“You can do anything, but not everything” -David Allen
As a professional, you have got all the tools you need to work faster and smarter. Still, you find yourself falling behind the deadlines with unfinished tasks on your colorful sticky notes. This is happening because no matter how many tools you have, there are always 24 hours for you in a day.
A virtual assistant can be of great help for busy professionals or business owners who need an extra hand to get the work done. Sometimes, they work overtime without even realizing that it is affecting their work-life balance and can impact the quality of work they are doing.
Before moving forward, what exactly is a virtual assistant?
The internet revolution has brought us a ton of new concepts. The advent of WWW(World Wide Web) gave birth to a myriad of digital services that cater to the business community. Virtual Assistant service is one the gifts of the internet to individuals and business owners. Virtual Assistant (VA) is an individual who possesses a specific skill set that allows him to work remotely as a personal or administrative assistant. They can perform various tasks such as social media marketing, graphic design, data gathering and analysis, web development, SEO, content creation, bookkeeping, and so on.
Below are the six signs for you to know that you need a virtual assistant.
You have so many tasks on your work plate
How much time are you spending on a task that isn’t worth that much? Are you spending much of your time on administrative tasks and not on revenue-generating tasks? Are you juggling between tasks like posting content to social media, processing emails, researching new solutions, scheduling meetings or travel, or tasks that are taking up too much of your time?
These tasks can be delegated to a virtual assistant to clear up your calendar for high-value tasks. This way, you will have someone to watch your back and make sure that everything is getting done before the deadline. You will discover a dozen of hours that you can use on things which only you can do.
You have work to be done which you aren’t skilled at
There are tasks which need special skill sets, knowledge, and experience. A virtual assistant can help you with projects which need a specific skill set. You need to be spending time on things you are good at. You can outsource the things which you can’t do to a virtual assistant.
You are working 10-16 hours a day
Are you waking up in the middle of the night wondering if you have forgotten something to do in the office? You are struggling to keep up with all the work you have to do and you find yourself always behind the deadline. This is a sign which is telling you to partner up with a virtual assistant to clear up your time and manage your tasks. VA ensures that the work is done within the timeframe and you will be relieved from the stress and enjoy your evenings and weekends.
You are spending your time on managing not leading
Are you spending most of the time to manage websites, social media pages, updating databases, administering programs, etc? You can easily transfer these responsibilities to a virtual assistant who can help you pull your business up. This way, you can clear up your to-do list and focus on getting more prospects and lead the team. You can utilize this time to implement all those ideas which you have been thinking to improve your business.
You have multiple projects and close deadlines
Sometimes, you may find yourself stuck with multiple projects from multiple clients and you can’t say no to them. These deadlines can sometimes seem unachievable. This is the perfect timing to hire a virtual assistant to help you manage different tasks of a project. This way, you can get things done quickly and achieve milestones before the deadline.
You need help but you can’t afford a full time employee
Most of the small businesses are not able to afford the costs associated with hiring a full time employee. It is also difficult to find an employee who can just work few hours a day for you. A virtual assistant is an independent contractor who works virtually for you and you only have to pay for 100% productive work. There are no recruitment fees, no HR paperwork, no overheads like office space, equipment, supplies, etc. A VA is always interested in the success of your business.