be looking for more work while serving my clients. It is a bit of a hamster wheel and a balance of timing.

As someone who picks up software extremely easy, and has had a very diverse career, my default mode is to jump in, figure things out, and make things happen, and this served me well when it was just me and my clients. However, I knew that I had to change my business model to generate regular income, and as I onboarded clients who commited to using our services every month for a set amount of hours, I became overwhelmed.

Serving clients and running my business became too much.

Too much work to do.

Too many decisions to make.

Too much to keep track of.

What used to be my strength – rolling up my sleeves and taking care of things on my own – became my weakness.

And this is where my growth stalled. Where my income became stuck – particularly when I didn’t have my own team, and I was doing everything myself. Basically, there simply wasn’t enough of me to go around anymore.

I became the bottleneck in my business – whether that was serving our clients, or managing the growth of my business. And reflecting back, when I’m the one holding things up, I know it’s time to hire.

This is where I had to learn to delegate. I had to delegate clients to client manager, and I had to delegate administrative tasks to others. By delegating, it allowed me time to focus to the growth of my business – working ON my business not IN it.

I had to learn to shift from doer to CEO.

When I did this, my income increased, my working hours reduced (no more weekend work), and I could focus on supporting my team in their learning to support our clients.

When this happened, I no longer felt I had to do it all on my own. And guess what… you don’t have to do it all yourself. You don’t have to be the cook and the bottle washer. And you don’t have to carry the heavy burden of hiring employees who need to be paid and are entitled to MPF, annual and sick leave, and public holidays.

That’s where we come in. You can engage our services, delegate work that allows you to free up a minimum of 10 hours per month, and we can grow with you as you grow. When you do this, everything will open up and things will begin to flow again. If you’re concerned about costs read our blog post, Is a Virtual Assistant an Expense or an Investment?

When you engage our services, you can increase your income, you can get things done, and better yet, you can get some of your precious time back.

You are no longer alone, and you no longer have to do it all on your own.

Virtual Support Specialist, Hong Kong

If you’re overwhelmed, struggling to get things done, or recognise you need some assistance, organise a call with me to discuss your business support needs.

Written by: Nicole Graham


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Established in 2007, Bauhinia Solutions is a boutique virtual business support agency with a team of dedicated and experienced business specialists, administrators, and virtual assistants.