When you first start running your business, you spend the majority of your time doing just that – running. You do it all. Everything from invoicing, answering customer emails. You take calls, organize files, and so much more. We haven’t even mentioned DOING client work or growing your business.
It’s enough to make your head spin. Luckily, there is a way to grow your business without focusing on mundane tasks. Hire a virtual assistant! What is a virtual assistant? Virtual assistants are professionals that offer administrative, creative, or technical services. They are often freelance and have flat rate hourly packages. You can hire for as little as 10 hours a month to as much as 40 hours a week!
Let’s say you’re running a fashion brand. You have an overflowing inventory. But getting those items listed on your e-commerce site is beyond time-consuming. A virtual assistant can take care of that for you. Send them over a spreadsheet with the details. Then you’re free to focus on orders, photography, or whatever else your empire requires.
If you’re a podcaster, you likely need to manage your social media presence. Scheduling interviews and recording episodes fill your calendar. You don’t have the free time to manage an online community. A VA will be able to create social media graphics, schedule posts, and engage with your audience.
Perhaps, you are an online coach, and no one can inspire and change lives like you. But spreadsheets, taxes, and finances – not your thing! Hiring a VA that specializes in accounting can be a lifesaver.
Beyond the day to day tasks, working with a virtual assistant can help your business in a multitude of ways. Here’s how:
1. Reduce Costs
I know it seems counterintuitive that hiring someone would save you money. Outsourcing your business needs is not hiring an employee. You don’t have to pay full-time wages, health insurance, taxes, or PTO. You at liberty to hire only what you need. Be sure to determine how many hours you need a month, and you’ll be in the green. Let’s not forget that time is money. Creating more time to work will allow you the opportunity to scale your business.
2. Sharpen Your Skills
You know the phrase, “Jack of All Trades, Master of None?” Yeah, no one wants to be that person. Yet when you’re the one man/woman show it’s easy to become kind of good at everything in your business, but great at nothing. Once you pass over the tasks that drain your brainpower, you’ll begin to focus on your skillset. The more you do it, the better you’ll become, and before you know it you’ll be a TRUE leader in your field.
3. Become a Master at Delegating
Outsourcing may not be the same as hiring an official employee, but you do have to delegate. Most entrepreneurs are the doers and dreamers amongst us, yet you often have a hard time NOT doing. Every business owner has to learn to hand out duties like ideas to achieve success. The sooner that you start to learn how to assign responsibilities, the better you’ll be long term.
You have been looking for a way to increase your productivity. You’re trying to find work-life balance but aren’t quite ready to hire a full-time employee. Hiring a virtual assistant may be the perfect fit.