At Emerald Virtual Assistance, we pride ourselves on giving our clients a service we affectionately call “chaos management.” What is chaos management, you might ask? It is exactly as it sounds; we manage your chaos. How often have you felt as if you’re sinking in quicksand while juggling a thousand things in the air? Believe it or not, hiring a virtual assistant is probably the best thing you can do to allow yourself to breathe easy again. If you’re overwhelmed, overworked, and overtired, never fear, we have good news for you!
The first step to figuring out if a VA is best for you is to write down everything you do throughout the day, the week, or the month. What can you delegate? Once you have a good idea of what you’ll be able to hand off to a VA, schedule a consultation and find out if the things on your list are things a VA can do for you. It could be that as you’re making your list, you’ll find you need more support in tech than you do managing your calendar, so you’ll want to make sure the VA you consider is able to mesh well with your business needs.
Cheaper Isn’t Always Better
Sure, you can find a VA on the cheap. Perhaps domestic, perhaps overseas, but one thing is for sure. If you go cheap, you will not get quality. Do not be the one who has to learn a hard lesson. Not only will your work suffer, but you’ll actually waste your money trying to find a good VA for a cheap price. Before you know it, you’ll have gone through two or three VA’s and come to believe virtual assistance is not a viable option for you, when in reality, if you had spent a little more out the gate, you could have had a stellar experience. You get what you pay for, and that works for VA’s too. Look at hiring a VA as a business investment, not as a way to get cheap labor. If you approach virtual assistance from this vantagepoint, your business will flourish rather than suffer in the long run.
Have an Honest Conversation
Have an honest conversation with yourself. Can you take your hands off your workload and allow (or trust!) someone else to step in and do it for you? Can you take the time needed to train your new VA to handle what you need in the way you need it? Is it possible to be available for your VA should they have any questions or need any assistance? The most critical time with your VA is within the first eight weeks when they’re learning the ropes and getting the hang of how to do things. Are you able to give guidance when needed? If you can answer yes to any of the above questions, you’re likely ready to hire a VA.
Let’s make 2023 the year you get organized. Say no to one more year of manic panic and give yourself much-needed peace and rest. Let EVA take the reins by taking chaos management out of your hands.