How to outsource and hire a virtual assistant

As an entrepreneur, you’ve probably discovered that you can’t do it all … because when you do, you become overwhelmed, routine things fall through the cracks, and your business gets “stuck.”

So what do you do when your business is growing and you’re feeling overwhelmed (which is a common facet of entrepreneurship)?

You hire an administrative assistant. You outsource.

When I ask business owners what they’d most wish for, it’s help. Right?

But how do you know if it’s really time to hire help?

Here are some of the classic signs:

  • Your to-do list is kilometers long, packed full of TONS of money-making activities you could and should be doing … but you’re neglecting many of them
  • You feel like your attention is being pulled in a million different directions
    Routine tasks have started to slip through the cracks
  • You’re disorganized – wasting time looking for documents, emails, or proposals you didn’t have time to file properly
  • You’ve started working evenings and weekends, and you feel guilty about missing out on family time
  • The resentment is growing … you wonder why you’re putting in all this effort and it’s not paying off

Does any of this sound familiar?

These days, you have the opportunity to hire qualified help without the expense of hiring an employee. You can use websites like elance.com or assistyou.com to find virtual assistants who work as independent contractors (so you’re not hiring them as employees).

Now, if you’re like so many of the people I talk to, you’re wondering how you can afford to hire an assistant.

First, 3 big mindset shifts must occur:

  1. You must determine what you need to do to fund your new assistant. Maybe you need to take on 1 new client each month, or increase your rates across the board so you have money to pay for your assistant.
  2. You must learn to be okay with handing things over. You don’t have to do it all yourself!
  3. You must learn to recognize your assistant as an investment rather than a cost. Because once you have someone helping you with all the loose ends, you’ll have more time for money-making activities. More importantly, you’ll have more creative energy, which will generate new income.

So if you feel like things are breaking at the seams and it’s time to hire help, then get to it! Figure out where the money is going to come from, and do it. One of the biggest mistakes I see entrepreneurs make is putting off investing in an assistant until they’ve made the money to hire one.

It does not work like that.

If you wait until you have the money to hire an assistant, it’s not going to happen. The money is not going to magically appear in your bank account. So step up, make the decision, find a way to pay for it, and hire help.

I want to hear from you in the comments section below! Have you had an experience with hiring an assistant (or not hiring one)? Let me know what you think, and thanks for watching!

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