So, you have heard of a virtual assistant and, having done some research, you now know what one is. How do you know that you need one?
When you are running a small business and trying to keep your outgoings to a minimum. It is very easy to try to take on everything yourself. However, the 7 signs below suggest that you need to get a virtual assistant to help you.
1. Social Media Takes Up A Large Portion Of Your Time.
Social media is often thought of as an easy win for small business owners, who try to do it themselves. However, you can end up spending a large chunk of time on there and not see much return on that investment. Just think. Even if you just spend half an hour a day on each of the most popular platforms, this can add up to a minimum of 2 hours a day!
A Virtual Assistant can take on this workload on your behalf. Not only that, a Virtual Assistant with social media experience can help your social media profiles shine!
2. Your Email Inbox Is Fit To Burst.
You have more unread emails than you can bear to think of. You missed a client’s email last week and you are sick of spam emails. The number of emails that one person can receive in one day can become overwhelming. If your inbox overwhelms you and you don’t know where to start to organise it, it’s time to get a Virtual Assistant.
3. You Miss Out On Family Occasions.
A new or growing small business can demand a lot of your time and you can end up working in the evenings and weekends. This, in turn, detracts from spending time on the other parts of your life, including family time. If you find yourself missing out on children’s sports days or parents’ evenings, or forgetting your anniversary. It is time to get a Virtual Assistant.
4. You Spend More Time On Admin Than On Your Core Business.
Administrative work can take up a lot of time and distract you from core business activities that you should also be doing. As a small business owner, it is easy to find yourself getting swamped by a range of administrative work. A Virtual Assistant can take this admin work off your hands, freeing you up to focus on more important things.
5. You Have No Time For Those Big Projects.
Whether it is a result of excessive admin work taking up all your time, or being pulled left, right and centre whilst running your business. Those big projects just don’t get started.
A Virtual Assistant can run your project from start to finish. overseeing any implementation and managing required resources. You get to be kept in the loop and see the project progress, whilst you are focussing on running your business.
6. You Are Losing Your Drive And Excitement.
The excitement you feel about your business, as a small business owner. Keeps you motivated and helps you to continue pushing forward. However, excessive stress and workload can result in that excitement waning. Which can be detrimental to the progress of your company. By freeing up your time, helping with your workload and, therefore, reducing stress, a Virtual Assistant can help you regain your passion.
7. You Need Help In An Area Outside Of Your Expertise.
If you are taking on all roles within your business, you will sometimes find that you do not have the expertise or knowledge you need to complete a task. A Virtual Assistant can either have a wide range of experience within different parts of a business or specialises in a particular area.
This means that, by bringing in the right Virtual Assistant, you can utilise their expertise to help grow and develop your own business.
Running a business on your own can be daunting, overwhelming and all consuming. By instructing a Virtual Assistant, you can free up your time to focus on other things and utilise their expertise to improve your business.
Do You Need A Virtual Assistant?
OakHouse Professional provides a range of virtual assistant and admin support services, designed to help business owners to reclaim their time and grow their business. Check out the Services we provide on our Services page.