Many business owners start out, working alone. Over the course of time, your business grows and you get to the stage where you can’t do it all alone anymore. You need help and you’re ready to take that next step. And for many, that will involve hiring a Virtual Assistant – but how do you know when it’s time to take that next step? How do you know if you’re ready to work with a Virtual Assistant and take your business to the next level of business success?

Hiring a Virtual Assistant is a big, but necessary, change

Change is essential for any business and starting to wonder about whether you need to hire a VA is a good sign of business growth and expansion. But it can also be a little overwhelming and unsettling too. You don’t want to take that step too early and invest before you can afford to, but you also don’t want to leave it too late and have it negatively impact on your business. Here are 5 common signs that will beautifully illustrate when you’re ready to step up to that next stage of business growth.

Sign #1: You’re working longer hours than you want to

All business owners will have an idea of how their ideal day will look. For many, that will invariably involve working fewer hours and days in their average week. If you’re finding your working time expanding rather than contracting, you need to accept that you’re no longer able to do everything yourself. It’s high time you hired some help, so you can claim back some of that time – and a Virtual Personal Assistant is a great choice. 

Sign #2: Your task list seems to be multiplying

A Virtual Assistant can bring a wide range of skills to your business. This makes them ideal for handling the different types of tasks on your task list. If you’re constantly feeling like you’re fighting fires and never completing all of the tasks on your list, it makes sense to hire someone who can handle a wide range of tasks. Check out this blog post about 30 tasks a Virtual Assistant can do in an hour to get some inspiration for the types of tasks you might want to consider delegating. 

Sign #3: You’re tired of doing tasks that don’t fit your skills

When you first start out in business, it’s understandable that you may need to do everything yourself. Funds may be tight and you like to learn from the ground up. But that doesn’t mean you should continue doing that, once your business has grown. Doing tasks that are outside of your skill range or lower than your pay grade, will only frustrate and annoy you. It’s far better to hire a Virtual Personal Assistant to do them for you  – so you can get back to focusing on those tasks that only you can do.

Sign #4: You’re making mistakes and standards are slipping

If you’re juggling everything yourself, it’s understandable that things are going to end up slipping through your fingers. You cannot be good at everything and trying to do so, could be negatively impacting your business. The first sign of this is when mistakes are being made and your results are not reaching your usual standards.

Sign #5: Your business is surviving, not thriving – it’s time to recruit a Virtual Assistant to help

Being good at what you do is great, but it can also have you hitting a level where you can’t fit in any more work and you end up turning jobs away. For some, that’s great, but for those who want to thrive and expand, it’s a sign you need to bring someone else on board. As mentioned earlier, juggling everything yourself can lead to you doing tasks that don’t suit your skills and this can stunt your growth, as you end up surviving at a certain level, rather than thriving and growing further.

Business growth is something all business owners want and working with a Virtual Assistant is a natural part of that. At first glance though, you may question how ready you are to take that step. However, simply reading the five steps above will beautifully illustrate that you’re more than ready to take that step and upscale your business to the next level of success.

Once you’ve acknowledged you’re ready to work with a Virtual Personal Assistant, it’s time for that next step – having a conversation. Why not give Paperweight PA a call and let’s talk about what you and your business need, to help it grow further. The initial consultation call is free and it’s a great opportunity to find out more about how it all works – so get in touch and take that next step!