Three important things to remember before hiring a virtual assistant

Three important things to remember before hiring a virtual assistant

When you’re a sole proprietor, managing your own business is very challenging. You have hundreds of tasks you have to fulfill before the day is over. Everything from bookkeeping to social media management, marketing, and closing sales for your product; as a business owner, you have a lot on your daily plate.

When you’re a sole proprietor, managing your own business is very challenging. You have hundreds of tasks you have to fulfill before the day is over. Everything from bookkeeping to social media management, marketing, and closing sales for your product; as a business owner, you have a lot on your daily plate. It would be better if you have a virtual assistant to do some of these for you. These three important things can help you delegate your time more effectively and boost productivity:

List things you hate doing

It is very straightforward. You may write down what you dislike doing in your business on a day-to-day basis. It could be anything from bookkeeping to administration. A virtual assistant can handle things you don’t have time for and can work remotely on administrative tasks, manage your social media pages, and even do the bookkeeping tasks you may hate. The jobs you hate doing may take more time and be lower quality than if you were to hand it off.

List things you can’t do yourself

These may include daily elements of the company you don’t have any experience in, consisting of social media marketing to graphic designing. It’s also only sensible to get someone more experienced than you to do the tasks you can’t, like video editing, ad management, and digital marketing to name a few.

List things you shouldn’t be doing

Writing these down will fundamentally change your business and is a “game-changer.” So ask yourself honestly: what shouldn’t I be doing? Remember, you’re not a superhero. You can’t possibly know everything there is to know. More often than not, you won’t have the time to learn it all anyway. Virtual assistants can save you hours of your time. 

Now, decide if you should hire your virtual assistant

Once you complete your list, you can weigh up the pros and cons of hiring an extra pair of hands and the relative savings you’ll make. You may estimate how long it will take to train a VA up to the standard or style you want, how much time to spend on each task (resources, time, and labor costs) to get an idea of your budget, and how much you can save by hiring an expert. Also, think about the time zone differences between you and who you’ll need to employ. If you’re running around New York all day and need someone to help organize your meetings, it’s best to hire someone willing to work within your timezone. 

Virtual Assistants are known for being great at many things and can make a positive contribution to your business’s success. They can help your organization skills and productivity by freeing up your time to focus on other essential activities.  

Do you think your business needs a virtual assistant? Let us know!

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