This article aims to help you understand who Virtual Assistant’s are and why you need them.
You must have heard the name of Michael Hyatt, a New York Times best-selling author. But are you aware of the fact that he is a big advocate of using virtual assistants? The author himself confessed it on his blog.
What is your take on it? Should you hire a virtual assistant? Can a virtual assistant help you grow your business?
In today’s post, I’m going to share with you the top 5 reasons why you should hire a virtual assistant. After reading this post, let me assure it, you will know how a virtual assistant can help you save time and money.
Without further ado, let us discuss why you need a virtual assistant.
1. Social media is a necessary evil
How much time do you spend on social media?
43% businessmen spend 6 hours or more per week on social media. Needless to say, this is a significant amount of time.
As a startup owner, you should not be doing social media management yourself. Instead, you should delegate should media tasks to a virtual assistant.
A social media virtual assistant can complete a wide spectrum of tasks, which are but not limited to:
- Creating Facebook page and LinkedIn page for your business
- Updating profiles on different social media channels
- Engaging and growing your audience on different social channels
- Keeping an eye on your competitors
- Promoting your business on different social channels
By simply delegating social media management tasks to a virtual assistant, you can save around 6 hours or more per week.
2- PPT/SlideShare a time killer
Love them or hate them, business meetings are an integral part of running a startup. But none can deny the fact that meetings kill productivity.
Ray William has rightly pointed out on Psychology Today,
“Cancel 50 percent of your meetings and you’ll get more work done.”
Do you know why meetings are a productivity killer? You need to spend a big amount of time on preparing PPT/SlideShare presentation. Seriously, should you do it?
Hire a virtual assistant and assign him/her the task of PPT/SlideShare making. This will give you some free time that you can spend on high-value tasks.
3. Skill gap is a reality
Yes, my friend, skill gap is as real as it gets, as explained in an article on the Howard Business Review.
Can you tell me the best way to bridge the skill gap without hiring regular employees?
Virtual assistants are a good way to fill the skill gap in your organization. When you hire a virtual assistant, you have no legal obligation – you can fire them at your will when there is no work.
The same is not true for a regular employee. That’s why, my friend, a virtual assistant is a safe way to fill the skill gap and scale up business operations.
4. Time is money
Indeed, time is money. As a head of your business, you need to lead your team by examples. This means you should tackle high-value challenging tasks.
Petty tasks, such as making travel arrangement, sending eNewsletters to your prospects and customers, or sending meeting invites should not be on your plate.
Your time has a high value so you should spend it wisely.
Here is a simple example that will explain it more aptly.
Suppose your time has a value of $100 per hour. And you work 8 hours a day. In your daily routine, you spend around 2 hours on petty tasks that are not directly related to the ROI. If you hire a virtual assistant for $10 per hour for these non-core tasks, you will spend $20 daily. Considering your per hour charge, you will have a profit of $180 by just delegating non-core tasks to a virtual assistant.
5. You can’t be superhuman
Startup burnout is a reality. Even many people say that burnout is the perk of being an entrepreneur. But if you go into the detail of why entrepreneurs feel burnout, you will find that burnout is a consequence of feeling overwhelmed incessantly and regular disappointments. And this all happens when you try to do more than you can actually do.
You are not Superman. You have limits, and it is ok to stretch those limits off and on. But you should not constantly do it. Take a break, go for a family vacation, and delegate non-core tasks to a virtual assistant. Set practical goals and indulge only in those tasks that really need your attention.
Though it appears to be simple, being an entrepreneur is never easy. You are in the charge of everything. But the truth is you cannot handle everything with the same efficiency. So you should stop doing tasks that you can easily delegate to a virtual assistant. And spend your time and energy on tasks that are directly related to the ROI.
What about you? Have you ever hired a virtual assistant? Share your experience in the comment section. I’d love to hear about it.
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