Is It Time To Hire Some Help? How To Outsource and Hire a Virtual Assistant

Is It Time To Hire Some Help? How To Outsource and Hire a Virtual Assistant


Today, on Bernadette TV; “Is it time to hire
help?” Hello, and welcome to Bernadette TV, online TV to help you be the best you can
be in your business and your life. This week, we’re asking the question, “Is it time to
hire some help?” This week’s question comes from Rita, who writes, “Thanks so much for
all the great info that you share. You’re an inspiration.” Rita, you’re making me blush.
Rita says, “I’ve been putting your advice into action, and I’ve brought on new clients
and business, and my business is growing, but I’m starting to feel overwhelmed with
everything I need to get done. Recently, I’ve started working weekends, just to stay on
top of everything. But, I feel guilty about missing out on family time. I know I probably
need to hire an assistant, but don’t feel that my growing business can support that
kind of commitment yet. How do you know when it’s the right time to hire an assistant?”
Rita, first of all, congratulations on all you’ve achieved so far and let’s put this
question into perspective. Isn’t this a great problem to have? When you’re experiencing
growing pains like this, it means that you’re actually growing. So, the first thing to say
to you is that every person who’s started a business from scratch has gone through the
same stage. You are not alone and let’s face it, Rita, there’s only so much that one person
can get done in a day. I’m guessing if we were to look at your to-do list right now,
there’s a ton of things that you could be doing. Keeping up to date on social media,
reaching out to potential clients, finishing off a proposal, maybe reviewing a new part
of your website. The fact is, there’s tons that’s pulling your attention. That doesn’t
even include the real work you have to do: the money making, income generating activities
that require you to sit down and focus and get paid. It’s no wonder. When you ask most
business owners what they would most wish for, it’s help; but, here’s the problem, Rita.
If you try to do everything yourself, your business is just going to get stuck in the
same place. To grow your business, you must get some help. So, here are the signs that
it’s time to get some help. Routine tasks are starting to slip through the cracks, and
you know that it could affect your reputation. You’re wasting time, maybe looking for documents
or because you haven’t had time to keep things in order. Maybe you’re working weekends or
having to work late into the evenings just to stay up. Maybe you’re starting to find
that you’re getting ever so slightly resentful that you’re putting in all this effort, and
it feels like it’s not paying off. These are all signs that it’s time to hire some help.
So, once you know that you need to hire help, what can you do? Well, the good news, Rita,
is these days, there’s so much opportunity to hire qualified help without having to go
and pay for the expense of having an employee. When I started out, my first assistant was
a virtual assistant. She was actually based in America, even though I was working in Ireland.
I think I started out paying something like $300 for 10 hours of her time every month.
You can find qualified virtual assistants in places like Elance.com or AssistU.com.
Now, the next question you’re probably asking is; “How can I afford to do this?” Well, actually,
if your business is growing, and things are starting to slip through the cracks, the question
you really need to be asking is: How can you afford not to do it? A big mistake that I
see business owners make at moments like this is they put off investing in the assistant
until they’ve made the money to pay for the assistant. I can tell you right now. It does
not work like that. You have to think differently. You have to ask yourself, “OK. If I’m going
to invest in this assistant, what do I need to do in the business to fund the assistant?”
So, it may be that you need to go out and secure one new extra client every month to
cover the cost of paying for your assistant. Maybe you need to increase your prices across
the board, so that you have the funds to pay for an assistant. But whatever you do, don’t
wait, because the money, I’ll tell you right now, is not going to magically appear in your
bank account one day. You have to make the decision to step up and invest in your business
by hiring an assistant. Then, you will find that the time that that person frees up, but
more importantly, the mental space that gets freed up when you’re able to hand off some
of those routine tasks will automatically grow your business. I experienced this very
same thing; of course, I was nervous about investing in my first assistant. But, what
I found is, when I got things off my plate, it freed up my creative energy. I was coming
up with many more new ideas for opportunities and projects that made far more money than
the investment in that assistant. So, there’s a big mindset shift that has to happen here.
The first mindset shift is about being OK with handing things over; because particularly,
as women, we think we have to do it all ourselves. The second part is, then, recognizing that
your assistant is not a cost. It’s actually an investment, an investment in growing your
business. So, there you go, Rita, that’s my advice to you. Congratulations on all you’ve
done so far. I’m really cheering you on the next stage of your journey, as you step up
and into hiring your first assistant. I can’t wait to hear how it works out. So now, it’s
over to you. Where are you in the scheme of things? Can you relate to Rita’s situation?
Are you at that same point where things are starting to feel like they’re breaking at
the seams, and it’s time to hire help? Maybe you’ve been nervous about hiring help. You’ve
been asking yourself, “Where’s the money going to come from?” Or maybe you did step up and
hire help, and you have a story to share with us about the difference it made for you. Whatever
your situation, I would love to hear more. So, please come on over to Bernadettedoyle.com,
and leave your comments on my blog. I look forward to connecting with you there, and
also seeing you on the next episode of Bernadette TV. Today, on Bernadette TV: Is it time to
hire help? Today, on Bernadette TV “Is it time to hire help?” Simon and the boys

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