Do you need a virtual assistant? Here are ten sensible questions to ask yourself, to help you identify whether you can carry on as normal or would benefit from expert help.
The top 10 reasons business owners need a Virtual Assistant
Because your life is all work and no play
Imagine reaching the end of your allotted lifespan with a bucket list the length of England. You’ve been so busy with your nose to the business grindstone there isn’t time left over for the real you. You might want to climb Everest, join a naturist group or write a book of banana recipes. You might not have seen your kids for weeks. You deserve a life. The work-life balance is one of the biggest reasons business owners turn to virtual assistance. It’s a life saver!
Because there aren’t enough hours in the day
You go home with a head full of work stuff. You spend every evening going over it in your mind. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day, days in the week, weeks in the year. There’s too much to do, not enough time to do it in. Something has to give…
Because you’d rather eat worms than…
You’ve been putting it off for weeks or months. It has to be done. But you hate it with a passion. You’d rather eat worms than do your accounts / apply yourself to credit control / update your website / get your marketing done. If that’s you, hand it over to someone who’ll enjoy the task and won’t be driven over the edge of reason into a fully-fledged breakdown.
Because you’re very bad at it
You adore doing your VAT return. But let’s face it, you’re crap at it. Rather than balls it up, it might be time to give up and let someone talented get on with the stuff you’d love to be able to do but struggle with.
Because you want to concentrate on the nitty gritty of growing your business
You have great plans. World domination awaits. But you keep getting bogged down in run-of-the-mill everyday tasks and never seem to have the time or energy to get going. You might get run over by a bus tomorrow, then you’d be sorry. Bite the bullet and farm out the farmable bits to someone else.
Because you’re not in a position to employ someone
If you had a clear £x grand spare and could afford to take on a full-timer, you’d do it.But you can’t, so you don’t. All is not lost – virtual assistant services are known for being a remarkably cost-effective way to get stuff done without all the expense, paperwork and hassle of finding a full time employee.
Because you get bored and lonely working on your own
There’s a lot to be said for a bit of company, someone to share the ups and downs of everyday business life with. If you’re a one man band an experienced VA can make all the difference, sharing the practical burdens as well as being more able than you to see the wood for the trees. A really good VA will be able to spot opportunities, loopholes and improvements you’re too busy or otherwise-focused to notice.
Because you need to keep the lines of communication open
You manage a team. You have a bunch of suppliers crucial to your business’s ongoing success. Or you farm out bits of work to freelancers. It takes time, hard work and dedication to keep everyone up to date with what’s happening and manage relationships. Luckily a VA can fill the gap beautifully.
What was your tipping point?
If you’ve ever used a virtual assistant, what was the tipping point that drove the decision? We’d love to hear about it.