When to Hire a Virtual Assistant
Investing in your business can be the best choice ever, but it can also still be intimidating. This is especially true when you’re thinking of hiring a virtual assistant. This person is going to be “in your stuff” and “doing things as if they were you,” so yeah, it’s a big step. However, hiring a virtual assistant can be the difference between making or breaking your growth.
So who can benefit from a virtual assistant? Is it only for big time bloggers and entrepreneurs?
You’re going to hate this answer, but honestly, it just depends. A good way to determine whether you need to be outsourcing some tasks and hiring a virtual assistant comes down to this: Are there tasks that take up a ton of your time and don’t make you any money? Are there tasks that you absolutely hate doing and wish you could just do the fun and essential stuff? Do you just need a business body double to get all your tasks done everyday? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a virtual assistant would be an incredible investment!
A virtual assistant is meant to perform tasks for you so you can stay organized, manage your time, and stay focused on the the tasks that bring in the most revenue for your business. Things like social media are great for your exposure and gaining leads, but spending a few hours a week pinning, liking hashtags, and scheduling content are hours that could be spent creating your next ebook, on a coaching call, or even just going to a cafe to meet up with your girlfriends. The point is, a virtual assistant is meant to help you free up time so you can focus on your most profitable tasks.
But I’m too small to be hiring someone to help.
Nonsense. Even if you are a lifestyle blogger that needs some help managing your monthly blog comments and finding sponsors to reach out to, you could definitely utilize a virtual assistant!
But there are so many Virtual Assistants out there. How do I know who is a good fit?
There are several virtual assistants with a lot of different skill sets. Are they explaining what they do on their sales page well? Do they have a package that fits what you need? Are they available to chat with you so you can feel comfortable hiring them and letting them into your business? Does your budget and their rates align? Needless to say, there is some research involved. But before you go Google “virtual assistant to help me pleeeeasse,” ask your business friends, post to Facebook groups, or even make a listing on your site saying that your are looking to hire someone. These are all ways to bring you good information to sift through so you are hiring the perfect virtual assistant.
So let’s say you found a virtual assistant, checked out her site, liked her free content (because if someone has good free content, their paid services should be good too), and are ready to email her to schedule a Skype meeting (I do initial Skype meetings, but you can also use email for this process). What kind of questions and key points are you going to look for to see if the virtual assistant is a good fit for you? Here are some questions to get you started:
- When did you start working as a virtual assistant?
- What areas do you have experience in? (ex. Social media management, business admin, etc.)
- What are some of your blogging / business successes?
- What is your five-year plan?
- What are you favorite tools to stay organized?
- What’s a stressful situation you had, and how did you handle it?
- What times of the day are you available?
- How will you make my business a priority?
One piece of advice: don’t be afraid if someone is totally new. If the virtual assistant answers all of your questions, gives ideas, shows expertise, and connects well with you, then she may still be a great fit even without formal experience. Maybe ask for a trial period so you can test out how you work together (this is great to do with any virtual assistant).
Knowing when and how to hire a virtual assistant will put you in control of your blog or business and how you want it to grow. It’s a bit of a process, but when done when correctly, you will love having a VA by your side.
What other questions do you have when it comes to hiring a virtual assistant? Are you ready to outsource some work?