Hiring a virtual assistant is a big step – but it’s an easy one, and one that you should take as soon as you realize you’re struggling. Here’s what you need to know.
How to Know if You Need a Virtual Assistant
If you’re like many people, you’ve said to yourself, “You know, I could really use a virtual assistant to help me out with this.” But inside, you’re not really sure whether you need outside help; you may even feel like you’re earning your stripes as you slog through everyday tasks you’d rather not do. That’s normal – in fact, that’s how a lot of business owners operate.
But why put yourself through all that if you don’t need to?
Check out these signs that it’s time to start working with a professional virtual assistant:
- You spend way too much time on administrative duties
- Your skills are being wasted
- You miss out on big opportunities because you’re too busy handling numerous small things
- You’re having a tough time with your work-life balance
Here’s a closer look at each – and if you identify with any of them, remember, we’re here.
Sign #1 It’s Time to Work With a Virtual Assistant: You Spend Too Much Time on Administrative Duties
Administrative tasks can really wear you down overtime. Data entry, bookkeeping and managing projects can quickly become overwhelming – and they can pull you away from doing what you love. They can even take the joy from owning your own business. A virtual assistant may be able to step in and help shoulder the burden.
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Sign #2 It’s Time to Work With a Virtual Assistant: Your Skills Are Being Wasted
If you spend more time handling minor tasks than you spend working on what made you successful in the first place, your skills are likely going to waste. That means to get back to basics, you may need a virtual assistant so you can refocus.
Sign #3 It’s Time to Work With a Virtual Assistant: You’re Missing Out on Big Opportunities
It’s tough to grow a business when you’re too busy working on tasks that someone else could handle. In fact, you may have already passed on great strides forward that your business could have made because you just didn’t have the bandwidth to take them on. situations like these are certainly learning experiences, and they’re also good wake-up calls to let you know it’s time to bring in some help.
Sign #4 It’s Time to Work With a Virtual Assistant: You Have Poor Work-Life Balance
When you started your company, you probably knew that you’d be working plenty of overtime – but you also probably believed that that would stop after each growth spurt. If it hasn’t, or if you’re still working when you should be spending time with your family or friends, you can’t sneak away for a short vacation or you can’t seem to justify taking more than a few hours off, you’re struggling with a poor work-life balance. Usually, bringing in a virtual assistant helps to address this problem… and enables you to get your life back.
31 Things a Virtual Assistant Can Do for You
First things first: A virtual assistant is a person you hire to help you get things done. Think of a virtual assistant like the human version of a Swiss Army knife; they have unique tools to help you tackle just about anything you need to handle. From coordinating changes with your website developer to scheduling social media posts and helping you plan an upcoming trip, your virtual assistant we’ll be there to make things simpler for you.
What does a virtual assistant do? In a nutshell, a virtual assistant can help you get your life back.
With that said, you may still have questions about the specifics. Bear in mind that not all virtual assistants have these capabilities – but WGSD does. Here are 31 things a virtual assistant can do for you:
- Data entry
- Writing and proofreading
- Minor bookkeeping, such as invoicing and accounts payable and receivable
- Email services and management
- Customer service through the phone and by email
- Calendar management, including scheduling and appointment setting
- Creation of a standard operating procedure for any aspect of your business
- Project management for you or your team
- Follow-ups, reviews and consults
- Social media management, including regular posts
- Social media engagement
- Internet research
- Event planning
- Travel planning, including booking
- Outsourcing important tasks, such as web design and search engine optimization
- Logo design
- Branding and mood boards
- Corporate branding tasks
- Custom social media covers
- Custom social media graphics
- Infographic layout and design
- Slide decks and other presentations
- Email design
- E-book layout and design
- Business card design
- Brochure layout and design
- Flyer layout and design
- Personal correspondence
- Gift shopping
- Dinner reservations
- Personal appointment setting
The main idea behind working with a virtual assistant is simple: It’s like having another “you” to handle all the minor tasks that pop up to prevent you from accomplishing your whole To-Do list – and that may be holding you back from your full potential.
Ready to Learn More About What a WGSD Virtual Assistant Does (and How We Can Make Your Life Easier)?
You don’t have to struggle through on your own – let’s talk for a few minutes and identify your problem areas, zero in on what you need help with, and get your life back. Schedule an appointment for a quick chat or fill out the form below. It really is that easy!