When you started out on your business venture, things were probably very exciting. You’re finally chasing your dream and things are looking up. But as the months pass and the business gets more and more demanding, you are likely to find yourself with less and less time to spend with your family. It may even be worse if you don’t have a family, as you could easily fall into the trap of working too hard and not having enough time to yourself, to relax, to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
It may not seem very real to you right now, but stress can kill, so you have to find a way to continue managing your business effectively without becoming too heavily burdened. And the solution found by many business owners is to hire a virtual assistant (or a team of virtual assistants, if necessary). The good news is that the virtual assistants of today have gone well beyond simple administrative tasks such as scheduling meetings and handling correspondence. There are now virtual assistants for practically everything from clerical to accounting to marketing to social media management.
Now, you may be at a loss as to how you can start letting go of some tasks and delegating to a virtual assistant. Here are a couple of tips:
1. Draw up a list of the things you do on a daily basis. It may be a good idea to make a list of the things you do for one whole week. Check the list and identify the tasks you don’t really have to personally take care of. Make a separate list for those tasks, prioritizing them from the most important to the least important or from what takes up most of your time to the ones that don’t really require much time. This should give you an idea as to which tasks to delegate first.
2. Make another list, this time of tasks that need to be done but which you always put off “for later.” Identify which of those tasks you don’t know how to do and those you don’t really have to personally take care of. Again, prioritize these tasks and start delegating.
It is important that you choose the top virtual assistant services for the tasks at hand. As mentioned earlier, today’s VAs have a wide range of skills and specializations. This assures you that whatever tasks you need to complete, there’ll be a suitable VA just waiting for you to contact him/her. When you start screening potential VAs, be as specific as possible about the things you want accomplished so you can be sure of finding one with the right skills set and personality for the job.
Pretty soon, you’ll be relieved to find that you’ve freed up a good amount of your time. Be sure not to waste those hours. Use them to come up with new ways to generate revenue or spend them with your family and friends. Having a good virtual assistant on your team is definitely an excellent way to say goodbye to stress.