Why Hire an Online Business Manager? Top 5 Benefits for your Business

Why Hire an Online Business Manager? Top 5 Benefits for your Business

An Online Business Manager (OBM) provides professional, managerial level support for businesses. While there are similarities between an OBM and a Virtual Assistant (VA), there is a marked difference. A VA provides general office support, whereas an OBM oversees and manages a wide range of operational processes, freeing up your time so you can use your expertise where it is needed most.

Here are the top 5 reasons how hiring an online business manager benefits your business:

1. Handles Daily Tasks

Those daily tasks that seem to get in the way, yet are an essential part of keeping your business running smoothly, can all be handled by an online business manager. Project management, administration, communicating with staff and customers, organising documents and data… an OBM can create efficient workflows and improve time management.

2. Increase Growth

When you are not bogged down in the nitty gritty of core operations, it allows you to focus your time on developing your business further. You will have more time and resources to scale up and expand your customer base, and be able to act on new opportunities that come up.

Not only that, an OBM is likely to have the experience and skills to help you create new business strategies, and a wide business network where you can make new connections.

3. Fresh Set of Eyes

Sometimes, we are so close to our business that we ‘can’t see the wood for the trees’. When you first began your business, you may have had ways of doing things that worked well at the time. However, as your business grows or changes, those processes become less efficient. It can be hard to make changes when you’ve always done things a certain way, or don’t have time to implement a new way of working. An OBM is a fresh set of eyes on your business, and may be able to suggest new ways of streamlining processes that you never thought of before.

4. Improve Work/Life Balance

Running a business is often challenging, especially for entrepreneurs who have to manage many aspects. When you spread yourself too thinly, both your business and your personal life begin to show the strain. There may also be times when you need to take a day or two off, such as through illness or commitments. It’s impossible to be in two or three places at once and still expect to be working effectively, so hiring an OBM can help provide that much needed manpower to make sure all areas of your business are running smoothly.

5. Freedom to be Creative

As a business owner, founder, or CEO, you are the visionary that steers the ship. When the day-to-day pressure is lessened, you can use your creativity to think of new ways to develop your business, how to best serve your customers or clients, and create future plans that fully align with your business values.

Ready to find out more?

Whatever the size of your business, if you are finding that time spent on core processes is slowing down growth, then hiring an OBM could be the answer you’re looking for. Feel free to get in touch to see how we could work together to support the growth of your business.

Get Organised with this Free Resource

I love free resources and I think this is certainly one of the top project management resources I’ve found so far.  Having only just signed up to Asana I’m not able to give you a complete review but I hope that by making you aware of it, it will give you the opportunity to try it out for yourself.

Asana is a task management tool for teams, so ideal for a virtual assistant like me who works with various different clients.  You can invite up to 30 people to your workspace, which for a small business is plenty I would think.

I have been looking through the website and found a great overview of the product here – Task Management for Teams.

With Asana you can:

  • Sync with your calendar (Google, Apple , Outlook…)
  • Use it on the move with your smart phone or tablet
  • Create multiple workspaces
  • Assign a task to another member of your team
  • See real-time changes immediately
  • Integrate with your inbox
  • Create project templates
  • Follow tasks or projects
  • Tag items across projects
  • Create private projects
  • See the activity feed for each task

These are just the basics, I have been using Asana for my ongoing to-do list, breaking the tasks down into clients so I can easily see what I should be working on.  When a due date is coming up Asana will email you with a reminder, which is useful if you don’t have the browser open all the time.

On their website there is a useful 2 minute video which gives you a quick demonstration of the basic functionality and ideas called How to use Asana, in 2 minutes.  I’ve embedded it here, or you can click the link above.

I’m always looking for resources that could save me time and organise me and this one does both, so if you’ve been using Asana or you sign-up following my recommendation, let me know what you think by leaving a comment below?

If you’re looking for more time management tips take a look at my recent posts Time Management Tips and Reading List Overwhelming You? 6 Tips That Will Help!