As your business grows, you’ll often find yourself in the position of office management. You might do a little bookkeeping yourself. You might pull double duty as human resources. But as the company grows, there’s only so much time you can dedicate to administration.
There’s one other problem. If you manage a growing company, you may not have the resources to dedicate to a full-time, on-site office manager. And if you live in a state where office managers command the highest salaries, it may seem like you’re stuck: you can either continue to handle it yourself—draining time and energy that could be spent growing the business—or you can make a major financial investment.
Hiring a virtual office manager means you can have the best of both worlds: an office manager with flexible pay and hours, but also someone who can take on the duties of an office manager so you’re free to focus on the business.
How does it work? Let’s look at a few of the tasks you can achieve with a virtual office manager:
- Administrative support. How do you define administrative support? The essential function of this role is to make the business run more smoothly, which involves lots of other skills. An administrator needs to be an effective typist, a capable clerk, someone who can handle phones and scheduling, and even take on random data entry tasks.
- Office supply management. An office needs to stay stocked, especially if you work in an industry like real estate where you’re constantly going through promotional materials. Outsource this work to a virtual office manager and have them research the best prices to keep your office stocked.
- Time management. Ever feel like managing your schedule is, in itself, a full-time job? Outsource your time management by turning over the calendar management duties to an office manager.
- Project manager assistance. If you already delegate tasks to a project manager, an office manager can also help support them with administrative tasks, contact management, and follow-ups.
Bookkeeping. Don’t have the resources for a full-time bookkeeper yet? A skilled virtual office manager will have experience with bookkeeping and data entry, helping you to manage expenses.