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Have you considered outsourcing holiday cover whilst you’re away from work? Taking time out of your business is an essential part of your self-care routine. It’s not healthy to constantly be on the go, and you need downtime to stay at the top of your game.

But it isn’t always easy to find someone to cover you whilst you’re away. You don’t necessarily want to shut shop, and you may not know anyone who can step into your shoes. You may not have the funding to hire a permanent staff member, and the idea of trawling the agencies for a temp doesn’t seem very appealing.

Have you considered outsourcing to a Freelance PA or Virtual Assistant? Outsourcing has so many great benefits, and it can help keep the costs down and your business covered and in safe hands whilst you’re away. So if you’re wondering why it’s such a great option – keep reading!

#1: Outsource holiday cover with no admin agency fees

First up, there are no agency fees to consider. You agree and pay an hourly rate or book a block of time to cover you while you’re away. Not only is this great for your pocket, as there are no other fees to consider, but you can also rest assured that you’re only paying for the time you need and the hours you’ve agreed.

#2: Time to research suitable freelancers in advance

The beauty of outsourcing holiday cover to a Freelance VA/PA is you have time to find someone right for your needs and your business. You can ensure the person you bring on board matches your values and business ethos – and, as you’re looking at virtual support, location doesn’t matter either.

#3: Know they’re fully insured

Another thing to consider is insurance. When you outsource to a Freelance VA/PA, you can rest assured knowing they have their own insurance cover. You’ll also find they’re often ICO registered, too, so they know how to handle sensitive information and your business and client data generally.

#4: The ability to build a relationship for future needs

Don’t underestimate your future needs either. Outsourcing to a Freelance PA/VA allows you to build a working relationship with someone who can help out on an ad hoc basis. So whether you’re looking for emergency cover, sick leave or future holidays, you have someone you like and trust to take the reins.

#5: Having the time to complete a decent handover

Unlike agency staff, you can arrange for a Freelance VA/PA to start before you need them. This gives you time to complete a proper handover and gives them time to understand your needs and business expectations.

#6: The opportunity to negotiate rates or fees before outsourcing holiday cover

There’s also the ability to negotiate rates or fees. My rates, for example, are open to negotiation if you’re working to a specific budget. You then know you have the opportunity to discuss fees and reach a mutually beneficial agreement with the person you’re outsourcing to.

#7: Know your business is in safe, caring hands

And finally, you know your business is in safe hands whilst you’re away. Unlike agency staff, you’re outsourcing to someone who cares about your business as much as you do. Why? Because they’re not just interested in the money. A Freelance VA/PA is also interested in building a good relationship with you. They know the value of building a good relationship with you and how it can benefit both of you moving forward.

Taking time out of your business is an essential part of your self-care routine, and it’s one of the ways you can achieve a good work-life balance. But if you’ve been holding back from taking a break because you don’t have cover in place, think again. The above benefits demonstrate a way for you to take time away so you can come back refreshed and relaxed. And when you outsource to a freelance VA/PA, you also know you have the potential to make it a regular part of your self-care routine too.

If you’re ready to explore how a Freelance PA/Virtual Assistant can help you, why not get in touch? Whether you’re looking for holiday cover or someone to help on a more permanent flexible basis, I’m sure I can help provide you with the support you need. So reach out and let’s talk – you’ll find my phone number at the top of this page, or drop me an email at hello@wittsendbusinessservices.co.uk.