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when do you know you need a virtual assistant

When Do You Know You Need a Virtual Assistant

Perhaps you’ve heard about how beneficial a virtual assistant can be for your business. A fellow entrepreneur has regaled you with stories of their own positive experiences with a VA, and you want to try it out for yourself.

Or maybe you’ve already hired a VA before and have been met with resounding disappointment. It’s the trauma of this past experience that’s preventing you from reaching out to remote workers again.

For both cases, you need to be aware that hiring a virtual assistant isn’t for everyone. Some business owners will greatly benefit from hiring a VA, while others do perfectly fine without one. So how can you tell if hiring one is for you? You’re going to have to do a bit of homework first.

The first thing you’ll want to look at is how you yourself conduct your business. Are you on top of all the developments within our industry? Is your client list up to date? What about your systems? If you’re lagging behind in any of these areas, then it may be a good idea to hire a VA to help you be up to speed.

It could also be that you’re not doing anything wrong, but are doing too much. When’s the last time you’ve explored a new and exciting project? Do you feel caught up in the everyday tedium of running your business that you’ve just gone on autopilot while slowly losing your drive for innovation? Are you simply burnt out from one too many late night workfests?

If that’s the case, then you need to take stock of all your daily tasks and pinpoint ones you can offload to someone else. And as you’ve probably guessed, that someone else is going to be your brand new VA.

But a word of warning: you may have read the above scenarios and thought that they resonate well with you, but the answer to your problems may not necessarily be a VA. The last step to determine if you really need one is to see if you’re ready for collaborating with someone that works remotely.

Are you uncomfortable delegating tasks purely through chat (video-based or otherwise)? Are you the type to micromanage your employees instead of leaving them to work after laying out clear instructions? Are you expecting your VA to come without a hitch and be totally synced to the flow of your business off the bat?

If the answer to any of these questions is a yes, then maybe you should think twice about hiring a VA. VAs work across different timezones, they typically appreciate a little space in order to work properly, and they do need some initial training before they get the hang of your enterprise.

What’s that? You’re ready and willing to deal with all these things? Then what are you waiting for? Hire your own virtual assistant today!

Marco de Leon
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Marco de Leon is our resident wordsmith. Whether it’s spinning scintillating stories or penning poignant poetry in his spare time, Marco takes great pride in his attention to theme and overall narrative. And when it comes to blogging and web content creation, Marco doesn’t rest until he knows he’s worded something just right for the targeted audience. What does Marco do when he’s not writing copy? More writing! He’s a dedicated e-Sports journalist for the biggest game in the world, League of Legends. But if he had to pick three things to do if he didn’t write, it would definitely be dancing, rapping, or bar-tending.

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