Thinking about Hiring a Virtual Assistant? Here are 3 questions to ask yourself

Are you on the fence about hiring a virtual assistant? Maybe you’re not sure what the benefits are, or you don’t know what to expect.

Many business owners struggle to get all their to-do list done in a day, which means many business owners could use an extra hand.

There are many challenges entrepreneurs experience day-to-day, especially for those who tend to wear many hats and try to do too much in a day.

We’re here to let you know there are 3 questions to ask yourself if you’re wondering if a virtual assistant is right for you and your business, and the answers will help guide you in the right direction.

“How much is my time worth?”

If you’re anything like other entrepreneurs, it’s fair to say that one of your biggest struggles is time. Finding the time to do the little tasks, the big tasks and the tasks in between is tough for everyone. You want to keep your business growing but you also don’t want to overwhelm yourself. You don’t want to waste your valuable, precious time on tasks and processes that are simple for other people to pick up. The most basic question as to ask yourself is “how much is my time worth?” For many people, time is invaluable and it’s one of the things they wish they had more of – besides money of course! But in many cases, hiring a virtual assistant not only saves you time but money, too. When you have an idea of how you value your time, focusing your efforts on tasks that require your skills becomes easier. You can look at delegating simple tasks to your virtual assistant while you focus more of your time and energy on the big things and the things you love to do.

“How much time will I have to commit to learning this skill/task to do it effectively, and is this an efficient use of my time?”

As a business owner, you are capable of many things. You are likely a Jack-or-Jill-of-all-trades and have spent a lot of time learning things that are necessary to run your business, but they aren’t always relevant to your specific industry. Let’s say you’re in the automotive industry; your main skills are going to be in this sector, but it’s more than likely that you will also know a thing or two about marketing, sales and finance. These are all things that come along with being a business owner. Learning new skills is great, but when it comes to your business, you want to be efficient. Learning a new system, process or skill could take you many hours of concentrated, uninterrupted time that could be better put towards other tasks. If your time is worth more than what it would cost to have an expert to come in and do it for you, then you need to delegate those tasks and get on with the things that need your expertise to be completed.

“By delegating simple tasks and focusing my time to be more efficient, what else will I have more time for?”

Delegating your work to a virtual assistant isn’t an option just for you to simply pile more work onto your plate. It is there to free up time for other things in your life. A virtual assistant will create space that is likely to flow from your business into your personal life, too. If you pass simpler tasks on to someone else, you will have more headspace to focus on the bigger projects at hand in your business. Business activities or personal activities can take up more space in your life and provide you with more balance. Time for family or friends, time for new hobbies, interests and of course, leisure and entertainment activities, are all areas of life that can benefit from hiring a virtual assistant. Think of the freedom you didn’t have before!

When looking at hiring a virtual assistant, it’s not something you do because you are not capable of simple tasks. A virtual assistant is just that, they are there to assist you with tasks. If you have tasks you CAN do but don’t NEED to do, you should be looking into freeing up your time and hiring someone to help. You need to be efficient with your time and clear some space, digitally, mentally and physically in your schedule so the important tasks can take precedence. Start putting your business first and focus on where you could be with the effective and smart delegation of tasks to the right people who have the skills. If you’re ready to get started with a virtual assistant, look at our marketplace of profiles and find someone with the skills you need today.

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