How do you know if you need a Virtual Assistant for your business?
Many small business owners are just starting to gain knowledge about the virtual assistant industry. Others realised the benefits of contracting a virtual assistant years ago and are already enjoying the services of talented VAs.
If your exposure to the VA industry is somewhat limited, we would love the opportunity to share some information with you.
The info is aimed to help you answer the question whether you really need a virtual assistant and what benefits such a working relationship can bring to you.
If you want to review the definition of a virtual assistant, please click here
If you already decided that you want to be part of the VA industry, and would like some tips on how to hire a suitable VA, please click here
Do You Need a Virtual Assistant?
It might be easier to answer this question after you’ve evaluated your situation against the following scenarios.
Do you feel that…
You do not have enough time to run your business effectively? You are so busy fighting the fires that you barely has the time to grow and expand your business.
Your business is running you instead of you running it?You are bugged down by too many routine tasks that need to be done on a daily basis. You just don’t get ahead.
You don’t have a work-life-balance anymore? You are so busy on a daily basis and even after hours, that you just don’t have time for anything else.
You want more focus on your core competencies? Ideally you should spend 80 – 90% of your time exclusively on activities that create the most value and profits to your business. Those things that you are passionate about and that will grow your business. Sadly, half of your time is spend on non-core activities.
You need assistance – but do not have the space and/or additional equipment to consider hiring a person?
If your answer is yes to one or more of the questions above, it might be possible that you need a virtual assistant or that you should consider obtaining some help for your business.
Remember, that doing everything yourself can only take you so far
There are just not enough hours in one day to keep expanding and growing your business without experiencing fatigue and burn-out. At some point you will have to consider a few options to delegate a number of your responsibilities to a competent professional.
These delegation options can include:
- Appointing a full time employee.
- Hiring a temporary person to assist with some of the tasks.
- Using the services of a competent virtual assistant.
Each of the above options has its own benefits and concerns and making the right choice will actually depend on your specific needs.
Many entrepreneurs and small business owners however, use a virtual assistant to support them with administrative (and other) tasks.
Hiring a VA is currently the preferred option and is gaining more and more acceptance especially due to technological advances in communication and internet technologies.
Hire a VA – What’s In It For Me?
The decision that you need a virtual assistant brings the following tangible and intangible benefits to your business. You will have…..
More time: Outsourcing the time-consuming administrative activities will free up time that you can spend more productively expanding your business.
Higher productivity: Available time can now be spend on creating new or improved strategies to boost your profit producing products or services.
Increased satisfaction: Spending more time on your core competencies – those things you like doing the most and that you are quite good at – will enable your business to grow faster.
More flexibility: You are not bugged down by routine administrative tasks anymore, but are flexible to spend your day to its optimum potential.
Control: The working relationship with your VA is based upon a pre-defined contractual agreement where you set the specifications of what you expect. You still control the scope and the type of tasks you need them to handle. Thus, you do not lose sight of the outsourced activities
Improved quality: You can get away from the trap of becoming a jack of all trades and a master of none. Your virtual assistant is a professional with specific knowledge, experience and skills to perform your administrative tasks to a higher quality standard. Time gained will assist you in improving your own quality output.
Enhanced Technology: Through virtual assistance you have access to world class equipment and technologies without increasing your capital expense budget. Any serious VA makes use of leading on-line processes and computer technology to assist your business.
Reduced stress: The knowledge that a professional partner is assisting you provides the opportunity of having a better work-life balance. You can now make active progress in your business and enjoy activities you like, e.g. spending more time with your family.
Improved profitability: combining the above benefits can result in long-term success and sustainable profitability of your business.
All the above benefits are important to give you the edge on running a successful business. However the number one reason why you might need a virtual assistant is this:
They are in business to…make YOUR business a success!
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