The cost of hiring a virtual assistant is the most common issue that is raised by bloggers and business owners on this topic. You might be pleased to know that hiring a virtual assistant may be more affordable and viable for you than you realize.
There are two things that can help you determine whether or not you can truly afford a virtual assistant. The first thing you want to look into are your expenses for the last two or three months. Have you been spending money on items that you now consider unnecessary or fruitless, ones that were for products that you have never used? Your expenses for this type of purchase may surprise you. What if you could have spent that money or hiring a virtual assistant, even on a temporary basis?
There is a little something that those of us in the online creativity world call ‘shiny new object syndrome’. This is where we tend to allow our ideas to run away with us, and we scoop up each new product that we feel will help us along in our business and creativity. Especially if these items are on an incredible sale! The next thing we know, we have a vast amount of unrealized ideas sitting on our hard drive, and we are filled with overwhelm at how to even tackle putting all of these items, courses, and products to good use.
Take a good look at the amount you spend every one to three months on products that you feel will help you in your online business and creativity. Then take a portion of those spendings, and set them aside to put them to use in hiring yourself a virtual assistant. Lay all of your products and ideas out in front of you, and come up with a plan for what tasks you can delegate.
The next area to look at are your to-do lists: daily, weekly, and monthly. Do you find that you spend lots of hours trying to design your book covers? Perhaps you are trying to get your membership site to look and run the way you want it to? Do you feel that your time would be better off spent elsewhere – or are there things that you detest doing so much that you avoid your daily tasks altogether? What could you have accomplished if you had hired someone to take on these projects for you?
I’m guessing that your most fulfilling accomplishment would be in getting these tasks actually completed and having them crossed off your list permanently. All that you get done will only serve your highest visions for your projects, since the more you complete and the more of yourself that you give to your work will build organic traffic to your projects over time.
Are the possibilities becoming a bit more clear now that you might just have the money to hire a VA? Even if you are still not totally convinced, you should start setting aside some funds for this purpose. Start with a small monthly budget – even just $5 or $10 per month – and hire someone to do a few small jobs for you. This could be scheduling out your social media posts for a month. Simply knowing that you have even one person there, if only for once per month, will be a huge relief to you. You will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and this will keep you moving forward.
Once you start to see what a virtual assistant can do for your business and your creations, your next steps and tasks will become clearer. You may also find that you don’t miss the money you are spending either. You are spending money on something positive for your business, so it is only natural that you will also begin to see your visions come to fruition.
And this alone can give you precisely the impetus you require to continue with your growth and creativity.