Meet Abigale Davis, a small home business owner from Florida. Abigale opened her home-based PR business five years ago after she left her 9-5 employment. It was her dream to be her own boss. The past few years have been tough, but she loves her clients, and has built up a very reputable business. “I love it, but as my clients have referred me, the business has grown. I am feeling the pressure − which is why I have opted to hire my first virtual assistant.”
Hiring a virtual assistant gave Abigale the relief she needed without adding another person to the small office space. “I wanted someone to answer my emails and my phone,” Davis says. “Although there is an answering service, it is very impersonal. Also, the plan was to teach somebody about my business so they could assist with screening my calls, and in doing this, help me to find great opportunities.”
Sensibly, Davis contacted Aristo Sourcing. After a detailed information-gathering process, Abigale was ready to hire a virtual assistant for her home business. “My assistant answers my phone, helps me to schedule meetings, and helps to safeguard me from myself,” Davis says. “I have a bad habit of not being able to say ‘no’ to clients. Then I spread myself too thinly, and in most cases I tend to waste my time with opportunities that will lead to nothing.” The first virtual assistant Davis hired was a part-time personal assistant, who soon took on a full-time role. “The money I am spending is well-spent on someone to help me. This has allowed me to focus on my key clients − they have noted this detail, which has led to my business growing by leaps and bounds.”
For those who have started a home business, when it comes to up-scaling, you may not want to expand physically. Yet, you want to focus on strategic planning instead of spending hours doing admin tasks. Therefore you need to think creatively.
The problem is that many solo entrepreneurs are fearful that their business will not succeed, and that they will ultimately have to attend to everything personally. The dream they first loved becomes a nightmare when burnout looms large. Most clients who have onboarded a virtual assistant wish that they had taken this step earlier. They may initially have failed to break through the barrier of unfamiliarity with virtual assistance, or with the rewards of hiring a virtual assistant. Also, to justify the costs of hiring someone is difficult for some. However, no one is superhuman − one can only work to capacity every day. Experts have confirmed that a virtual assistant is therefore a wise investment. A virtual assistant is your most treasured resource – giving you the time to accomplish your various tasks, time for yourself, and time to spend with your family. Yet, to manage your time better, you need to decide on the tasks your virtual assistant must cover. Making a list can help you see what can be delegated to someone else, someone who do the same work you would have, but at a lower cost.
In most cases, the tasks will be administrative; however, this will also depend on your business type. For instance, some admin tasks can include bookkeeping, or arranging to ship if you have an eCommerce business. These are the jobs that you can let go of, as they are less central tasks. This would afford you more time for yourself. You can then focus on your core-critical work; so that you can reap the benefits of the skills of others to help you.
What is at the top of many people’s business minds is the savings. When you hire a virtual assistant, the cost per hour is lower over the long run. For many, however, cost saving is not sufficient reason to switch. Some business owners struggle with control issues.
“I had to learn to let go,” Davis says. “I knew that I was the problem, and when I came to the point when I was ready, I had regrets that I did not see this earlier.” You need to trust the process − to grab that ball and run with it. You need to learn how to build trust – trust between you and your VA. Trust will help your VA and the virtual assistance service. Once you have reorganised your thinking, you will notice the support you have around you. If you are looking for new opportunities – if you want to grow and reap the benefits − then contact us. We are here to support you.
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