Your growing business requires you to find someone else to join the team and help you with the action items and tasks you don’t have time for. But you realize the more and more you look to hire a virtual assistant, the less you want to bring someone into your business. Whether you’re struggling with worrying about doing everything yourself or that you don’t have the time to train them, it’s something you know you need to do but feel afraid to.
We have a secret for you—you’re not alone. Many small business owners or entrepreneurs whose businesses have grown beyond their ability to do it all struggle with the fear of hiring a virtual assistant. Today, we wanted to discuss steps you can take to overcome the fear of hiring a virtual assistant for your growing business.
There are many fears that show up with new business owners during the interview process for their virtual assistant search, let’s look at some of the most common ones and provide some ways through the fear.
Can I actually afford a virtual assistant for my business?
This is one of the most common questions entrepreneurs ask as they’re considering looking for the extra help they so desperately need. Especially if you’re just starting out with your business and in the stage where you’re doing anything you can to keep costs low and save money. The truth is that the more your business grows, the more you’re going to have little time to do the secretarial and office management type work that a virtual assistant could handle. Take an honest look at your business’ finances, and you may find that you can actually afford the help you need. Virtual assistants only work when you need them to, so you can afford more help than you think. Take on starting with 5-10 hours a month and go from there.
What if I choose the wrong assistant?
Hiring the wrong person for the job is the same concern every person interviewing candidates has, no matter whether they’re a large company or a small business. While it is always a real possibility that you may hire the wrong person, it doesn’t have to be something that holds you back from hiring anyone at all. When you’re interviewing possible virtual assistants, be sure that you’re crystal clear about what you need, what your work entails, and what you’re looking for in an assistant. This will help you get a real sense of the person you hire. And to save yourself worry, let them know you’d like to try them out for 30 days and then reassess from there. That way, you know you’re not locked into something long-term.
I don’t think I’m going to have the time to train them.
While it does take some time to train a VA, if you’re diligent in your search, you’ll ensure you find a VA who has experience in your industry already. This way you won’t have to do much training. Also, look for a virtual assistant who has experience doing the same tasks you’re looking for them to do for you.
There are many fears around hiring someone else to come into your business and help take over the things you’ve done yourself from the beginning. But if you do your interview and candidate search diligently, you’ll discover the freedom of hiring a virtual assistant and the growth that comes with that freedom!