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5 questions to ask yourself to determine if you need a virtual assistant
Whenever you get to a point where you think you need some help online, you may turn to a virtual assistant (VA) to do the work, and the majority of us are looking for people to do small tasks in order to free up some of our own time. Most people don't really need a virtual assistant, but they decide to hire one to manage emails or support tickets, and it's not necessary because you likely have the time to do it yourself.
On the other hand, if you're making a ton of money and just want to manage a lot of VA's, then you can bring on a few to do your day to day tasks. Even if you have 10 VAs doing work for you, you'll likely need to still be involved in your business in order to push it in the right direction. A virtual assistant isn't an employee, they're people who do small tasks that you don't want to, which makes it easier and less stressful for you day to day.
Below are the 5 questions you need to ask yourself if you think you might need a virtual assistant.
How long do you work each day?
If you have a website up and running and you think you need a VA, you need to ask yourself how long you're working each day. If you're working less than 8 hours a day, you likely don't need a VA because you can do those jobs to fill in your daily routine. Now, if you have plenty of money and you don't want to work that long each day, you can always hire a VA but it will just be a waste of money in the long run. Don't be lazy, work a full day to make your business more successful, and hire a VA when there aren't enough hours in the day for you to complete all of your tasks.
How many projects would this VA handle?
If you have just one or two things for your VA to do each day, you probably can do them yourself if these tasks are only 30 minutes a piece. If you don't have a spare hour in your day, then you may need that VA to come on board to help you out, but you're likely able to do the work yourself.
If you're working full time and can't finish all of your tasks each day, you likely need to bring on a VA to do the small stuff so you can focus on the meat of your business. They will do the small things that are time-consuming while you focus on the things that actually make you money
Do you want to hire a VA so you don't have to work?
If you want to hire an assistant so you don't have to do the work yourself, you're likely not going to be very successful online. You can't build a business online through VAs alone, you need to be hands-on and build it up to a point where it's self-sufficient and just needs small things done each day. If you get to that point, you can bring on a few VAs to manage your emails, support tickets, etc. Don't be lazy, build your business, and bring on VAs later on when you start to plateau
How much do you plan on paying your VA each month?
If you think it will cost $3 a day, you're not going to be happy with the VAs you're paying, because they won't do nearly as much work as you hoped they would. A good VA overseas normally costs $450 to $750 per month on the low end and around $3,000 on the high end. If you can't afford to pay those amounts, you probably aren't successful enough to bring on a VA and you need to keep grinding to build your business more. The more successful you become, the easier it will be to let go of that amount of money to pay a VA to do small tasks.
Do you need multiple assistants to run your business?
If you don't know what you need to be done, you probably don't need a VA, which means you likely don't know how many VAs you need to run your business successfully. You need to remember that a VA isn't there to boost your business, they're there to do small things in order to let you focus on the money making objectives.
A VA is your assistant, they're not an employee, so you can't expect them to go above and beyond the call of duty. This means you might need to bring on a few to get your smaller tasks done. If you're paying them a decent amount, you will likely get 6 to 8 hours a day out of them, and that means you might only need 1 to do the work. Another thing to think about is the skills required to get the jobs done and understand that not everyone can perform them. You shouldn't be training a VA how to do a task, they should already know, which will increase your own productivity since you're not a teacher. Hire the right VAs and watch the productivity increase on both ends.
VAs are great if you hire the right ones to do specific jobs. Most assistants can monitor your emails and support tickets but not all of them know their way around your WordPress dashboard without training, and you need to remember that you're not a teacher. If you're just being lazy, you need to stop, because you're going to hit a wall sooner rather than later and you'll just blame the VAs for not doing their jobs. You need to remember they are only going to do small tasks in order to free up your time to focus on the bigger things. They are not employees, they are just there to help you out so you're not so overloaded, if they were employees you'd be paying them much more lol
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