When I tell people that I’m a virtual assistant, I almost always get a reply of, “oh, I need you!” That is a great feeling – to be needed. And that is a wonderful way to start a conversation about the “needs”.
So when does a business owner really need a virtual assistant? My answer is usually the same … it’s all about time. When you find you are spending time doing administrative work but could be doing something else. What is that something else?
- It could be more time to connect with your clients or prospective clients to generate a larger revenue.
- It could be more valuable time with your family.
- It could be more time to investigate a new venture or create a strategic plan for growth.
- It could be that the administrative work has grown to a larger time commitment due to increased business.
It’s really different for everyone. It’s all about return on investment. What is the “time” worth to you and what are you willing to pay to get that time back?
Often letting go of a few small things is the best way to start. It can lead to greater growth and prosperity as well as peace of mind. Give up the monotonous tasks and you find a new level of love for what you do!
If you think you’re in need of more time, think of what tasks keep you from it and let’s chat!
Is it more important to do everything “in house” or outsource it in order to get it done? We often feel that we want to do everything ourselves for many reasons – it gets done the way we want, we don’t want to give in and admit that we don’t have the time or that someone else can do it as well, or we don’t want to spend the money. All are very valid. It’s a tough decision to outsource and there are a number of things to think about:
- Who can do the work they way I’d like to see it done?
- What is my budget – what can I honestly afford?
- Is there something else I can outsource in order to get this one project done myself?
What it really comes down to is getting the task done. Weigh options of in or out – and make the decision that works best for you to get the job completed.
As I sat out on our boat watching my husband guide us through the beautiful Callander Bay, I focused on the ripples of the water as he made slight movements of the tiller. I could barely see his hand move as a spectacular glistening effect occurred behind us. It made me think about how sometimes a small change in our lives can create a beautiful pattern that we might not even see. We often look forward and keep trying to create or struggle through big changes that we forget to look back and see how small changes have made an impact in our lives, or better yet, the lives of others.