There comes a time in your entrepreneurial journey when you’re ready to expand. Due to the high costs and commitment levels involved with taking on inhouse staff, many online business owners are opting for the more cost-effective route of outsourcing to a Virtual Assistant.
This is an incredibly smart decision. Not only do you save on inhouse costings, but you’re also hiring someone only for the time and tasks needed – so no paying for someone to sit around waiting for work to appear!
But how do you know if you’re ready for that step? Is now the right time for you to work with a Virtual Assistant?
Here are my top 5 signs that show you’re ready to work with a Virtual Assistant and upscale your business.
1: Being everything to everyone is wearing you out
We’re human beings, not human doings! When you first start your own business there’s excitement, but also a huge learning curve for the journey ahead. You try everything and juggle all the hats, from customer service to product creation.
But there comes a time when you’re tired of doing everything yourself. It’s stressful, you’re working longer hours and it’s encroaching into your family time. Now’s the right time to reach out for additional help – before it starts to negatively impact on your business and personal life.
2: Firefighting was never on your ideal careers list
If you feel like this, it’s another sure sign you’re ready to work with a Virtual Assistant. You’re so busy rushing around putting out fires, you’re not moving forward. Whether it’s an unhappy customer or a deadline fast approaching, you’re constantly rushing around playing catch up.
If you’ve reached a point where you’re always reacting to the situation as it arises, then you need to bump ‘research a VA’ up the priority list. Now is the time to regain control and start being proactive again.
3: Your to-do list is never-ending, and your inbox looks like the GDP of a small country
When was the last time your inbox was empty? Scratch that, when was it last in single or even double figures? If your inbox appears to have a life of its own, and you never seem to get it into a manageable state, then it’s a sure sign you need some help.
Same with your to-do list. If you keep adding to it, but never quite get around to clearing the tasks already on it, then it’s time to call in the cavalry. Get those tasks up-to-date, and your inbox back under control.
4: You’re working on the wrong priorities
The biggest neon flashing sign for ‘you need to work with a Virtual Assistant – now!’ is when you’re not doing what you went into business to do.
If you’re a coach for example, but you spend the vast majority of your time on business administration, you’re working on the wrong priorities for you. Yes, you do need to carry out a certain amount of business administration and generally running your business is something that will always be a part of your role – but it shouldn’t be taking up the majority of your time.
If you have the choice of taking on another client who’s worth £50 per hour to your business or reviewing your business analytics, your priority needs to be the client. You’re the only person that can do that role – you can (and should!) always hire someone else to do the more generic tasks in your business.
5: Things are slipping through the net
Working for yourself inevitably means you can only focus on one thing at a time. Plus, you’re only physically and mentally able to work for so many hours per week. You can’t do everything and things are going to slip by the wayside.
Before you know it, standards have fallen, customers are unhappy and things aren’t getting done. If you’re at this stage, you need to work with a Virtual Assistant, to get back control of your business, before you lose it.
It’s understandable that you may doubt whether you’re ready to work with a Virtual Assistant, as it is a big step up for you and your business. However, if you’re demonstrating any of the above signs, you seriously need to consider working with a Virtual Assistant, to get back control of your business, before you lose it.