Hours upon hours can be spent trying to grow or develop a business. But how you spend your valuable time could actually end up hindering your business from becoming successful. Hiring a virtual assistant can free up some of the time you may be spending on administrative work and replace it with what you do best. Don’t add extra worries to your day!
Another set of hands can help with data entry, creating newsletters, posting content on your blog, answering emails from clients, or responding to social media. A virtual assistant, which is an independent contractor, can also take charge and become an all-out project manager for a campaign strategy or product launch.
Virtual assistants can be short-term or long-term, and can fill in for a specific project, or commit to a certain amount of hours weekly or monthly. This can be especially helpful during a crunch time or a busy season, especially during the holidays.
A virtual assistant with a highly technical skill level can jump into a new content management system fairly quickly without a lot of problems, but the learning curve for another virtual assistant with shaky technical skills may be far more steep. If you have requirements or preferences, make sure you discuss them in advance.
Once you find the right virtual assistant, the first few weeks of a project will be a learning curve for both parties. It is very important that you trust your VA enough to do the work you give them without second-guessing her.
If you really can’t let go of a specific project or activity because you think it needs to be completed in a certain fashion, don’t assign it to your virtual assistant.
Working with a VA allows you to delegate activities that are tedious, energy draining, or simply time consuming, so you can spend more time doing work that inspires you and keeps your business moving forward. Keep that in mind when deciding what to delegate, what to work on, and what to do with your new-found free time.