You are a solopreneur and you do it all. You eat, sleep, and breathe your business. It starts the minute you wake up, and even though you may be one that walks away from your desk at 6 pm, you still think about it until the minute you fall asleep at night. There are not enough hours in the day and you’re tired.
You need help. You’re not sure what you need, but you know you can’t keep going at this rate. So you call me and I tell you we can help. Because you’re a go-getter, a smart and savvy business owner, you realize this investment will drastically improve your business and ultimately your life. (See what I did there?) Now, here comes the big question:
How much support do you need?
I can make suggestions, but I’m not you. You may need just 2 hours a week or you may need 40 hours a week. Here are some things to consider:
- What’s on your To-Do list that needs to get done this week? Now how much of that are you dreading? How much time will you spend this week doing those tasks you dread? That’s how much I recommend you have your virtual assistant take care of. Make a note of that number and keep reading – there’s more.
- What don’t you do well? Is bookkeeping a nightmare for you? Blogging? Social media? Scheduling? What confuses/frustrates/angers you? (If you’re cursing at the thought of even doing a task, that’s a clue.) How much time do you spend on that? Write that down too.
- Is there anything you haven’t started because you don’t have the time? Think about how long that will take. Again, write it down. (By the way, if you had a virtual assistant, they could help you with the math here…)
- Remember last week when you were at your son’s soccer game working instead of cheering him on? How long was that? Count up all the hours in a week you’re missing out on things that you can’t get back. You guessed it…pencil to paper.
- Now get your calculator and add up those hours. You don’t have to be 100 percent sure; you just have to have an idea. Hours are adjustable to a certain extent and your virtual assistant will work with you. Generally, the more you build trust and rapport with your VA, the more you’ll find yourself able to delegate, and the more hours you’ll want to add anyway. Many clients have started at 20 hours and doubled or tripled that as their business and needs grew. This brings us to the next big question:
What if my estimation is off or my needs change?
You can always increase your hours temporarily if you have something going on, like a launch. So let’s say your time generally runs about 40 hours a month. If you need an extra 40 hours of support this month, that’s perfectly fine. One of the benefits of working with a VA team like this one is that even if your “regular” virtual assistant just doesn’t have time to give you the extra support, someone else on the team can step in and help in the meantime, and you can go back to the usual the following month. Win-win for everyone, right? Right.
Now, back to the list. Look at your final number. That’s the number of hours you will have free when you hire a virtual assistant (insert smile here). An assistant to onboard your clients, to field your phone calls, create content for your email blast, pay your bills, send invoices, manage your social media, update your website with new photos, fire your cleaning lady, and anything else you may need this week so you can enjoy your son’s soccer game, take off early for your anniversary, or spend some time building your business and bringing in new clients of your own.
Ready to get started? Excellent. Give me a call and let’s chat about how many hours of support you’ll need.
As always, thanks for reading.
Until next time,