If you’re completely overwhelmed by the day-to-day functioning of your business and in need of a little relief, you may be considering the prospect of hiring a virtual assistant. But are you truly ready for your very first virtual assistant? Consider these essentials before you make the leap:
Easy Task Delegation
The tasks you’re thinking of assigning to a virtual assistant must be easy to delegate and even easier to explain. Any benefit you gain from virtual assistants will otherwise be lost in the time it takes to show them the ropes.
If you can’t accurately complete a particular task on your own, forget delegating it to a virtual assistant. Without self-mastery, you will be unable to explain what, exactly, it takes to complete the task to your satisfaction.
Return On Investment
Hiring a virtual assistant is a complete waste of time if it does not result in an impressive return on investment. The assistant should complete time-consuming tasks that, without assistance, would prevent you from getting more important (and more profitable) work done.
Can You Earn More Than $4.00 an Hour
If you can consistently earn more than $4.00 ($8.00 to be safe) you can afford a virtual assistant. Hire someone overseas to do data entry, something for your day job (is there some data entry or word processing that just needs formatting, can they handle some other portion of your job), etc. The key is you need to do something that will make you more money than paying your assistant. So maybe they free up 2 extra hours a week to source, ship, or reprice.
The key is you don’t get to hire them and take the time off. The key to virtual assistants is to use them to buy time for your business or personal life.
A little care in task delegation will ensure that the hiring of your first personal assistant marks a huge step forward for your business. Don’t limit yourself to just outsourcing items in your business. Especially around Christmas you should look at outsourcing:
- Cooking (meal services or pay a friend to make some batch meals for you)
- Lawn Maintenance
- Extra Childcare (try not to go to overboard with this- you kids will only be young for a short time)
- Item Prep and Packing
I made a 16 minute video with a crash course in how we hire and train our VA’s if you are interested:
I have a course that I created that I go specifically into every detail of how we hire virtual assistants. It is an inexpensive course that will save you thousands of dollars in the long term.
Here is some more information to find out more about the course Hiring and Training Virtual Assistants