When to Hire a VA (Part 1) – Overwhelm

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Have you decided that the addition of a Virtual Assistant to your business is the next step?

If you have, then you’ve made a really good choice. Not only are you going to free yourself up a lot more time to do the tasks that bring you income, but you are also going to give yourself a little headspace from the essential day to day that perhaps you don’t enjoy, or simply lack the skills to do.

When you start off in business, most entrepreneurs do everything. It’s a way to keep costs down, but also to gain experience and define your methods. However, at what point do you let go of those tasks and hand them over to someone else to take care of so that you can move onto the next part of your business development?

  • When you’re feeling overwhelmed
  • When you are spending too much time on the admin tasks and not those that make you income.
  • When you are doing tasks that you really dislike.
  • When you are doing tasks that someone else could do better.
  • When you are lacking a work/life balance.

In Part 1 of this blog post series (When to Hire a VA) I’ll be looking at the first issue of ‘overwhelm’.

Are you feeling overwhelmed?

When you decided to become an entrepreneur or business owner it was because you wanted your business to be something that you enjoyed, felt passionate about and I would imagine most important of all, have the freedom of freelancing life. But with starting a business and then running the business itself there is a point when overwhelm takes over. For example… Email… it can be a blessing but also a curse. It can be a distraction and it can also be a cause of anxiety. When your inbox is overflowing, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start and how to prioritise. Not to mention all those emails that you don’t even get to read as a result of email marketing.  This is just one tiny example of overwhelm, which could have a big impact. Wouldn’t it be nice to have all of your emails organised? To know exactly which inbox or folder to look at first? Everything filed away where it should be, ready for you to read when time permits. Also, wouldn’t it be an additional bonus if any emails requesting meetings could be dealt with on your behalf? Pair your email management with a bit of diary management help and you’ve already eliminated two tasks from your daily schedule. Do you think that would help to reduce the overwhelm?

Of course, this is just one example. You could be feeling overwhelmed in other areas too but identifying that you are feeling this way is the first step in acknowledging that you need a little help.

The second step is to talk to someone that can help you. You may already know of a Virtual Assistant that you can discuss your requirements with. Although you may not know what you require, because overwhelm isn’t allowing you to see the wood for the trees. If you don’t know who to turn to, then why not contact me for a friendly, informal chat to see how we can lighten your load together.

Remember why you started your business in the first place, and get back to the purpose, the thing that you love doing, not the fog of the day to day administration.

Which leads me nicely onto the topic for Part 2 of this series, which will follow in my upcoming post When to Hire a VA (Part 2) – Too much time doing non-income generating tasks.

Until then…

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay calm.

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