Running a company is a tough job, and there's never a shortage of tasks that need to be completed or fires that need to be extinguished. Excess tasks and urgent matters can keep the machine from running smoothly, creating sidelined projected and overburdened staff.
A virtual assistant (VA) comes in in these situations and many others. These professionals help you manage your busy day, and their return on investment is excellent.
Do not just listen to me on why you should hire a virtual assistant to keep reading. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, consider hiring a virtual assistant.
1. "I don't have time to focus on my core competencies."
Unless your greatest talent and passion in life is invoicing, it's doubtful that your time is best spent on office management tasks. You run a company, department, or team, and it's your job to grow the business. A virtual assistant can clear up your schedule and handle the admin side of things, giving you time to focus on what you do best.
2. "I'm stressed, and it is impacting the bigger picture."
(This was me)
When our to-do lists are seemingly forever long, it can be impossible to focus. If you feel constantly overwhelmed and it negatively impacts your work, it's time to hire a virtual assistant. Think about what your time and health are worth to you; I am sure it's a heck of a lot more than $900.00 a month.
3. "I do not have time to train new hires."
Many virtual assistants work through agencies like Tele-Help. Agency-hire virtual assistants and verify their experience and education in the fields you request, i.e., administrative tasks, marketing, accounting, and other areas of expertise. You will need to train a new virtual assistant until they are acclimated to how you do business. Still, once complete, they will be capable of working autonomously like every other person on your team.
4. "I don't have time to follow up."
Have you ever burned leads or bridges with a potential business contact because you didn't follow up accordingly?" I have and know many who have done the same. Would you love to check in on customers after they make a purchase or follow up on a warm lead to see if they are transitioning to hot and ready to close but don't have the time? A virtual assistant can follow up with customers, leads, business contacts, and other important people so that the lines of communication are always open.
5. "I work nights and weekends, and it never seems to end..."
You need a virtual assistant if you're so busy that there's no distinction between your work life and your personal life. Even if you are doing what you love, you do it for the life you want, so make time to live that hard-earned life. Invoices, follow-ups, data entry, and other small but redundant tasks can add up, and for a small amount every month, you can get that TIME back and live a little.
6. "My creativity is suffering because I have no space to breathe.."
Creativity is incredibly important if you want to grow your business in new and exciting ways or solve problems efficiently. It is well-documented that you need time and mental energy to tap into your creative side effectively. If you feel your creativity dwindling, consider hiring a virtual assistant who can free up time in your schedule.
7. "My schedule is a disaster."
Speaking of schedules, how does yours look? If your calendar isn't updated or seems chaotic, a virtual assistant can solve that pesky problem by managing your schedule and workflow. VAs can handle your schedule, easing your mind and your workload.
8. "Researching is taking time away from my projects."
You'll never have to worry about researching a new idea with a virtual assistant. You focus on pulling all the information together and have your virtual assistant provide you with the building blocks needed for the project: delegate, Delicate, Delegate.
9. "I regularly ignore my phone calls."
Letting a virtual assistant answer your work number in the office incoming phone calls will save you big on interruptions and missed opportunities. Your company will immediately appear more professional, and you can staff focused, not worrying about the call you should have answered or ignored. Plus, your customers will love being able to reach a real person.
10. "My marketing efforts are non-existent."
Marketing is one of those services that all companies know they need, but it's incredibly easy to put it off in place of other projects and obligations. A virtual assistant can set up and manage your business's blog, engage with customers on social media, write a weekly email newsletter, and more.
11. "My Company is growing."
Virtual assistants aren't just contractors that you hire when you need to focus on growing your business… they can also help you stay on top of things when your company is already experiencing the pains of rapid growth. If you fail to plan for growth, then you plan to fail. Let a virtual assistant help!
Virtual assistants are incredibly helpful business assets, and they can responsibly handle plenty of important duties. To learn more about how VAs can help you do business more efficiently, contact our Business Development Team.