If you’re an entrepreneur like me, how many times this week and you done something you shouldn’t be doing?
I’m not talking about something naughty. I’m talking about a menial task, or a something outside your skill set. But you did that task anyway, because it needed to be done and you don’t have anyone else to do it.
It happens every day for solopreneurs and small entrepreneurs. Sending out an invoice, posting to your social media, or designing a banner ad are all worthwhile, necessary pursuits for your business. But what if those tasks take away time and mental energy from what is the best use of your time? How much is that costing you in stress and money?
You may have heard about “virtual assistants” or VA’s. The concept of outsourcing work has been featured in the Huffington Post and Forbes. Tony Robbins said, “I don’t do anything that someone else can do better, and I don’t do anything that isn’t the highest and best use of my time.”
As someone who has used a VA for over 2 years now, I can personally tell you it will change your life as an entrepreneur. So why don’t more people take advantage of this incredible opportunity to sharpen your focus, reduce your stress, and build your business more effectively?
They don’t know where to look
Hiring an assistant can be intimidating, especially when you are hiring someone who lives in a separate location. Whether that assistant lives in the U.S. or in another country, the thought of trying to communicate and collaborate with a remote assistant can seem daunting.
Working with an VA doesn’t have to be that hard. There are many sources of finding a qualified assistant you can trust. You can find someone to work on a project basis at sites like Upwork or Fiverr. You can also use an agency like My Virtual Team that locates, hires, and trains qualified virtual assistants for you, reducing the risk of your decision.
They don’t know who to trust
How do you know a VA will actually do the work you’re paying them to perform? How do you know they won’t cheat you on hours? How do you know they won’t flake out on you halfway through a project?
All good questions, and one of the main reasons more entrepreneurs don’t hire a VA. But again, the best defense against getting scammed is to work with a reputable agency to help you identify and hire your VA.
They’re afraid to let go
Entrepreneurs find it hard to let go. You have built your company from the ground up, and it’s your baby. It’s difficult to loosen your grip and trust others to take over some of the tasks you’ve been handling yourself.
But if you don’t let go, you’ll find yourself in a cycle of unmet expectations. Your company can’t grow as long as you’re trying to do everything. Show me an entrepreneur who is not willing to delegate and I’ll show you an entrepreneur whose business is not growing or profiting to it’s potential.
Being a perfectionist can make you feel like you’re still in control, but it piles stress on you that is unnecessary.
They don’t know how they’d use one
This is the number one objection I hear from those who are considering hiring a VA. Often we are so used to doing everything ourselves, we just can’t conceive of how we’d use an assistant.
Think of everything you do that is not directly related to the main focus of your business. You have an expertise, and you have built your business around that skill or product. Anything that takes you away from selling and supporting that product or service is costing you money.
Think of all the tasks you could automate with an assistant. Creating reports, researching prospects or competition, posting to social media, managing your calendar or email are just a small portion of the tasks that can be handled by a qualified VA.
Here’s the deal: Like it is with most things in life, you really don’t comprehend it fully until you actually try it. That’s why we’re offering your first project for free at MyVirtualTeam.net. Many entrepreneurs are having us put together a spreadsheet of prospective clients or marketing contacts. Maybe you need a banner ad designed.
Whatever the need, try the free project and see how you can put the power of a team to work for you at MyVirtualTeam.net.