You know the feeling – you’ve spent all day working on your business. You’re drained, worn out, and your mind feels like that slime your kids are obsessed with. You absolutely love owning your own business, but at the moment, it has you feeling a bit frazzled and overwhelmed.
If this sounds like you, not to worry; you are not alone. Managing your own business can seem like a daunting challenge, and (if you’re like me) you also have a thousand ideas on how to grow it into the well-oiled machine of your dreams!
Is it even possible for your business to run seamlessly and also give you enough time in the day to focus on growth?
Enter the Virtual Assistant.
Whether you are just starting out with your business or you’ve been at it for a while, I’m sure that you’ve heard the term Virtual Assistant (VA) in Facebook groups and online forums. Virtual Assistants are skilled individuals who can help you with a variety of business tasks remotely.
For many solopreneurs, the thought of hiring a VA is a scary concept. Why would you want someone else deep in the throes of your business – your baby? What in the world could you have them do that would help you? How do you go about finding not just a VA, but a VA who clicks with you, who gets you and who would be passionate about your business?
Take a deep breath, and let’s work through it. I got you.
The term VA is used quite generally, but the skills that each VA offers can be as diverse as the individuals themselves. Here are a few things that a VA can help you with:
- Social Media
- Email Marketing
- Graphic Design
- Landing/Lead Page Design
- Facebook Ads
- Blog Post Writing
- Opt-In Creation
- Admin tasks
I know what you’re thinking, “But Crystal, that’s a lot of stuff! How do I know what to delegate?”
Let’s try this. Grab a pencil and some paper and take a second to think about your business. Write down the tasks that take up the most time in your day in one column. Is it social media? Writing blog posts? Then, in the second column, write down all of the things that you love to do. Corresponding with clients? Writing sales copy? Now, just for funsies, add a third column and write down all of the things that you would do to grow your business if you had the time and energy. Create a course? Expand your services?
Compare the first two columns and circle the things in the first column that you love to do. See those things without the circle? Those are things that you should consider outsourcing. They are taking up too much of your valuable time and blocking you from focusing on the things that you love to do.
See those things in the third column? Those are the things you should be devoting the most time and energy to. The things that make you happy. The things that enable your business to grow.
Still with me? Good!
The last piece of advice that I’d like to offer you is the most important: Find a VA who understands you and your business, whose personality compliments your own. The frosting to your cupcake. The glitter to your confetti. The sprinkles to your doughnut. The Drogon to your Dany. (If you get this last reference, email me! We have a lot to chat about!)
Once you find the right VA, you will feel that frazzled, overwhelmed feeling begin to fade. Over time, it will be replaced by feelings of excitement, determination, and a renewed sense of purpose that will -dare I say? – transform you from feeling frazzled to fabulous!
Hey, I’m Crystal! My husband, Justin and I started Studio 7 VA so that we could help entrepreneurs and solopreneurs grow their businesses and turn their dreams into reality. The foundation of Studio 7 is built on developing long-lasting relationships with our clients and to support them throughout every stage of their businesses.
When we aren’t working with our fabulous clients, you can find us at the dance studio supporting our daughter, at home catching up on the latest episode of Game of Thrones, or watching NBA basketball (Go Cavs!).