With technology growing every day, you have many options to choose from when it comes to recruiting assistance for your business and/or personal life. Delegating to a responsible, reliable virtual professional is not “handing off your work” to another .. it’s responsible business management. If you are reading this asking, ”Do I need to hire a virtual assistant?” then chances are you do. Ask yourself these five simple questions and you will know for sure.
There are many people that would rather over-work themselves than delegate a task. Either it’s just easier, or they don’t trust someone else to do it right, or they feel like they’d just end up having to fix someone else’s work. That’s just an excuse. As a business owner, you can not do it all – and you shouldn’t even contemplate it. Delegation is an extremely important aspect of business leadership and should be used whenever possible.
You might wonder when is the right time to start delegating responsibilities. The answer might be immediately, for some solopreneurs. Just because your company is small enough to be handled by one person, doesn’t mean it needs to be. If you haven’t already started delegating, you need to.
If you’re in a leadership role, the concept of delegation won’t be new to you .. it’s an essential skill to have. What might be a little more challenging is delegating to a team that works for you remotely, like when you contract with a virtual assistant. Some businesses have whole teams working remotely, over several different time zones. Managing how people work on projects together can be challenging but well worth the effort. Here are some simple tips that can help you to effectively delegate to your remote virtual administrative team.
Many people believe that “delegating” is just a way of getting rid of work – that delegation is simply the selfish act of giving your work to other people, so you can have less of it. Au contraire! Delegation is about work productivity .. and that’s why a client chooses to partner with a virtual assistant. If you adjust your perspective, delegation is actually a way to gain personal productivity while helping others to develop new skill sets. You win and they win .. everybody wins!
Scope creep needs to be managed from the very start of a project occurs when someone decides they want to change something or take things in another direction. Daunting to prevent, but doing so will keep your costs, processes, and deadlines where they belong. Here are four tips to reduce or eliminate scope creep, whether for a seasoned project manager or a virtual assistant tackling a client project.
“I’m awesome! Who can do a better job than me?!” Where have I heard this before? Let’s get down to basics, if you are a small business owner, you can not do everything, nor should you. Because of your uncertainty that delegated work will be done to your standard, you cannot move on to new tasks. You’ll have to learn how to let go and to train your team to do your usual tasks. Don’t forget, your team includes your contractors, assistants (virtual, or otherwise), bookkeepers & accountants and anyone else you pay to help you stay productive.
Using a Virtual Assistant is an important step towards focusing on your core functions within your workplace. It is not an admission of defeat, nor is it a sign of weakness. This may be in the form of relieving you of non-essential tasks, or even allowing you to take a much needed break from work, even if it is only for a day or two. Naturally, you need to approach this correctly, putting a few measures in place, while also understanding how a virtual assistant can help.
Are you buckling under stress and a demanding workload? Are you constantly in a hurry and worried about not having enough time? Are you trying to do everything yourself?
You may think that doing everything yourself ensures that it is done on time, and done well, but you are mistaken. The truth is that by trying to do it all yourself you are not only burning yourself out, but you are also more likely to make mistakes, because of stress.