As a small business owner you are responsible for so many things. From building a team to supporting customers to ordering from vendors, there’s always someone who needs your time and attention. By hiring a virtual project manager you can delegate some small tasks so you can focus on the most important things (like driving more revenue).
A virtual project manager can help you put your business on auto-pilot by taking on the following tasks:
Keep Your Team on Track.
Small businesses tend to work with a mixture of full and part-time employees, contractors, freelancers, agencies and vendors. With so many people – both in and outside the office – working on important tasks, there should be one person in charge of coordinating them all.
A virtual project manager can act as a conductor to the orchestra that is your business. He/she can ensure everyone is finishing tasks on time and working well with others.
Your virtual project manager can also report back to you when there are issues that need to be resolved, supplies that need to be purchased and just to let you know that everything is running smoothly.
Make Sure Freelancers Get Paid for Hours.
Because small businesses often employ contractors and freelancers, it’s likely that some of your team members will not be on your normal payroll. Additionally, many freelancers require payment based on milestones while others are paid hourly, weekly or monthly.
Your virtual project manager can keep track of milestones completed and hours logged so that you are alerted when payments need to be made. This ensures a happy relationship with freelancers who are often vital to the success of small businesses.
Take Simple Tasks Off Your Plate.
When you hire a virtual project manager, delegation is the name of the game. Any small task that takes your focus away from big-picture stuff should be taken off your plate.
You can assign tasks such as: answering phone calls, providing customer support, coordinating tasks between team members, replying to emails and more.
A virtual project manager can be thought of as a virtual assistant rather than just a project manager. He/she is available to help with all the small things – and if there are too many little tasks for one person, you can always hire more affordable virtual assistants.
After all, the name of the game is work smarter not harder!
Putting Your Business on Autopilot
When you started your business you probably did so for a variety of reasons: autonomy over your life, building a future for yourself and your family, helping others, improving your industry and the ability to someday work fewer than 40 hours per week.
While hiring a virtual project manager won’t help you reach all of those goals overnight, he/she can definitely help you cut down on the number of hours you work each week.
By working less and still achieving the same or better output, you’ll almost feel like the success of your business was put on autopilot! Now kick back, relax and enjoy the fruits of owning your own business!
Your Thoughts on Using a Virtual Project Manager
What do you think about using a virtual project manager?
Have you ever put your business on autopilot before?
What were your experiences and lessons?
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