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Do you have more work than you can handle? Would you like skilled help in the weakest area of your business? Are you a small business owner that's overwhelmed with your current to-do list? Maybe you're not ready to expand your team, but you could use an extra hand? Would you like someone to delegate tasks which you don't have time for or don't like to do? Hiring a Virtual Assistance can help you maintain or grow your business better than you can do alone. I will explore the benefits and the pitfalls of hiring virtual assistants.
Virtual assistants are not created equal
A virtual assistant is a person who helps entrepreneurs and businesses by doing almost anything the support staff can do but from a remote location. One of the best things about virtual assistants is that anyone with any amount of skill can be a virtual assistant. The problem is that you must find the right VA for your company with the skill level and temperament for the duties you require in your business. Most VA's will have a "Hire Me" website which should include a little about themselves. The process of hiring a VA should be the same as your process to hire an employee. Even though you won't see this person every day, you must be able to good working relationship.
Key benefits of hiring a virtual assistant
Your responsibility as a business owner is to understand, maintain, and grow every aspect of your business today and what your business could be tomorrow. If you are a solo-entrepreneur or small business owner it is impossible to do it all. The best use of your time and mental energy should be spent on the areas you are good at or are most important. How much time do you spend every week doing the same menial task such as managing emails, entertaining interruptions, and completing administrative tasks? All of those things can be outsourced to a virtual assistant. Without all that mess on your plate, you have the chance to be productive, less stressed, and more in control of the growth of your business. Many businesses go under because they spend so much time working in the business and not enough time working on the business; with a virtual assistant, your business won't fall victim to this.
Reasons not to hire a virtual assistant
A virtual assistant is not for everyone. First of all, If you are afraid of letting go and trusting someone to take care of something in your business, then you shouldn't consider hiring a virtual assistant. While you will be giving your exact instructions to your VA, you can't control their process, their hours, or even their efficiency. You have to trust that you hired the right VA for your business. Secondly, don't hire a VA and expect your problems will be solved immediately. Similarly to an employee, you have to train your VA on your company, your systems, and projects. Depending on the VA you hire and the tasks you assign them, be sure to take into account how long it would take to train them. Lastly and probably most obviously, Don't hire a VA if you can't afford to. It wouldn't be a good financial decision for your business and unfair to the self-employed VA.
You will be better able to focus on your passion by hiring a virtual assistant. The first step is finding the right VA for you and your business with the skill set needed to solve your problem. Hiring the right VA will allow you to only spend your time and mental energy on the things you love and your chosen responsibilities. If you are looking for a virtual assistant, I am happy to answer additional questions for you here. Check out my "hire me" page for more information on our virtual assistance services.
What do you think? Have you ever considered hiring a virtual assistant? What has been your experience with VAs? Do you have any information to add to virtual assistance?
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