Everyone needs help from time to time. Sometimes people are not willing to admit that they need help though. Sometimes it’s just because you think that if you work hard enough or fast enough, you will be able to get it all done yourself. What you may not realize is that by trying to do it yourself, some aspects of your business might be suffering and you may not even realize it. Here are 5 signs that you need a virtual assistant.
The bulk of your time isn’t spent on revenue-generating tasks.
You may be spending the majority of your time on administrative tasks, scheduling meetings or travel, processing emails, researching new solutions, posting content to social media, or other tasks that aren’t in your core areas of responsibility? If this is the case, you could be delegated these things to a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost of you doing them yourself.
Your workday pushes 9 hours+ and you have no weekends.
When you spend the majority of your time in your office, you may forget what it’s like to relax. Spending 9 plus hours in the office and working 7 days a week is not a very healthy approach to running a business. It is not good for your health or relationships. You will also be on the road to burnout.
The key is to find a healthy balance between business and leisure. If you regularly find yourself having to stay in your office for longer hours than usual and on weekends, then it might be high time to find a virtual assistant who can help cut your workload by taking some of the tasks off your shoulders.
A Virtual Assistant’s role can be specifically designed to meet your individual work needs. e.g. bill maintenance, word-processing, marketing tools, making travel arrangements and so forth. Work with your virtual assistant and start to claim back your evenings and weekends.
Weekends should be used to recharge your mental, emotional and physical batteries. You will find that when you start investing in yourself and doing all those things that make you you, then by the time Monday morning rolls around, you’re raring to go with a brain bursting with ideas and a body full of energy!
Your sales are starting to drop, and you’re missing out on a lot of business opportunities.
You may be asking how could this happen when all you do is spend most of your time on business-related tasks? Sometimes you get stuck doing so many menial tasks at once that you lose sight of what’s important and that is managing your business.
There are a lot of things in a business that needs to be handled regularly and efficiently. If you’re talking to clients, then who is doing the books? If you’re stuck promoting your business on social media, updating posts, creating content, and so on, then who’s doing the other marketing aspects for your business?
At some point, you will realize that you can’t possibly do everything on your own. There’s just not enough time in a day to accomplish every single task, while you look for other opportunities. You will probably realize that if you keep trying to do everything on your own, then your business will probably fail.
Things are falling through the cracks.
Maybe you’ve got so many projects going and people you need to communicate with that you are having a hard time keeping track of them all. It happens slowly. It may be starting to show in missed deadlines, lost communication and possibly in your overall revenue trends. You may also be missing important family stuff. When you hit that point, you may realize that you need help, this would be a good time to partner with a virtual assistant to help you manage all those details and emails so that you can focus on the bigger picture.
You are having a hard time keeping up with your email.
Does your heart race or do you get sick to your stomach at the thought of going through all of that email? The unread emails, subscriptions to pointless newsletters and junk mail is in a rapid snowball effect and just keeps growing.
A virtual assistant can quickly sort this for you in just a couple of hours. Just imagine that you can go to that client meeting and when you get back, your inbox will be organized into appropriate folders, junk mail removed, and you will be unsubscribed from all of those lists you don’t read anyway.
If you wanted to take it a step further, your virtual assistant could also handle all your new incoming e-mail inquiries and forward you the most important, can-only-be-handled-by-you types of correspondence.
There is a good chance you will save tons of time and lose tons of stress!
Those are just five of the most obvious signs that it’s time for you to hire a virtual assistant. However, there are virtual assistants for everything you might need:
- General Virtual Assistants
- Executive Virtual Assistants
- Design Virtual Assistants
- Event Virtual Assistants, etc.
- Pinterest Virtual Assistands
But remember, you always get what you pay for. Be careful when you see a super cheap assistant offering services at $2.00 per hour. Their work will reflect that price, and then there is a good chance that you will end up paying them and then paying me to fix their work.
If you find yourself in any of these situations on a regular basis, partnering with a virtual assistant can truly be a game-changing solution for you.