Signs You Need a Business Support Specialist
Think you can do it all by yourself and be a star entrepreneur?
Maybe you can, but on the other hand maybe you need some help… Here are some signs indicating a virtual assistant may be the answer you need:
1. You’re Surrounded by Piles of Paperwork
A cluttered work area is a sure sign you could use some help. A Virtual Assistant can assist you in organizing all of your files online, update contacts, help you prioritize your goals and ideas.
2. Your To Do list is Multiple Pages
Is completing your daily task list impossible? If your task list is so long that there is no way you are going to finish it and move on to your next set of goals, then you need a virtual assistant. Having a virtual assistant on call will allow you to delegate those non-income tasks that you either don’t want to do or that don’t seem like a priority although you know they are important.
3. What Social Media Schedule?
If your business doesn’t have some sort of social media plan or schedule, or if you do but are not implementing it, then get a virtual assistant.
4. Necessary Research Is Not Getting Done
Most businesses either need to research one thing or another for their personal businesses or for their clients and we all know how time consuming research is. Letting a virtual assistant conduct this research for you will improve your productivity output in your own business and also allow you to provide the information your clients need in a more timely manner.
5. Lucrative Leads are Passing You By
You are a savvy professional, networking every chance you get but you are not making the most of these contacts and you know it. Enlisting the services of a virtual assistant and informing them of the specifics of your lead qualifying process will allow you to nurture those potential leads and growing your business in the meantime.
6. Projects, Projects, Projects
Another sign you need a virtual assistant is that you are juggling multiple projects at once but are unable to complete any of them. Pass them along to a virtual assistant. Let them know the basics or in detail what you want the outcome to be and let them take it from there. If you are not sure how to direct your virtual assistant, send them your notes, or whatever work in progress and let them come up with a draft for your critique. Once they get something in front of you it will be much easier for you to request edits or changes.
7. Disaster Databases
Hire a virtual assistant to help you update, edit, add to or give your databases a complete overhaul.
What are some other ways you think you could use a virtual assistant in your business?
About the author: Catie McClure has over 10 years experience in the administrative services industry and is the founder of McClure Virtual Business Solutions – based in Massachusetts. She is the author of 2 blogs: My Virtual Assistant Blogspot which focuses on training and support for new and aspiring VAs as well as the McClure Solutions Blog which is a client-focused blog. You can also find Catie on Facebook.