As a virtual assistant (VA) you have the ability to work with clients all over the globe, which is quite exciting! However, one of the challenges of having clients in different areas is managing multiple time zones. As a VA I’m sure you are aware that a tiny scheduling mistake can have a huge snowball effect, but you might not be aware of all of the tools available to help minimize the chances of such inaccuracies. Here are six amazing (and free!) tools to make the challenge of managing multiple time zones a snap!
Timezone.io gives a lovely visual overview of what time it each for everyone on a remote team. Each time zone displayed shows each team member’s profile photo, giving it a more personal touch. You can access Timezone.io here.
24 Time Zones displays the current local time anywhere around the world right now including whether it’s daytime or nighttime. It has a beautiful layout and it’s easy to quickly click on other cities to find times in those locations. You can check out 24 Time Zones here.
World Time Buddy has been a favorite tool of mine for quite some time and one that I have heard many other assistants recommend as well. The best part of the tool is its slider feature that circles all of the times in each location so that it’s crystal clear where everything lines up- the chances of error are virtually minimized! You may take a peek at World Time Buddy here.
Every Time Zone is similar to World Time Buddy with its slider feature but it differs since it includes every single time zone in the world and those are static. It has a sleek design and it’s a great website if you need that much information. You can check out Every Time Zone here.
World Chat Clock is a creative tool that helps to find the most optimal time to chat with people in different locations. It gathers location information and then takes into account hours that overlap, stretch hours as well as office/ideal hours. The main point of the website is to make sure you are suggesting times for calls that are the most ideal for all parties. You can access World Chat Clock here.
Timeanddate.com is a website I have been using for years and it has so many helpful features, so I will just highlight my favorites. They recently added a time zone converter, which takes into account Daylight Saving Time and allows the user to enter present, past or future dates. It also has an international meeting planner tool which presents all options using a detailed time table. It also has a time difference feature that allows you to enter a location and see the time difference other cities are from that particular one. I recommend spending some exploring everything this site has to offer; it’s such a robust website that can really be a one stop shop! You can check out timeanddate.com here.
Let technology take the guesswork out of managing multiple time zones so you can focus on being the stellar VA you are and growing your business!