Today’s advanced technology have tremendously improved the way we communicate, delegate tasks and complete projects. Although working remotely with teams spread across the globe proved to be financially beneficial and can also increase productivity, there may be apparent challenges along the way. These roadblocks anyhow......
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!