If you run a business that’s just you or a small team, then you may have considered hiring a virtual assistant (also known as a VA) to help with some of the work.
So what’s stopping you? Maybe you’re worried about handing over parts of the company you’ve spent lots of effort building up? Or maybe you don’t know whether you can trust an external person? Perhaps you’re just not sure of what work to give to a virtual assistant?
These are valid and understandable worries, and there are ways of overcoming these. For example, look for virtual assistants with amazing reviews, or ask other businesses for their recommendations. You can also search for a virtual assistant who specialises in your industry or has specific skills so you know that you’ll be working with someone who really knows what they’re doing.
If you still need convinced, read on for some fantastic reasons to hire a virtual assistant.
Free up time to do what you love
You set up your business for a reason, right? And I bet that reason wasn’t so that you could spend hours trawling through emails, burying yourself in admin, or trying to post regular content across social media and your blog.
Of course not.
Many virtual assistants LOVE that kind of work, though (I know I do), and that’s probably one of the reasons they set up in the first place.
So if you spend so much time on the day-to-day grind that you no longer find time to focus on the part of your business that you really love, then maybe it’s time to free up some of your time by handing over a bit of the work.
Not sure of what work to hand over? Check out my blog post: Deciding What Work to Outsource.
Find a better work-life balance
We’ve all been there: up at the crack at dawn, still hammering away at the keyboard while you sit in bed after attempting to get an early night… That kind of lifestyle can be very stressful and you can quite easily lose the will to keep on running your business.
Working on your own is tough and we both know that these kinds of days will be required now and again, but when you find yourself doing this more often than not, it’s time to make a change.
If you’ve treated yourself to a night out with friends but spend it stressing about work the whole time, have gobbled down a 5-minute microwave dinner in order to get back to work, or are barely functioning because of another very late working night, you need to STOP and take better care of yourself.
By hiring a VA, you can share some of the work, make things more manageable for yourself, and ultimately do better for your own business when you’re not exhausted, stressed, and miserable.
Stop spending time on tasks you hate
Ever felt like not getting out of bed because you know that some specific task awaits? Whether it causes mild annoyance or a sinking feeling in your stomach, a virtual assistant can take on the jobs you hate.
Use expert skills for certain areas of your business
If you spend twice as long doing a job half as well as an expert would, have you really saved anything?
It may seem like you’re keeping your spending down if you do everything yourself, but if you have to spend hours researching how to do something, and then are slow to do it because you don’t really understand it or don’t have any experience, you’re wasting your own time. You could, instead, have been using that time and energy building your business.
It’s much better to find an expert and ask them to do it. Yes, it may cost you money, but it’ll also cause you a lot less stress and you’ll get better results in the long run.
Grow your business
If you have big plans for your business, the truth is that you can’t afford to do it all yourself. There are only 24 hours in a day and you have to sleep for some of them.
Whether you’re making plans for the future or have been vainly trying to reach big goals for a while, the only way to really achieve these is to accept some support. Working with a virtual assistant allows you to hand over the day-to-day work, put systems in place, and pass on minor tasks. Doing so will ultimately help you free up space to achieve those big dreams!
So, to summarise, some reasons you should hire a virtual assistant include:
- Free up time to do what you love
- Find a better work-life balance
- Stop spending time on tasks you hate
- Utilise expert skills
- Grow your business
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