A Virtual Assistant/Administrator is a worthwhile investment for you and your business. If any of these look familiar to you, it might be the right time for you to consider hiring a Virtual Administrator for your business:
- You’re having trouble doing your day job because it takes too long to do the administration work.
- You need work completed that doesn’t require an office presence.
- Your business is not office based, or you simply dislike the admin duties.
- You spend more time fretting and less time doing!
- You know what tasks need completing, but you don’t have the time or staff to do them.
If it doesn’t make financial sense for you to hire a permanent employee, but you need an extra pair of hands and it’s essential to your growth, it’s probably time for you to try a virtual administrator.
Wait until you are ready!
As the old saying goes “time is money” therefore knowing which tasks you should delegate can be tricky at first. Start by making a note of the tasks that overwhelm you and could (or should) be outsourced, don’t assume the VA will jump straight in and know exactly what you want. If you have no idea what you need, neither will they!
Be specific about your business needs and expectations. Ensure you make time to give some direction at the start, or provide information they will require to carry out the work.
How do you work with a VA?
A lot of business owners experience difficulty letting go at the beginning (I know I would), this is understandable, you’ve worked hard to build up your business and you don’t want to lose control or not know what is happening in the background. Time and trust in your VA will help to dispel those worries.
Most VAs carry out administrative tasks similar to an Executive Assistant, but many specialise in a number of areas based on their previous career experience. An initial consultation is important as it helps both parties to work through and discuss what tasks you can pass on. The consultation will also cover the rates of pay and you can establish a ways-of-working process that is convenient for both.
You shouldn’t think of a VA any differently than you would of an employee in terms of training that you provide, or the information they will need to help them understand your business.
In order to build up confidence in your VA start with small tasks and build up the responsibility when you feel comfortable with their capability, or provide more direction at the beginning to allow them to get to know you and your business. In no time, you will be able to take a step back and let them get on with it.
You won’t look back!