What Is Not Having A Virtual Assistant really Costing You?
You’ve heard about the trend of getting a virtual assistant (VA), but you still think you can handle it all yourself? Let’s talk about priorities a bit. When you first started your business, you were so full of energy, ready to build an empire.
However, as times passes, daily necessities seem to wear off all the good vibes, and you feel rather swamped with routine tasks. You check small things off the list, but there is no time to think about the big picture. This is precisely the setup when you need a virtual assistant to help you and your business achieve maximum potential.
Fastlane to burnout
As an entrepreneur, your first reaction could be that you don’t need a VA, that you just need to organize your time better. You might find some excuses and conclude that you’ve got this.
Before you do that, be honest with yourself. When was the last time you thought about your long-term strategy and your dreams instead of just powering through your meetings and routine client work? When was the last time you took time away from your phone and computer and just enjoyed a fun afternoon with your loved ones?
Being trapped in your business a few years in a row is the fast lane to burnout. Some people even let go of entrepreneurship entirely and return to the safety of the cubicle after such an episode.
Only beginners think they can do everything on their own and thrive in all aspects of their lives. Experienced business owners are aware that delegation is the real growth-hacking tool. Accepting and even asking for outside help is not a sign of weakness. In fact, it proves you have a strategic approach to your company and choose to focus on high-value commitments.
Don’t be afraid to spend money to make money. Think about how much is an hour of your time worth and accept nothing below that.
Make a list of all the repetitive tasks, complete with time estimations and detailed descriptions. This will help you add up how much time you are spending each week with routine, non-value-added work. It will also give you a solid base to create job descriptions and training sessions for your future VA.
Pareto’s rule says that 20% of our actions bring 80% of the value. Why not focus just on that? Clear out the rest by having a dedicated person attend to those tasks which keep you from living up to your full potential.
Do you value yourself enough? When you first started your business, you aimed to help people, to make a difference, not to fill in expense reports and book flights. Don’t waste your gift on these things. Hire your first virtual assistant and put your business in the fast lane to success!
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