4 Signs It May Be Time to Hire a Virtual Assistant
Recently, I've had a lot on my plate with website design, website maintenance, day job work - you know, the whole she-bang.
Intuitively, I knew I needed to hire someone if even just to work on a few of my day-to-day tasks to keep my mind fresh and focused on the big-picture visions of my current projects.
One of the major day-to-day items that I knew I just didn't want to bother as much with was social media.
Don't get me wrong - I love social media and interacting with others and using it to network with fellow people in my niches. But then I began to realize how easy it is to really get sucked into the unrelenting grasp of pictures and profiles and status updates and those wait - they're engaged?!? moments.
So that's when I knew it was time to reach out to find an assistant to help with my social media management and scheduling - as it was becoming way too much of a personal attention drain for me.
Realizing this, I wanted to hire a VA to take care of the social media accounts for two of my websites, and - in doing so - I'd be able to treat it as an experiment as well as an investment in hiring outside help.
For fellow creative entrepreneurs, here are 4 signs to look out for that mean it might just be time to start considering hiring outside assistance:
1. You're feeling overwhelmed and there are just too many things going on in your head.
If you're feeling like your head is running in a million different directions at a million miles per hour, then it may be good for you to consider hiring outside help. Once you do, you will immediately feel like you can once again competently handle everything without feeling like you're running around like a chicken with its head cut off (ouch!).
2. You're ready to take your business to the next level, but you're not sure where to start.
This works especially for those of us who may have hit a plateau in our businesses. Once again, hiring a virtual assistant will help you think more clearly and allow you to focus more on the big-picture visions that you were so excited about at the beginning of your business (remember those times?!). Hiring an assistant to take care of anything from basic bookkeeping to graphic design to email management to social media scheduling can enormously free up your valuable (and let's not forget finite) time and mental energy.
3. There just aren't enough hours in the day for you to do everything.
If you're focusing on the day-to-day business tasks that are necessary for any business to thrive and you're realizing that they're taking up the majority of the day, chances are you're not able to give your more innovative business ideas a chance to really develop and grow! By handing over some of all that responsibility and decision-making, you're going to feel a lot better-equipped to exude more creative energy on the real movers and shakers of your business.
4. You realize you could be doing a better job of everything, but you're not able to give it all 100% of your attention.
If you take a good luck at the business and brand you've created and there's a little voice deep down telling you it could be better (which, let's be honest, happens wayyy more often than it needs to) - but really, authentically better IF you had more time to truly make things better, then you need to start thinking about ways to outsource other easily-managed tasks that take up a bunch of time. With this, you'll finally be able to spend some good, quality time with big-ticket items like rewriting your website copy to entice more clients or batching some quality blog posts so you're prepared and not always doing things at the last minute!
Think about it. All those things you've been putting off will now finally get a chance to absolutely thrive in the spotlight of your attention!
Some Notes on Hiring a Virtual Assistant:
- It doesn't have to be the end-all, be-all of your business! In other words, once you hire someone, it doesn't mean your business will be irrevocably changed forever. If something's not working out, YOU have the power to help change it or even move in another direction.
- If you've been boot-strapping your business for a while now and you can't possibly imagine giving up any control of it, I encourage you to just test it out - maybe a month or so to see how it goes, how you feel, and if you could learn to be comfortable with letting go of the reins a bit.
- Especially in the early stages of our businesses, we don't have a lot of disposable income to just go around hiring whomever we please. If you find yourself in this category, I encourage you to (if you can!) look at hiring outside help as an investment in yourself and your business rather than as just another expense. Particularly at the beginning, don't be afraid to experiment with how it works for even just the first month.
Where to Find a Virtual Assistant:
There are so many resources to help you find a VA! You just have to look. Here are some common places to search around:
- Freelancing websites like UpWork and Fiver
- Facebook groups within your business niche or remote work groups
- Networking - maybe someone you know or a friend-of-a-friend is looking to offer their services. Post a status on Facebook or write a post within a Facebook group!
Good luck to all, and I'd love to know when YOU knew you needed to hire a VA or if you've still yet to do it! Let's connect - hit me up in the comments below!
Stay cool, stay creative!