If you’re like most solopreneurs or bloggers, you’ve always thought that you have to go it alone. (Hence the “solo” in solopreneur.)
And this even if though you haven’t taken a vacation in months, you always feel behind in your work, and you can’t remember the last time you slept a full night. And while, yes, most entrepreneurs begin by bootstrapping everything and doing it all alone, the thing is, you don’t have to.
That’s why I want to talk to you about starting to grow your team. The first place you should start? With a virtual assistant.
What is a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant is someone that you hire to take the day-to-day, tedious tasks off of your plate. They can be in another city, state, or country. Or, they can be someone who comes into your office or you hang out with at a coworking space once a week. It’s really up to you whether your VA is virtual or not. Most of my clients are remote, but there are a couple that I have met with in person because we lived in the same city and it made more sense to meet up at a coffee shop instead of doing Skype calls.
The most important thing is that they are taking over tasks that your business needs done to run smoothly, but either you hate doing or that take up way too much of your time.
As a VA, some of the things that I do for my clients (which you can delegate from your own business!) include: data entry, email inbox maintenance, scheduling posts across all platforms, research, and migrations from one platform to another (i.e. migrating someone from MailChimp to ConvertKit for email marketing).
How can hiring a virtual assistant benefit your business?
Because delegating out things that eat up your time and energy, that you don’t enjoy doing and that keep you in the cycle of going from tedious task to tedious task is what will allow you to start feeling on top of things again. Growing your team means that you can hand off the nitty-gritty work to focus on the bigger picture.
You can start dreaming and planning on a bigger scale.
And don’t you want to feel supported instead of panicked and struggling? Wouldn’t you rather know that you have someone who is 150% invested in helping your business to be the best it can be, in helping you be the best you can be?
How do you know when you’re ready to hire a virtual assistant?
The point at which you’ll be ready to hire is different for everyone — which is part of what makes it such a hard decision.
I highly recommend hiring a VA before you think you’re ready to.
The reason for that is most people (myself included!) wait until they’re at the breaking point to start delegating and to bring on help in their business. The reason this is a bad idea? Your overwhelm when you bring someone else in will just make them overwhelmed and usually leads to a rocky working relationship.
So if you’re ready to grow your business, and you think that you might be ready, I would highly recommend starting to look for a VA . It will be much easier on both of you if you bring someone in when things are a little quieter so that everything goes smoothly when you hit your busier periods.
Here are a few things I would ask before making the ultimate decision to hire:
- Are you ready to grow your business faster than you have been up to this point?
- Can you afford to pay someone every month?
- Do you have definite tasks that you are ready to start delegating, or would like to?
If you answered yes to all of those questions, then you are ready to start the journey of hiring a VA!