3 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Get You Unstuck as an Entrepreneur
Running a business is all about getting things done as efficiently as possible. For most entrepreneurs, finding ways to get more done, with limited resources can be a lofty challenge.
You’re likely short on two essential items that may threaten your progress: time and money.
You may also run into a restricted way of thinking and believe that you cannot afford to hire help or that you do not have the time to find and train someone to run your business.
Well, I’m here to tell you that you can find high quality help, and, in fact you need to bring an experienced virtual assistant on to your team to ensure that your business moves forward.
Getting “stuck” can happen often when you do not explore alternative ways of getting work done.
This is where a virtual assistant can be a key resource in helping you manage your day-to-day tasks and free up your time to invest in other more strategic portions of your business.
A virtual assistant can be your secret business productivity weapon and here’s how.
#1 Unstuck Principle — Get More Done, For Less Cost
Within any business there are a host of items that have to be completed every day.
Many entrepreneurs and small businesses avoid hiring staff as a way to reduce overhead costs.
Though on the surface, this practice may seem cost-effective, but on further inspection, it becomes clear that this approach is not practical.
When you overload yourself and your staff, burnout can set in and mistakes can accumulate quickly. By hiring a virtual assistant and leveraging their efficiency, you can seamlessly delegate tasks, increasing your overall productivity.
And, the best part is, virtual assistants are much more affordable than you may think. You can get a university graduate from the Philippines for $3 to $5 an hour because their minimum wage is just $1USD per hour. It’s part of their culture and OnlineJobs.ph is a site dedicated to helping you find VA’s in the Philippines with over 250,000 on the platform. A fellow entrepreneur friend of mind just landed an amazing VA with an MBA and a Pharmacy Degree in the Philippines for $4.50 an hour and he says it’s the most productive admin he’s ever had! She makes more as his VA then being a pharmacist in the Philippines. Check out Onlinejobs.ph when you get a chance.
Since they can complete their work online and do not have the added time and cost expense of commuting to an office, the hourly rate they charge is considerably lower than if you hired a full-time in-house employee.
By leveraging sites like Onlinejobs.ph or Fiverr, you can find highly qualified virtual assistants from all over the world who are willing and able to help you take your business to the next level — for a fraction of the cost.
#2 Unstuck Principle — Free Up Your Time to Focus on Business Strategy
It is very difficult to create and implement business strategies when you are overwhelmed and consumed with day-to-day, operational tasks.
By shifting these repetitive, but important tasks to a virtual assistant, you are now able to focus on activities and tasks that drive more value to your company.
As a business owner your goal is to be able to work on your business and not always be trapped with working in your business.
To achieve this, you have to find ways to delegate tasks to generate more time for you to concentrate on identifying new business opportunities and on growing your business.
You can have your business running around the clock
When I first ventured out to find a virtual assistant, I knew I wanted to create a system that would enable my business to be running around the clock — without me.
To do this, I started researching time zones and looking at English proficiency rates across the world. I honed in on the Philippines and within a week, I hired an amazing virtual assistant, with marketing experience, who was eager and ready to get started.
Because of the time difference, I can use this to my advantage so, at any given time, someone is working on my business progressing it forward. As I’m wrapping up my day, in the office, I send her a list of tasks that need to be completed.
And, as I’m spending time with my family, she’s goes to work, knocking out the operational things that need to get done. This way when I wake up the next day, everything is already finished and I am well positioned to start tackling more strategic tasks every day.
#3 Unstuck Principle — Avoid the Mindtrap
How often do you wish you had another set of eyes or another person to give you feedback about your business?
As a business owner, you know your company inside and out. And, you should — you started it, you run it, you’re an expert in your business.
Though this can be beneficial when it comes to creating strategizes to grow your business or reach your customers, it can also be an unexpected disadvantage.
You may be “too close” to your business to consider another perspective or, at times, see an opportunity.
The beauty of a virtual assistant is that they are still a bit of an outsider. Yes, they should have a good grasp of your business, but this is likely from an operational standpoint. They can be a great source of feedback, clarity and ideas as they can provide a fresh, new perspective.
If you feel like you are constantly stuck on brainstorming ways to grow your business or would benefit from having just a second set of eyes to look over your strategic approaches, then a virtual assistant can be a much-needed asset on your team.
My virtual assistant is a continual problem-solver. Because she is well-versed in the day-to-day aspects of my business, she also has a unique ability to see areas where we could work more efficiently.
By her identifying these bottlenecks, helps me to find better ways to leverage our time to get more done.
In today’s hyper-competitive landscape, successful business are experts in identifying ways to work smarter, not harder.
Hiring a virtual assistant is just one piece of how you can get more done everyday, without having to increase your work hours.
With a host of automation tools and freelancers available at your fingertips, you can easily free up your time to work on your business.
Getting these systems and teams in place must be done with care to ensure that you are using the right tools and finding the right people to support your business goals.
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