Is it just me, or in business do you either get months where your feet don’t touch the ground, or all the hot leads go very quiet. Being a sole trader, this is something that is taking me a little bit of time getting used to, the ‘Feast or Famine’!
As a Virtual Assistant, I’m very good at managing my time, so when the feast comes I have three main tips to share with you.
Tame the Feast
- Write to do lists each month and/or week. Set time-line goals for each weekly task to make sure you stay on track and deadlines don’t run away.
- Keep in touch with your clients. If something is taking longer, or maybe you don’t have all the information to complete the project, contact the client. Communication is key.
- Keep chasing the leads. The feast might be upon you but how long will it last? Phone back that potential client, squeeze in that networking event and go on that training course.
Well that’s the beast, sorry I mean feast at bay, what about the famine. How about trying these?
Feed the Famine
- Where is that, I will get it done when I’ve got time list?! I challenge myself to get at least one of these done each week/day when I am having those quiet periods.
- Don’t panic! If you continued with the networking, speaking to prospective clients and growing the business, the feast will come…. so I’m told.
- Arrange some time to meet with current clients. Check they are happy with the current work, is there anything else you can help with?
So whether you are taming the feast or trying to feed the famine, keep busy and keep focused.
Good luck on riding those waves of business and if you need any help on dealing with the feast, I am sure I will be able to help you see the wood from the trees.