When Should You Get a Virtual Assistant?

by Candice Tate on July 10, 2022

I think that this is a big question for many small business owners. Sure, you can handle everything on your own... it's fine right? Sometimes it's not fine. So let's take a look at when it's time to get yourself a Virtual Assistant.

1) You Want More Time for Creativity.

This can apply to traditionally creative businesses, like selling art, but can also apply to the rest of the spectrum of other business types. While creativity can sometimes be confused with being artistic, creativity really happens everywhere, it just comes in different forms. If you're an accountant, creativity might service in finding a new way to use your software to make your life easier. If you're a freelancer, creativity might mean thinking about new content.

As your business grows, you may slowly find that your time gets filled with other tasks... and creativity falls by the wayside. While you're growing business is a great problem to have, you rely on your creativity as much as the other boring parts of your business.

That's a signal it's time for a VA!

A Virtual Assistant can take some of those regular business tasks off of your hands, and give you some room to breathe. Virtual Assistants have experience with many different aspects of a business, so if you can outsource something to them to free your time and mind, you will see a difference. Which brings us to our next point...

2) There's Important Things You Need to Do... But you Don't Wanna.

We've all been there haven't we? No job is perfect and being an entrepreneur is no exception. There's just some tasks that you need to do in your business that you don't want to do. (Mine is accounting! Bleck!)

Find it daunting to schedule a month's social posts? Is reconciling your books not your jam? All those customer emails bringing you down?

Thankfully, that's where a Virtual Assistant can be a huge help.

 Virtual Assistants have a variety of skills, from social media, digital marketing, email management, accounting, office management... you name it! If there's a skill you need for a business, chances are there's a VA out there that can help you.

Remember: being a business owner means being a leader, and being a leader means DELEGATING! Delegate the tasks that aren't your thing to your Virtual Assistant.

3) You Need Help... but Aren't Quite Ready for Full Time Staff

Your business is growing and everything is amazing! Again, this is a great problem to have. You've been thinking about it and you want some help, but you just aren't at the stage where hiring someone on for 20-40 hours per week is feasible.

This looks like a job for a Virtual Assistant!

Virtual Assistants are just as skilled as a full time employee, but the amount of hours they work for you can be adjusted to best meet your needs. Many VA's charge for packages with a certain amount of hours (like 10 or 25), hourly rates, or even charge based on the tasks they will complete.

Since these packages are based on very specific tasks, you only pay for what you need. As a business, you have less overhead. No need to have an office, since a VA works from their space with their own equipment. VA's are also already trained with the skills you want, so they will only need to be briefed on your business to get started. Easy peasy.

Are you wondering if it's time for you to get a Virtual Assistant for your business? If you're unsure, email me! I'm happy to help with any questions you may have.