As an entrepreneur it is in your nature to want to handle all aspects of your business by yourself. Many people struggle to put their trust in someone else to do the job as good as they can themselves. However there comes a time where you simply cannot manage everything yourself and work on growing your business at the same time. If you are struggling to meet deadlines, or find that you have waved goodbye to your social life, it may be time to outsource work to a virtual assistant. Here are three signs that it is time to make a change.
1. You are putting off tasks that you do not enjoying doing
There are always certain elements of your business that you will enjoy working on and those that you dread. The ones you enjoy working on will be the reason you started your own business in the first place. Rather than putting off tasks that you do not enjoy doing, why not outsource them to a qualified virtual assistant? That way you can carry on doing the things you enjoy and have someone else handling the mundane tasks that you dread doing. For some this may be book keeping, for others it may be writing website copy or answering customer calls.
We all have strengths and weaknesses, some of us are better at writing, whereas others are better at numbers, or closing sales. Identify which are your strongest points. These should be the things that are making money for your business. Anything that you identify as a weakness should be outsourced to an individual with expertise in that area.
2. You have to turn down work
Turning down work may sound like a good thing as it means your business is working to capacity right? Wrong! In many cases people working for themselves find that they cannot take on more work as they are having to constantly work unprofitable tasks into their schedules. Rather than turning down a job because you need to update your website or to spend a day catching up on book keeping, why not outsource these non-profitable tasks to a virtual assistant? This will work out much more cost effective for your business as you will be able to take on more work and maximise profits, whilst paying a small monthly fee to your virtual assistant for their services.
3. You have not had a proper weekend off in months
This is perhaps one of the biggest signs that you need help from a virtual assistant. Many people that work from home find it hard to differentiate their work life from their social life. This is no good for you or your family. Having a free time is important as it gives you chance to step away from your work. If you spend seven days a week working on your business you will soon grow tired of it. Hiring a virtual assistant will help you to lighten your work load. They can also help you to organise your time better so that you can see how long it takes you to do certain tasks and ensure that everything is done in the week so you can have your weekends off.
If you are an entrepreneur and have found yourself nodding along to the signs above, then it is time to get a virtual assistant. Make sure that you do your research so that you find someone that is going to add value to your business. The great thing is that you do not have to commit to a lengthy contract as most virtual assistants will work on a month to month basis.
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