In the past few weeks, I have had three people specifically ask me whether or not they should hire help for their business. Two were fellow bloggers in the personal finance niche, and one was a client that I recently had a meeting with.
All three of them had one main problem with hiring help – they didn’t want to lose control and for things to possibly go down hill.
I completely understand what they are saying. Even though I work for others and assist many others with their business projects, it can be very hard for me to let go and have others help me in my business as well.
I do have virtual assistants and those who help me though. Without them, I don’t know how I would do it all.
Here are some cases where you probably need a virtual assistant.
You don’t have time.
If you are finding yourself not having enough time to do things, then you may want to hire some work out. If you don’t want to hire out important tasks, that is fine!
There are probably many smaller things that you can find someone to do. A virtual assistant can save you a good amount of time.
You are stressed.
If there are certain things that you know you aren’t the greatest at and this is causing you stress, then you may want to hire someone to do the work for you.
An example would be if you are horrible at SEO and you are a website owner. You may want to hire someone to edit all your posts so that you don’t have to worry about it.
Your quality of work is being lowered.
If you find that you are lacking time and you don’t really know what you are doing, then I am going to assume that your quality of work will be lowered.
This is NOT GOOD.
If you need help, then you need it. If you think that you can honestly run your business and grow it forever at the same time, then you are probably sadly mistaken. A growing business will almost always require additional workers. Assuming that you can do everything yourself forever is not realistic.
You could focus on something else.
A big benefit of hiring someone to help you out is that you can then shift most of your focus towards things that you need to work on that will show bigger results.
If you find yourself not being able to work on what you want to work on, and instead are working on many smaller things instead that don’t matter as much, then you probably will want to hire a virtual assistant.
Are you thinking about hiring an assistant? Why or why not?
I’m not looking to hire one, but I’d be interested in learning more about being one. I love helping people focus on the big picture. I think in this case if hiring a VA helps you focus on the bigger things and saves your energy for that, I think it’s definitely helpful!
You should become one! 🙂
If my blog grows I could see hiring some help, but I don’t know how I would manage it. Like you say, I would fear losing the “voice” of my blog. I haven’t even allowed guest posts yet, for that same reason.
Yeah, I wouldn’t want to lose my voice either.
I don’t make money from blogging so I wouldn’t hire a virtual assistant…but I’m trying to become one!
Good luck Kasey! 🙂
I don’t see myself hiring one any time soon. That said, I am a virtual assistant and I enjoy the work. It balances out my writing. Like, I can’t write if I’m not inspired, but I can work on my V.A. tasks 🙂
I’m the same way! It’s a nice balance.
If anyone wants to hire a VA, come find me! I’m cheap! 🙂
I’ve VA-ed a few times and would love to do more of it. Someday I hope to hire my own!
Good luck Stefanie!
I have hired two myself and both times been burned by them. I’d assigned simple tasks and the job would never get done or I would always get back sub-quality work. Several times I would have to correct the work I was paying for.
I’m working on a deal with my brother now as a quid pro quo kind of set up where he works as my VA for 10 hours and I’ll shave $50 bucks off his monthly rent.
We won’t start doing this until the beginning of January so I’m not sure if this will work or not but if it does it would save me SO MUCH time doing stuff I needed done but couldn’t fit in.
Where did you find these VAs? That is sad!
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Well, I’d love to hire some VAs in future too. However, one thing that always confused and scared me is what rates should I be paying and most importantly, how or where would I go finding quality VAs?
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