Posted on August 2, 2016 by Kristine Clemen
Roughly 75 percent of all entrepreneurs hire an online assistant to help manage their business. The stress of returning emails, phone calls, and customer requests is enough to drive anyone to hire an assistant. The question is, what does a virtual assistant really offer you?
Instead of buying into the hype of certain myths that surround virtual assistants, check out a few truths about hiring one for your business.
Good Assistants Require Investment
Remember that you get what you pay for. If you’re shooting for a low cost solution, you can expect low-cost results. Experienced and talented assistants are available, if you’re willing to pay for them. Alternatively, any virtual assistant that charges an arm and a leg for their services doesn’t necessarily guarantee a positive result for you. Play your cards wisely.
There is SOME Work On Your Part
Some assembly is required when you hire an online assistant. You have to catch them up to speed with your business workings and expectations. They need to know more about your products and who your target market is. They need to know your processes and programs like the back of their hand. And you’re the one who has to show them. Be prepared to do some minor training when you hire an assistant.
Your Work Capacity Is Important
Some entrepreneurs and business owners over hire for their business. Instead of hiring for the work the need done today, they hire for the work they think they’ll need done ‘someday’.
Don’t be that business or entrepreneur. Instead, hire for the work you need done right now. There are countless ways to expand your workforce later on, so don’t be afraid to hire only one assistant when you’re first starting out. Save your investment for areas that are nonnegotiable. A good rule of thumb is to hire for the next six months.
An Assistant Can Improve Your Income
You may believe that any investment in an assistant is lost income. That’s not true. An experienced and skilled assistant can help you improve your income and brand awareness much more quickly than you can on your own.
Before you let others convince you that hiring an online assistant is a bad idea, absorb these truths and see how they can work for you.