If you are a small business owner you know how much time and effort it takes to run a business. Marketing, social media, sales, bookkeeping, the list goes on and on. It’s all on your shoulder and you often find yourself wishing for more hours in your day.
You feel overwhelmed by all the tasks that you have to do on a daily basis because you don’t have enough time to be productive and take your business to the next level. It’s perfectly normal if you start thinking that maybe it’s time for you to delegate some of these tasks.
Here are my top 5 reasons why you should “hire” a Virtual Assistant so that your work-life balance can benefit from it.
1. More time to focus on what really matters to your business
How much time do you spend answering emails, supporting your customers and handling everyday small tasks?
Delegating these repetitive tasks, you’ll be able to spend your valuable time on more worthwhile activities, that can move your business forward and can’t be done by anyone else.
According to a Harvard Business Review study, delegating dull tasks can save up to 20% of your workday. It’s like saving one full working day every week!
2. Save money
Let’s say that, for example, you make €100 per hour applying your skills and abilities as an entrepreneur, the part of the business that only you can do. Spending hours doing tiresome tasks (like creating invoices or cleaning up your inbox) is not going to bring in anything. Paying a Virtual Assistant €25 an hour to do those tasks, while you focus on what matters to your business, it will actually make you earn more money. It is as simple as that!
You will also save money on rent and office supplies because you won’t need an office space/desk for your Virtual Assistant.
3. Access to a variety of skills
Virtual assistants offer a large number of services: create content (written and visual), run email and social media campaigns, design websites and blogs, take care of SEO, handle administrative tasks, manage social media accounts and the list goes on.
Most VAs specialize in just one or two services, so if you need a variety of skills you are most likely going to require more than one Virtual Assistant. They are usually in touch with other professionals both in their own and other areas of expertise, thus your VA can easily connect you with other Virtual Assistants.
4. Increase Your Productivity
A Virtual Assistant will free up time for you to rest, you’ll work at peak performance and your productivity will improve.
Do you have a business event coming up and would you like to skip all the time-consuming part, and just make the important decisions? Let your Virtual Assistant book a flight and a hotel for you, so you can focus on preparing for your speech.
Your VA will do all the searching for you, so you can be more productive and feel less stressed.
5. Pay only for the time you need
With a Virtual Assistant service, you pay just for the time you require. Having the flexibility to adjust the number of hours at any point ensures you are only paying for what you need.
You might require help during busier times of the year, or maybe just for the duration of a specific project. Most VAs offer multiple pricing plans, choose the option that better suits your needs: hourly rate, weekly/monthly retainer, on a project basis.
Do you feel like you need a Virtual Assistant? I would suggest you to start working with a couple of them, give them a few simple tasks just to experience the benefits, and see if you are the right fit for each other.