As a start-up company or full-time entrepreneur, you probably find yourself wearing many hats...accountant, blogger, and social media manager to name a few. Though it is true that no successful business is stress-free, there are some signs that indicate it might be time to hire your first virtual assistant (VA).
What is a VA you ask? VA’s work remotely and are self-employed individuals that provide professional assistance to their clients. By working with a VA, you have the potential to save money on training, employee benefits and additional office space.
So, let's get down to it. Here are five clues it might be time to hire a VA.
You want to be more productive. Most on line entrepreneurs offer some sort of service or are creative in nature. Maybe you are an author, a virtual store owner or a business coach. If you find that you are bogged down by the administrative tasks associated with your work and unable to make time for the creative juices to flow, then try delegating those tasks to a VA. This will free up your time to work on the things that you love and/or get more of the “creative” side of your business going.
You can’t stay ahead of emails. You don't even know what inbox zero is. You’ve lost a client because you didn't see their email in time to meet that important deadline. Email management is one of the easiest tasks to outsource. With the implementation of canned responses and email folders, your VA can batch process email for you, leaving you with only the most important emails to respond to. This is a big time saver!
You aren't seeing results from social media. Social media is one way entrepreneurs can advertise services or connect with potential clients. Plug in the right strategies and you can hit a gold mine. But, if you aren't seeing any results from your social media efforts, hiring a VA who specializes in social media management could do the trick. Social media managers know the ins-and-outs of Facebook and the likes, so they can create a strategy to help your business grow. It is well worth the return on investment if you see a clear upshot in sales and requests for services.
You no longer have time for family and friends. This is a huge one and it’s all about work-life balance. Yes, you are going to have to get up at 5 every morning to market your services or stay up late to finish that blog post, but at what cost? This is not me telling you that you don’t have to sacrifice. This is me telling you that in order to be successful, you have to leave a little room for your family and friends; some time to do the things you enjoy doing. Why? Because those early mornings and late nights can cause some serious burnout if you aren't careful.
- You know you need help, but can’t afford a full-time employee. You've seen some success and your business is definitely growing, but you are busting at the seams trying to multi-task and get it all done. You know you need help, but a full-time employee is not in the budget. VA’s are there to help when you need it, whether that be a few hours each week or something more part-time. You decide what is in your budget and hire a VA according to what you can afford. Everyone wins.
How did you know it was time to hire a VA? Let me know in the comments!
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