Do You Need a Virtual Assistant?
You own a small business and have a for a few years now. You’ve been content with your revenue, your client list, your workload, your daily routine. And you’ve been most content with the fact that you can do it all yourself.
You run the business; write the newsletter; pay the bills; run financial reports; manage the email, calendar, and phone; and even get thank you cards out to your clients.
But something has changed. You’re not content anymore. There’s an increasing itch inside you that makes you wonder what it would be like to take your business to the next level. You’ve pushed it off, but it just pops back up, itching more than previously.
You have finally reached the point where the only way to really scratch that itch is to do something to move to the next level.
Taking Your Business to the Next Level
As you think it through you realize that moving to the next level is going to take away what little time you have carved out as yours. You aren’t excited about that part. But the itch is getting itchier and you have to do something. So you start on the path to go to the next level.
You increase your networking; more meetings, more contacts, more work is your rationale. Increased networking means more business cards to put in the CRM and do something with. It means more one-to-ones to add to your already busy calendar. It means learning more about more people and referring them to other people. It means less time doing the things you’ve been doing because there are new things to do.
The result is you’ve spread yourself as thin as you possibly can. So, you can either clone yourself or hire an assistant.
While you may love to have another one of you running around, you realize the world may not be ready for that! Since cloning is out, it’s time to hire an assistant. You’ve already started researching, though, and it seems like a virtual assistant is a much better way to go. Is a virtual assistant a better option? Well, of course, it is! And hiring a virtual assistant is a much, much better option than burning yourself out.
So here are five reasons you should get a virtual assistant as soon as possible:
1. You are only as strong as your weakest skill set.
Doing something that is not your strength takes a lot of time and mental energy. It prevents you from excelling at your strengths. If bookkeeping is one of your weakest skill sets, trying to do your bookkeeping is slowing you down in other areas as well. Hire a bookkeeper who will do it right the first time in less time than you can. It will relieve your stress, increase your time available to do other things, and reduce your worry because you’ll know your books are in good hands!
2. Focus on your core business.
That time you gained with the bookkeeper can now be spent on your core business functions—the things only you can do. Now you will get somewhere with your business growth!
3. Quality service every time.
Virtual assistants know that when they make business owners look good they look good. If they don’t provide quality service, your business doesn’t grow, and you’ll replace them with someone else.
Virtual assistants strive to build long-term relationships with their clients and quality is very important to them. Quality support by a virtual assistant will help you, will help your business grow, and will help the virtual assistant by having a satisfied client.
Your virtual assistant has a business-owner-level interest in providing quality service because providing quality service is what will make or break her business.
4. Personalized customer support.
By having your virtual assistant handle everything only you can do, you have time to strengthen current business relationships and build new ones. By spending more time developing your customer relationships, you’re better able to understand who your customer is and what they need to make the business relationship with you one that sets the bar for their other business interactions. You are able to personalize your support to your customers. And personalized support will keep your customers coming back time after time after time.
5. Savvy business finances.
When you hire a virtual assistant, you do not pay for employee benefits. You don’t pay for sick days, vacation days, health insurance, or any other benefit. You don’t pay employee-related taxes. You don’t pay overhead such as office space, equipment, or supplies for an employee. You have no employee-related expenses because you don’t hire an employee. You have a written agreement with an Independent Freelancer, who is a 1099-Misc. They are their own employer.
Clone yourself or hire a virtual assistant—which one is your choice? We don’t clone, but we do provide virtual support. Contact the SVA team today!