Have you been thinking about hiring a Virtual Assistant but the thought overwhelms you?
I hear it all the time when I’m speaking with a possible client. They know they need a VA but it’s too overwhelming for them. They don’t know where to start, what projects to outsource or how to even get a VA on board with them.
It can be overwhelming in the beginning. And depending on what projects you outsource there may be a learning curve involved. If you are handing over your email to a VA there will be some training that you will need to provide your VA.
I was hired by a client to take over her email. The first week we got on the phone every morning (I check her email twice a day – once in the morning and once in the afternoon) and she walked me through what to do with each email. I took notes for future reference. It was smooth sailing after that. She was comfortable in my ability to handle it from then on and I was confident in my ability to do it. Hiring me as her VA to take over her email saved her several hours a week. I do in 2-3 hours a week what she was doing in 2-3 hours a day!
If you don’t feel comfortable outsourcing something as large as email management in the beginning start with smaller projects. Make a list of the tasks that you do for your business – article marketing, press release submission, blog posting, website updating, keyword research, etc and narrow it down to the project(s) that you hate doing and outsource those.
A large number of my clients have hired me to handle their press release submissions and article submissions. I have also recently started doing blog posting for clients that just don’t have the time to keep up with their blogs.
It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Start small and work your way up. The idea behind outsourcing is to not only get off your plate the things you don’t like doing but to free up some time so you can work on incoming producing projects.
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