Everyone needs help once in a while for their business. But how do you know when it's time to get help and what kind of help you need? Here are 20 clues to help you decide.
It's O.K. to ask for help!
There’s this trap some people fall prey to, especially ambitious entrepreneurs, small business owners and busy professionals. It goes something like this.You've got a great idea or project you want to implement that could dramatically impact your business but you keep putting it off for later.
- You think, “If I work hard enough and fast enough, I can get it all done”.
- You think, “No one can get it done better or faster than I can”.
What usually ends up happening after that is nothing. You just keep doing what you are doing putting things off for later!
Sure you can do it all yourself for a while but even the best leaders and the most successful business people and entrepreneurs reach out for help at one point or another. It’s not only crucial to the growth and success of your business, it’s essential for a happier more balanced work and life.
As the 17th century English author John Donne once said, “No Man Is an Island”.
It’s just common sense to get help and most of us know it. The trick is knowing when, how much and what kind of help will most benefit your business needs.
In some cases, hiring a full time person is a must but it isn’t always the case. In fact, hiring a person who can work remotely, like a virtual assistant might actually be a better solution.
Here are 20 signs to help you decide if it's time to hire a virtual assistant for your business
Work Related Signs!
- You’re overwhelmed with administrative tasks.
- You have big ideas for your business but no one to help you implement them.
- You have exciting projects but no time to do them because you’re too busy running your day to day business.
- You regularly work 10, 12 or 16 hour a day to keep up with all the work you have but still feel like you are behind.
- You are bogged down with a million tasks that might be more appropriate for another person.
- You have routine tasks and work related things to do that you hate doing
- You want to spend more time on your core business
- You work weekends and nights just to keep up with administrative tasks.
You’re Losing Sales And Missing Opportunities
- You are losing sales because you have no up-to-date client and prospect database because you’re too busy to enter the necessary information into your CRM yourself.
- You keep missing deadlines to follow-up and missing out on business opportunities.
Your Happiness Or Lack Of it
- You are stressed out all the time
- You want to be more productive instead of putting out fires all day long.
Signs You Should Hire A Virtual Assistant Over A Physically Present Assistant
- You have a small budget and can’t afford to pay all the hidden costs of hiring a personal assistant not to mention their salary which can start at around 35K. More if you live in a metropolitan area like the San Francisco bay area. (Virtual assistants cost significantly less than a regular employee)
- You don’t have the office space to house a physical employee.
- The work you want to delegate can be done remotely.
- You need someone who can wear many hats and is flexible.
- You don’t want the hassle of providing a computer to a worker.
- You don’t want the hassle of dealing with health insurance, benefits and all that HR stuff.
- You only need someone to help a few hours a day and can’t find anyone local who can afford to work so little.
- You don’t want the hassle of hiring or training a person. Many VA's are trained in special fields and certain software. For instance, one of the many online tools and software that Prialto's virtual assistants are trained to use is salesforce CRM software.
If you answered yes to just a handful of the signs above then maybe you should consider delegating work outside of your company and hire a virtual assistant or at least consider hiring one because if you really want to move forward, you can't keep doing the same thing and expect a different result!
The good news is, because most virtual assistants work like independent freelancers and contractors, you can always give it a try and If it doesn't work out, move on. No daunting HR paperwork to fill out. No messy unemployment to deal with.
It’s that easy.
So instead of asking yourself why hire a virtual assistant, maybe you should ask yourself why not hire a virtual assistant?