Do More by Doing Less

					?Outsourcing has become an integral part of doing business for many companies.
With more companies running "lean and mean" it becomes more efficient to have
employees focused on critical tasks and outsource others. Organizations may
outsource marketing activities, IT support or even customer support. However there is
one area that is ripe for outsourcing and that is Administration.

The International Virtual Assistants Association describes a Virtual Assistant in this
way:

"A Virtual Assistant (VA) is an independent entrepreneur providing administrative,
creative, and/or technical services. Utilizing advanced technological modes of
communication and data delivery, a professional VA assists clients in his/her area of
expertise from his/her own office on a contractual basis."

Hiring a professional VA can free up valuable resources and time for you and your
employees. In business "best and highest use" is a time tested principle. Efficiency
and profit are maximized when resources are appropriately deployed.

At IAC we have helped many growing businesses with administrative and specialized
help. We initially offered Accounting and Tax Services but soon customers began
coming to us for trusted professionals in other functional areas. We went out and
found high performing professionals and decided to expand our service offering to
meet the needs of our client base.

 Joe is one of our many success stories. Joe is the owner of a design firm. He has 6
employees who were all stretched very thin. Everyone was handling multiple tasks
while also managing client projects. Joe needed to adhere to client deadlines while
continuing to grow the business. He sat down with his staff and together they put
together a list of tasks that could be outsourced.

Joe and his team came up with a list of tasks that were taking valuable resources away
from "highest use." The list included billing, email marketing campaigns, project
management and proposal preparation. Joe had a friend who had used a VA firm and
he contacted the same firm to discuss his needs. By outsourcing administrative tasks
Joe was able to free up the equivalent of a full time employee for a fraction of what he
would have paid to hire another team member.

By taking the time to analyze how the staff was managing their time, Joe was able to
identify how individual productivity could be improved. Joe can now spend time
gaining business and meeting with customers without having to compile and mail
proposals. His team members can focus on client projects without having to manage
billing and other administrative tasks.

Each team member can now focus on what they do best. The result has been higher
productivity and morale. The team no longer feels the stress of being pulled in various
directions. The tasks that were not their primary responsibility are now handled timely
and more efficiently. Since billing is centralized by the VA firm, the cash flow has
also improved. Sometimes the best way to do more really is to do less!

If you need a helping hand in your business, contact IAC Professionals, your single
source business solution:

				
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