• Melanie Koerperich

Top 5 Reasons for Hiring a VA

When you run your own business, you get to make up the rules. This gives you a great sense of freedom until you begin to struggle with some decisions and realize that having no rules to fall back on can be tough. The rules for hiring a virtual assistant are non-existent. For every ten people who have a virtual assistant, there are ten different reasons they chose to hire one.


How do you know if you need a professional assistant? Here are some reasons for hiring a virtual assistant.


Unsure about a long commitment

If you are hiring for the first time, you might be concerned about your ability to commit to a new employee over the long term. If business growth tapers off or there is some unexpected downturn in your revenue, the ongoing expense of an employee could become overwhelming. One of the reasons to hire a VA is that you can hire them on a project basis and assigned hours from week to week. You can adjust the work schedule as you go.


Short on time

You have a busy life, with work and family, and now you have to plan your best friend’s baby shower. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. A professional assistant can handle vacation research, party planning, online shopping, or any other tasks that will free up enough time for you to breathe. A virtual assistant can take some of the stress out of your life while keeping you on schedule, allowing you time to breathe.


Wasting time on repetitive work

Spending a lot of time on mundane and repeatable tasks can kill the creativity of even the most motivated entrepreneur. When you first started out, you had to build your systems and processes for your business. But as your business grows, the administrative functions take up more and more of your day, leaving little time to service clients. Eliminating these added repetitive tasks can prevent burnout and is one of the main reasons to hire a VA. A virtual administrative assistant can increase your productivity by handling those repetitive functions while you get to the real creative parts of growing your business.


Ready to scale your business

All the literature about growing your business warns of scaling too fast. Without systems in place, a plan, and a budget, growth could crush you. There are enough cautionary tales out there to heed this warning, which one of the major reasons to hire a virtual assistant to your team.


Hiring a VA, however, can protect you against some of the growth factors that kill new businesses. A virtual assistant can jump in to help almost immediately when you need it and be scaled back when work is slow. Having extra hands you can afford, with the expertise you need, during this transition could be the difference between scaling quickly and growing too fast.


Not good at everything

No one is good at everything, but that’s okay. There are virtual assistants out there to handle the accounting, marketing, of data analysis that is not your area of expertise. You need a professional assistant to supplement your talents with skills in essential areas. A good leader knows what to delegate to improve the outcome.


Virtual assistants work in almost every industry or type of business you can think of. Photographers hire them to book appointments; writers hire them to promote their work on social media; realtors hire them to coordinate documents for closings. Most people engage virtual assistants because they do not have time to do everything themselves. Some hire VAs to coordinate special projects in their professional or personal lives. There are many reasons to hire a virtual assistant, but it is hard to think of a reason not to.


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