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5 Unmistakable Signs You Need a Virtual Assistant

Written by: Sandra Lewis

Everyone knows that working for yourself or running your own business can take a considerable amount of time – far more than the standard 9 to 5, for instance – but there are a few tell-tale signs that you might be ready to hire a virtual assistant to help lighten the workload. Do you tick one or more of these boxes?

1.    Your workday pushes 9 hours+

Work-overload is bad news – for all facets of your business, health and relationships! In order to achieve a healthy balance, delegation is critical. A Virtual Assistant’s role can be specifically designed to meet your individual work needs. e.g. bill maintenance, word-processing, marketing tools, making travel arrangements and so forth. Work with your virtual assistant and start to claim back your evenings and nights.

2.    What’s a weekend?!

Weekends should be used to recharge your mental, emotional and physical batteries. That is, investing in yourself, and doing all those things that make you you, so that by the time Monday morning rolls around, you’re raring to go with a brain bursting with ideas and a body full of energy!

If you work a 7-day week, you’re more likely to burn out quickly, leaving your business in a precarious position. Avoid this by delegating your workload and working with your virtual assistant; soon you’ll be able to cut back your work week to a 6- or even 5-day work week.

3.    All admin’d out?

Admin, though an undeniably critical component of running an efficient business, can be one of the most frustrating and time-consuming tasks! Optimise your brain- and time-usage by keeping them clear of cluttering admin by assigning your administrative tasks to your VA.

Your VA will work with efficient processes and programs to ensure that your admin is done quickly and effectively, and is regularly updated and maintained.

 4.     Spend a lot of time travelling?

Thanks to the all the channels of virtual communication at your disposal (mobile phones, Skype and digital communication), your VA is always just a time-saving virtual-communication away. So even if you’re poorly at home, commuting long distances or travelling abroad, what would once have been guiltily squandered time, can be efficiently utilized by clever delegation to your VA.

5.    Your business works across multiple time-zones

If your business operates in multiple time zones and your life has had to adjust to your customers’ schedules, it’s time to reach out and hire a virtual assistant. When you switch off, your VA switches on – and your business keeps on running. Let your business work for you, rest assured that your business is wide awake and functional even when you’re sleeping.

Updated on April 13th, 2016

About the author: Sandra Lewis is the Founder and CEO of Boldly. She's passionate about helping founders move their business forward with the right skills and resources. Setting an example of the efficiencies gained working virtually, she manages her entire team on a virtual basis.