It’s Administrative Professionals Week

by Lori Saitz on April 26, 2011

Juxtaposition technology and low-tech reminders: an iPhone and a sticky note!
This week is Administrative Professionals Week, with tomorrow, Wednesday the 27th, as the actual Administrative Professionals Day.

Think about it, how much more difficult would your job be if not for your fantastic administrative support people?

Started in 1952, as National Secretaries Week/Day, it was organized to call attention to the value and contributions of administrative professionals in the workplace. Over the years, this has become one of the largest workplace observances and is celebrated worldwide during the last full week of April.

Today, there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles.

More than 475,000 administrative professionals are employed in Canada. Millions more administrative professionals work in offices all over the world. (this info comes from the International Association of Administrative Professionals.)

Relevance to Entrepreneurs

What? You don’t have an administrative support person yet?

Most entrepreneurs wait way too long to hire some administrative support, reasoning that they can’t afford it. (Is this your excuse?) Once they do finally hire help, in hindsight they all say they should have done it earlier.

Yes, I’ve been there and had this argument in my head too.

“I can’t afford to hire someone. I’m not even paying myself yet. Or I’m barely breaking even now.”

What many entrepreneurs don’t realize is that paying someone to help with the administrative stuff doesn’t so much cost them money as create more time for them to do what they do best, which is what brings in more money!

Sure, traditionally an administrative professional has been someone who sits outside your office, or just down the hall, handling all the tasks you hand off. As the work world has changed, and far more entrepreneurs are working from their homes or local coffee shops, virtual assistants have become a very popular option.

These are people who are running their own businesses by hiring out their administrative services and organizational talents–their business is helping you run your business. You can hire them to work remotely for you for a set number of hours per month, or on a per project basis.

Another option for administrative help is to find someone locally, perhaps a student, to work with you a few hours a week. Either way, allowing someone to manage the administrative and organizational tasks that suck up an inordinate amount of your time is imperative to the growth of your business.

You need that time to maximize your brilliance. Then this week next year, you’ll be among those who are happily celebrating your amazing administrative professional!

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Image: Wesley Fryer via Flickr, Creative Commons

Lori Saitz is founder of Zen Rabbit Baking Company. She shares happiness by helping business people show appreciation for and give recognition to customers and employees with The Gratitude Cookie™. With an understanding of the value of creating strong connections and experiences, she supports clients in increasing customer loyalty, referrals and profits. Connect with Lori on TwitterLinkedIn or Facebook.

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