I need support with my business
So much to do. And, apparently, so little time. When you’re running your own business you’ve got to do everything – the admin, the marketing and the sales and rarely have the budget to hire individual specialists. I’ve been supporting small business owners and freelancers since 2008.
What’s Working the Good Life?
Working The Good Life is prioritising our physical and mental health in our working lives, rather than chasing only more clients, more money and more followers. It’s applying ancient practical wisdom and modern scientific discoveries instead of conventional advice.
So much to do.
And so little time.
Small business owners and solopreneurs must be the salesperson, the marketing department, the administrative assistant, accountant, designer, web developer and copywriter. And small business owners don’t usually have the budget of a large companies to hire specialists to handle each of these areas. So, they end up taking on all these roles and with little support.
If you’re finding that you’re doing and figuring out everything yourself and as a result, you don’t have enough time to develop your business. Maybe it’s time to let go of tasks you’re not good at, tasks you dislike, repeat tasks or tasks that stress you or are overwhelming.
Have you ever considered outsourcing some of your work?
Support for small business owners.
There are a variety of ways you can get support: Virtual Assistant, Online Business Manager, Associates/Staff, Accountability buddy, Networking group, Coach or mentor, Consultant, Mastermind groups and Forums or Online Communities like Facebook groups.
I’ve been supporting small business owners and solopreneurs for almost 11 years. I haven’t always done this, but I started this work as a way to financially support myself while I finishing writing my PhD thesis. For some clients, I’m a virtual assistant. For others, I’m an online business manager, copywriter, web developer, technical support or coach. It all depends on what they’re looking for – someone to advise, someone to implement, someone to create or someone to manage. In whatever role I assume for clients, however, my goal is always the same – to help them get stuff done as simply and as organised as possible, giving them space in their lives for other things.
What parts of running your business are you struggling with?
What clients get from my work…
“David has added freedom and ease in my working life. From the moment we started working together, I gained more time and peace of mind due to his efficient and calm approach to everything I ask of him. David is fantastic – reliable, accurate, fast, intelligent and versatile. Without the stress I previously experienced, I can now focus on the bigger picture.”Mel Larsen, Small Business Coach and Audience Development Consultant
“I contacted David as a temporary measure to help keep my business running while I was away on honeymoon. I’ve hired various freelancers in the past from different locations around the world and have been unhappy with the outcome. The thing I like about working with David is I never need to check what he has done for me. If anything HE checks what I have done! His grammar and writing abilities are excellent. It is great to know that I can give him a process to follow and he will reliably implement it.”Rob Drummond, Copywriter and Trainer at Maze Mastery and Story Copywriters
“David combines his neutrality with attention to detail and is thorough in his research and approach – he listens carefully… David has a unique ability to bring out the best in people… In a fast-moving age, patience is a virtue and David has patience in abundance.”Ajay Chhabra, CEO and Co-Artistic Director of Nutkhut, Actor and Ambassador on the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board
Some Frequently Asked Questions…
Is there an ongoing commitment to work together?
No. Upon agreeing to work together, you sign a working agreement with myself. This agreement simply describes my obligations and protects your ownership rights to all work used by or created by me. This agreement does not bind the client to an ongoing relationship. If you do not have any work for me in a particular month, then there is nothing to pay. You use my services only when you need me.
I’ve never worked remotely with someone. Isn’t it difficult?
Working remotely like this can take some adjustment, but by starting with clearly defining the role that you require me to take in supporting your business is a vital first step. We can discover a working relationship that works for you. You can contract me to carry out one-off tasks or to continually manage or monitor aspects of your business (e.g. a certain project, address books, web content).
What are the advantages of working with a freelancer like me?
As I am a freelancer and not an employee, you do not pay a salary, health benefits, sick pay or even office space. Just like a doctor, lawyer or accountant, you pay only for work carried out and none of the associated costs of having a full-time employee. I am also invested in the success of your business. I carry out all work under standard freelancer agreements providing you peace of mind that I will work for my fee, and that your data and anything I use or create in the process of working with you, remains your property. Furthermore, I can increase the visible size of your enterprise.
Is working remotely like this secure?
Your personal data are stored securely in an encrypted virtual vault and absolutely never shared without your consent. All usernames and passwords are encrypted.
Do you have the necessary skills to support me?
When you present me with a task for the first time, I will always let you know whether I can carry it out or not. In most cases, I’ll be able to handle the task. I’ve worked with many clients since 2008 and have supported them in very different ways. Most clients; however, require the same type of business support, usually around sales or online marketing. There’s rarely a task that I’ve not done before.
Some client testimonials..
“David was quick to grasp the nature of my business, build an effective relationship with my co-ordinator and inject his technical knowledge which has significantly enhanced our marketing processes, as well as providing a lift in our customer care standards. His capacity to ‘really tune in and hear’, interpret your specific needs and then provide a fitting response is second to none.”Catherine Rushforth, Small Business Coach and Director, Catherine Rushforth and Associates Limited, a specialist Safeguarding and Child Protection Service Development Consultant
“David skilfully combines functional component strengths (web development research, analysis etc) with an intelligent approach. This means my jobs are always completed to a high standard and the process has been fully thought through. Unlike other remote consultants David is able to spots the gap in what I am asking for and comment, for example, “it sounds like you are trying to achieve X, have you thought about Y?” which greatly enhances the result. Equally, he is content to just take a task, complete it and send it back.”Verena Cornwall, Arts and Heritage Senior Manager, Circus Futures, Circus Development Network
“I highly recommend David for his creative simple designing ability. David has an ability to understand the context very quickly even in a different cultural context. David is professional and works efficiently. Most people who volunteered and support us only do so when they have time and they do not try to meet deadlines since their services were free. But David did not work as if he was a volunteer, he always did his best to finish the work as soon as possible.”Roshan Samarawickrama, Programme Manager, Equality-based Community Support & Training in Sri Lanka