“People who need help sometimes look a lot like people who don’t need help.”
To the outside world, and maybe even to your friends and family, you may look like a put-together business owner who’s on the rise. But internally, too many small business owners struggle with very real concerns about their business:
“I’m losing my passion for it.”
“I’m having nightmares about my business failing.” (Nearly a quarter of small business owners experience this!)
“The things I used to love about my business, I don’t love as much anymore. I spend so much time doing the stuff I hate that I don’t even want to do the business of my business!”
When the passion for your business starts to fade, and thoughts of it invade your sleep, consider it a huge red flag that you are doing way too much.
So how do you know when to stick it out, and when to call in help? With 2018 right around the corner, here are a few questions to ask yourself as you make plans for your business.
- Am I tinkering in all facets of my business instead of focusing on the tasks that let my real talent and skills shine?
- Am I worked to the bone, constantly putting out fires instead of being able to plan long term and tend to the nuts and bolts of my business?
- Do I feel like there is never enough time in the day?
- Am I recycling the same to-do list, day after day, without ever making real progress on it?
- Am I fearful of giving up control of any aspect of my business?
- Do I struggle with finding time to do the tasks that will actually make money?
- Is my work suffering? Am I unable to complete basic tasks that would increase customer satisfaction? Or, even worse, am I getting complaints from customers about the quality of my product or service?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to consider getting yourself some help. You may feel like your business isn’t booming enough to hire someone, but if you are in survival mode you only have two options: 1. Get yourself some help to get out, or 2. Face the idea that you may not survive (and we know you don’t even want to consider that).
Now, it may be true that you aren’t to the point of hiring full-time help. That’s where a Virtual Assistant can be a vital next step in growing your business. A VA can do tasks that either generate money, or that free you up to generate more money—and sometimes both.
Think about it– if you aren’t glued to the phone returning calls, working into the wee hours to answer emails, or constantly trying to be clever on social media, the money will roll in faster–because you’ll actually be able to do what you were meant to be doing.
With a VA, you get to enjoy all the perks of while avoiding the complicated hiring process, the full-time salary, and the commitment to a person who might not be the right fit.
Here’s how a VA may be able to help you.
The right VA could:
- Market your product or service (social media content creation, graphics, manage social accounts)
- Support the product or service (customer support, help desk, answer phones, etc.)
- Provide logistics support (calendar management, travel arrangements, event planning)
- Do bookkeeping work (payroll services, accounts payable, accounts receivable, etc.)
Poof-your time is freed up, and you can get back to your passion.
Cc: My Admin VAs are already helping business owners everywhere. Free up your precious time and get back to doing the parts of your business that you love.