4 Signs You’re Ready to Hire a Virtual Assistant
Have you ever experienced Business Envy? Of course you have. We all have. There’s always that one gal in your “Grow Your Biz” Facebook Groups. Every single post reads something like: “OMG You guys!!! I just had a $30,000 launch for my ‘Lose 25 lbs of belly fat using this one weird trick’ Webinar!!! To celebrate, let me write five paragraphs of humblebrags detailing exactly how I became so amazing…”
Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But there are still those people who seem to have it all together. It seems impossible, right? Well, I’m going to let you in on a little secret – Chances are, they’ve hired help. Deciding to hire a Virtual Assistant is one of the best half-kept secrets in the online entrepreneurial industry. Maybe you’ve seen people in the online community ask around about working with a VA or looking for referrals to a good freelancer. But it always seemed like something only a booming business could afford. Right?
Wrong. In fact, when you hire a Virtual Assistant you can easily take your business from merely established to busy and booming. Paying someone to take on your busy work and create more open time slots for paying clients? Now that sounds like a formula for growth.
So now that you know that hiring a VA is attainable, how do you know if you’re ready to take the next step? Read on and see if you can relate to any of the following…
You’re Ready to Hire a Virtual Assistant If:
1. You spend more time managing your business than serving paying clients
Your business should always have a healthy balance of management and actual coaching. If managing your business is eating up all your time, then it starts to seem pretty pointless. What’s the use of putting in all that work when it only leaves you with a few time slots for coaching clients?
When you hire a Virtual Assistant to take on your business administration, social media and website management, you’re not just helping your business run more efficiently (though that’s pretty awesome, too). You’re also freeing up more time to coach real paying clients. So if you find your business out of balance, that’s definitely a sign that you’re ready to hire a Virtual Assistant.
2. You’re ok with the idea of a long-distance hire
One great perk when you’re looking hire a Virtual Assistant – there’s no geographical limit to who you can hire! You might just find someone halfway around the world that checks all your boxes and is a pleasure to work with. This does mean, however, that you need to be comfortable with communicating virtually.
I know, this seems like a no-brainer. But if your coaching business is brick-and-mortar and you’re used to only dealing with people in real life, working with someone virtually can take some getting used to. It’s important to keep in mind how you’ll communicate your needs clearly and effectively.
The good news: there are a lot of great tools to help with this! Zoom online conference calls, task management tools like Asana and Trello… in an increasingly virtual world, solutions are popping up left and right to help you with virtual collaboration. A good VA should be able to help you ease into this new type of working relationship, as well.
3. Your online presence is inconsistent
No matter how good you are at what you do, no one will ever know unless they find you! Consistent online contributions via blogging, videos, podcast and social media are all great ways to stay visible and find the people who need you most. But again, this takes a lot of time and effort! It’s difficult to do it all while still taking care of yourself and your clients.
If this is something you struggle with, a Virtual Assistant can be your saving grace. Many VAs specialize in content creation (writing blogs posts, social media copy and more). You can even hold a strategy session to create a super duper content calendar and social media strategy to match.
4. You’re comfortable with delegation
This can be a tricky one. Your business is your baby. You started it from scratch. You like things done a certain way and you worry that handing over a piece of it to a complete stranger could change things.
This may be true, but chances are it will change things for the better. Feel free to start slow, just delegating a few small things at a time. As you begin to see the progress in your business and feel the load lift from your shoulders, it will become easier and easier to delegate.
However, if you really don’t feel comfortable leaving any part of your business in the hands of someone else, a Virtual Assistant may not be for you. Hiring a Virtual Assistant and then micromanaging every single task will end up taking just as much of your time, if not more.
That’s why it’s so important to find a Virtual Assistant that you feel comfortable with. Someone who understands your mission and who can be a good representative of the heart and soul of your business.
So… now what?
Can you relate to any of these examples? Are you dreaming of the moment when all your least-favorite bits of managing your business are lifted from your shoulders so you can get back to doing what you love most? Well, darlin’, I’m here for you!
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