Imagine growing your business to exactly where you want it to be, spending more time with your family, or being able to cut down on your dull* admin tasks!
Here are 5 signs that your business is ready to hire a Virtual Assistant....
*I do not think admin is dull....this is apparently the view of many people though. Luckily for me though (and you) I love it!!
1. You never achieve your to-do list.
Not enough hours in the day? Do you regularly work long days, get up early or work in the evenings, yet you never actually achieve those things on your to-do list. Chances are the number of tasks on your list just aren't achievable for one person anymore. The tasks that are taking up your time are likely to be daily, operational tasks that could easily be outsourced to a VA. Yes you will need to spend time providing training on these tasks, but in most cases the rewards will quickly be evident.
2. You have no free time.
You have managed to build up your dream business from scratch, you have done amazingly well! But now that business is taking over your life, taking away from your time with family and its starting to make you miserable and stressed. Running a business takes time, energy and focus. Stepping away from certain tasks and placing them in the hands of a very capable Virtual Assistant will help you focus on other things such as family, health or a new business venture. Hiring a Virtual Assistant for just a few hours a week could help you achieve this balance.
3. You are not delivering the customer service you'd like to be.
Every business is built around customer service. If your customers are happy, then you've got every chance of running a successful business. Reputation is everything. If your customers are not happy, then they aren't going to recommend your business. 100% customer satisfaction is hard to achieve, but if you are confident you are giving this area of your business all the attention it requires ,then you are certain to achieve. It might be that your response rate on your Facebook messages is low, or you don't get round to responding to the emails in your inbox as quickly as you'd like. Although some customer service issues require your unique knowledge, many can be handled by anyone who is given sufficient basic knowledge. For the more complicated matters, they can still respond, acknowledging the issue and letting the customer know what to expect in terms of hearing back from you. A Virtual Assistant can do this for you.
4. You are missing important business opportunities.
You can't say yes to every single business opportunity that comes your way, but when the perfect ones come along wouldn't it be nice to be in a position to say yes? You are probably stuck doing those everyday essential but low-value tasks, those are the tasks that can be outsourced to a Virtual Assistant. Grow your business to where you would love it to be, spend time investing in the future of your business.
5. Your mind is mush!
You might be making mistakes, forgetting important meetings or just juggling too many tasks. These mistakes are not an indication of being disorganised but rather, a sign you’re doing too much and need some help so you can focus on what’s really important. You might want to grow your business but haven't got the time to do it. You know what you want to do but can't see how to get there. Virtual Assistants can do research for you and provide reports on their findings. Take the pressure off yourself, outsource to a VA and once again you will be able to see the wood for the trees.