7 Clear Signs You Need to Invest in a Virtual Assistant
Whether you are just starting your business or have been at it for several years, you will reach a point when you cannot, or do not want to do everything yourself. This is the time to outsource to a virtual assistant. Outsourcing does not mean you are giving up control. It simply means that you value your time and want to use it in the most productive way.
Here are some signs that you need a virtual assistant:
You feel overwhelmed.
Are you working long hours in order to get things done? Maybe you feel paralyzed by the long list of tasks you need to complete. Feeling overwhelmed at times is natural, but if it happens often, it’s time to take action and hire an assistant.
You dislike the work.
Everyone is good at something, but nobody is good at everything. If you have tasks that you simply dread doing, perhaps you always put them off until the last minute; consider hiring an assistant to do them for you.
It takes you forever to complete tasks.
If you burn up three hours trying to draft your weekly newsletter because you struggle with the formatting, stop! It is not worth it when you can outsource the task and have it completed in under an hour.
You don’t know how to do something.
One great thing about virtual assistants is that many have knowledge in a lot of areas. If you’ve been doing without something because you can’t do it yourself, hiring it out may be the answer.
Tasks are getting pushed aside.
If emails and phone calls are going unanswered, then your customer service may be suffering. Poor customer service can lead to lost sales. Regardless of the task, if you do not have time to do it, hire someone to take care of it for you.
The family is unhappy.
Take your queues from family and friends. When family members start migrating to your office, rather than you to the family room, chances are, you’re working too much.
You are tired of doing it alone.
It’s tough operating a one person business. You have to be the creative thinker, implementer, follow-up person and more. While doing everything is great for the ego, it’s not always great for business. When you tire of doing it alone, call a VA. Remember, even superheroes call in reinforcements when they need it.
When you work with a virtual assistant, you can still do the tasks that you enjoy most, but you also have a support system in place for things that cause you stress or take up too much of your time. Hiring a virtual assistant allows you to reach your goals more quickly, access skills that you may not have, take your business to the next level, and even enjoy some free time.
Are you ready to hire a VA? What are some tasks you would like to outsource? Leave your answer in the comments below and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about virtual assistance.