Should I Hire a Virtual Assistant Now?

Are you ready to hire a virtual assistant to help you with your business?  Should you hire a virtual assistant?  You know there is a stack of work to be done, but you can never get around to it since there are always more important things that come first.  Or every time you sit down to work on it, another urgent phone call or email comes and you have to deal with it right away.  You begin to wonder if now is the time to hire a VA.  Are VAs really worth hiring?

Another reason you are thinking about hiring a VA now is that you know you could grow your business if you just had someone consistently answering emails, moderating your Facebook group or drafting newsletters.  Instead you wait until the nagging voice in your head won’t let you concentrate on anything else but those things. So you do them but then get behind on the essential work.

Does this mean you should go out and hire a VA right away?  Or should you wait until you hit the ‘big time’ and are making tons of money?  Can you even make a substantial amount of money without help?

Will the VA need to be full time?  Part time?  Maybe once in a while?

Where can you find a VA?  Would people even know what you’re talking about when you say virtual assistant?

There are some things the entrepreneur has to decide in order to make the right decision.

Should I hire a virtual assistant now?

Make a list of what can be easily outsourced.  If you have consistent work that can be done to help your business grow and doesn’t necessarily need you to do it, it’s time to hire a VA.  What will the VA work on first?  Is it something that will bring money in your business?  Or is it just something that you think you should be doing because others are.  Don’t confuse activity with productivity.  Make sure the work is necessary.  This post has a few ideas to get you started.

How many hours of work can I outsource?

If you buy, for instance, a package of 10 hours a week, will they get used or be wasted?   Looking at how long a job/project usually takes you might give you an idea on how many hours you need. If it’s something the VA specializes in, it will get done even faster!  Start small and then gradually build up to where you can easily pass the work along.  This helps build trust and communication as well as a solid foundation.

Where can I find a virtual assistant?

Agencies, referrals from other business owners, and Facebook groups are all solid ways to find someone that will work with you.  The virtual assistant industry is growing rapidly as we have entered a new decade.  More business owners are learning about VAs and utilizing their services.

Watch your business really flow once you begin delegating your workload!  Soon other entrepreneurs will be asking you for advice!