Most small business owners go it alone—for a while. You probably spent (or are still spending) all of your free time, money, and energy working because you haven’t felt you could afford an employee. If you’re finding yourself burned out, it’s time to partner with a virtual assistant!
Virtual assistants can actually save you time and money, making it possible to grow a successful business without neglecting your personal life. In previous blog posts, we’ve discussed the big reasons why you need a virtual assistant. Also, how partnering with one can strengthen your foundation. And don’t forget how a VA can help you focus on the big picture. This week’s blog outlines 3 hidden benefits of partnering with a VA that you may not have considered.
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1. More Family Time
Many devoted small business owners have sacrificed important family events because of deadlines and endless task lists. Most entrepreneurs work well over 40 hours per week—there’s been speculation that small business owners in America log 60-70. While the work DOES need to get done, the cost of devoting this much time to your work can be enormous. Partnering with a virtual assistant allows you have more hours in your week to devote to your family. Plus, many VAs are so experienced and efficient that they’ll get work done in half the time you would, saving you time and money!
2. Stress-Free Vacations
Vacation simply isn’t vacation if you’re working, period! You work very, very hard and deserve to turn of your phone and ignore your email on vacation. But let’s face it: if you’re the only one working for your business, you simply won’t be able to. If you haven’t had a day off in months—or years—give yourself a break by partnering with a VA, even if it’s just for a few weeks during your vacation so that you can truly rest and enjoy yourself. Besides, what’s the point of paying for a vacation that you’re just working through?
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3. Room for Self-Care
When you’re the boss, there’s no one to take your place if you get sick, have to schedule an appointment at the dentist, or if you need to take a “personal day”. Despite the glamorous idea of working for yourself, allowing for a super flexible, open schedule, many entrepreneurs find that they’re putting in far more than 40 hours per week and working through things like illnesses and family emergencies—until they get help, that is! Even if your virtual assistant only works for you a few hours a week, she can serve as a second set of eyes and hands to get work done when you need a sick day or massage. Additionally, partnering with a virtual assistant will give your schedule more of that open, flexible feel that likely helped attract you to entrepreneurship in the first place. (Tip: make sure your business has a procedure manual in place so that your VA can pick up a task last minute if necessary!)
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