Two months ago, I made a decision that forever changed the trajectory of my business. I hired a virtual assistant. Such a seemingly simple decision has already changed my business in dramatic ways.
Today, I want to talk to you about how to know that you’re ready to hire a VA and a few ways that your assistant can positively impact your life and business.
Why did you start your business?
You know the special gifts and talents you possess—those unique abilities that make your business stand above the others? Remember the reasons you started your business and all the hopes and dreams you had to make it a success? You should go do those things!
Hiring a virtual assistant will allow you the time and freedom to do just that. Go, meet with potential clients and engage in new opportunities! Your virtual assistant has your back and those dreaded, but necessary, daily tasks are being handled while you wield your amazing talent and grow your business!
Let’s be real: sending invoices, managing email inboxes, scheduling appointments, logging payments—those tasks weren’t part of the dream and they are taking you away from your strengths, gifts, and talents! They aren’t growing your business or increasing your income!
See if you find yourself in these 7 signs that show you need an assistant:
- You’re doing it all… and you’re downright exhausted!
- Your average workday routinely includes evenings and weekends.
- You’re struggling with work / life balance. (Yes, that IS a real thing!)
- You often forget to do tasks: big and small.
- Your time on admin tasks makes you wonder if YOU are the assistant rather than the creative brains behind the business.
- You’ve missed out on new client opportunities simply because of lack of organization!
- Your to-do list has a to-do list… and you aren’t sure where to start.
If these 7 signs resonate with you, then I’ve got a list you’re going to love!
7 Things Your Virtual Assistant Will Do For You:
- Schedule Management:
Your virtual assistant is able look at the big picture and see what benefits you, your family, and your business and arrange it all into one beautiful mosaic that works seamlessly for you!
- Email Management:
No more apologies for delayed responses—or worse, missed opportunities! Your assistant can reply on your behalf and arrange and schedule the important tasks in your inbox so that you’re on top of it all! Also, let’s don’t forget the junk mail filtering! You’ll see only what you want to see when you open your email program each day. Goodbye spam and “special offers”!
- Billing Process Management:
From invoicing to recording client payments to balancing bank statements, your virtual assistant will handle this process in the background while you’re free to focus on business growth!
- Personal Task Management:
All the appointments that are necessary but you never seem to find the time to schedule—don’t worry, your assistant has your back! From a break in your busy day to make sure you eat lunch or an important doctor or dentist check-up… these appointments will show up on your calendar in the most opportune and timely places almost as if magic, thanks to your VA! This includes travel arrangements that you may find yourself putting off to the last minute or date night that you keep forgetting to put on the calendar. Once you let your VA know what’s important to you, she’ll make sure you are aware and prepared well in advance!
- Project and Admin Support:
From making sure your calendar includes prep-time to ensuring you have billed the client for your services and everything in between, your VA will take care of the details! Do you need a shoot-assistant for this photography project? Let your VA know and arrangements will be made! Will you need a microphone or do you prefer a headset for your next speaking engagement? Your VA is on the job and will make sure your preferences are known. Your flight is arriving at zero-thirty and you need a car to the hotel? Yes, your VA has already planned your transportation.
“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” Benjamin Franklin
This reason alone would give so many of you peace of mind. Your VA will help you recognize your priorities and then prioritize your days / week to increase your productivity! Less putting out fires, more igniting the passion and creativity that grows your business and dreams.
- No Office Tools or Supplies Needed:
Virtual Assistants come planned, ready, and prepared on day one with everything they need to serve you. No need to rent office space, buy a new computer and desk, or pay a higher light bill for one more employee! And here’s just one more bonus—no need to worry about payroll taxes and withholding. Your VA can be hired as an independent contractor.
“Few people are more responsible for your success than your assistant.”
Hiring a virtual assistant is like adding a secret weapon to your super power! Stars align and amazing things happen! If you have waited and wondered long enough, I hope that today’s post encourages you to take that next step and hire a virtual assistant. I’m happy to make recommendations via email—just hit the contact button on the menu above for more info. (I don’t want to risk flooding my VA with too many inquiries, so I’m only sharing her details privately upon request!)