As a small business owner, you likely want to spend as much time as possible on the tasks that generate sales. Unfortunately, there are many other takss that require your time but aren’t necessarily worth your energy.  Maybe a virtual assistant can help.

Faced with those tasks, many small business owners either spend their valuable time and energy on actions they hate or put them off until the last minute so often they don’t do them justive.

That is where a virtual assistants comes in. A virtual assistant can handle those pesky responsibilities that take you away from doing the things you love and drain you of your energy. And to be honest – those tasks are their jam so they often do them better, and quicker than you.

What is a virtual assistant?

There are many types of virtual assistants these days – some specialise in various fields, however in general they  can deal with your administrative tasks, but they does so remotely so they don’t have to be in your office. Virtual assistants can answer emails, do website updates, order supplies, manage your diary, plan meetings, make travel plans, and handle your social media, among other activities.

Most virtual assistants are freelance workers, so you can specify the services they provide you and specify how many hours they spend working for you per week. So you can control the workflow and the cost.

The virtual assistant industry has become more niched, so people who offer such services are often experts in certain areas, such as content creation, customer service, or social media. Some have experience in business administration and are highly experienced in managing the duties you need taken care of.

Why you need a virtual assistant

You might be too busy to take on some daily admin tasks that need to be done, but not yet in a position to hire a full-time administrative worker. Maybe you don’t have enough tasks to justify a full-time position or don’t have the cash flow to pay for a full-time employee.

A virtual assistant will work on the tasks you assign and spend only the time you need on those duties. It’s the middle ground between you doing everything and hiring someone full-time.

Not having to deal with those daily chores frees up your time and energy to focus on the tasks that you love doing, or that are vital to generating revenue for your business.

Let’s be honest, there is almost always something related to your small business that requires your immediate time and attention. Being able to delegate some of those things to someone else saves you stress and hassle.

Keep in mind, before you hire a virtual assistant, be clear on your budget and what tasks you want them to take on. It’s fine to revise the tasks once you get a better feel for the assistant and their abilities, but it’s good to have an idea of what you need and can afford before you get started. It’s also vital to know how much you can afford to spend and where the assistant’s help will be most useful.

“When you dreamed of running your own small business, you probably didn’t dream about all the time spent on mundane tasks that would suck the life out of you.”

You will reach a stage in your business, where you need to work out if you want to scale and grow, or continue working in the trenches.  A virtual assistant can provide an important second set of hands that can free up your time and energy, leaving you to do the things you dreamed about doing.