I first found out about the Virtual Assistant in The 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss. I fell in love with the idea. Have you?
I don’t even have dry cleaning to be picked up, but I still dream of having an assistant. There are just so many little things I’d love to delegate… I’m laughing a little because I’m a bit of a control freak. It’s really a bit of a habit. I’m used to counting on me and so I tend to like to do everything myself.
Honestly an assistant is cost prohibitive. It’s not easy to hire someone for a few hours a week when most people are looking for part time hours and can’t really commit to your vision when they are still trying to commit to their own.
And this is exactly where the Virtual Assistant comes in!
You can hire someone for as little or as many hours you need. Now this really isn’t going to help with picking up the dry cleaning but it can help with follow up and follow through.
Let’s say you just attended a networking event and have a handful of business cards. What is your next step? To call everyone? This is a great activity for your virtual assistant. You could have them contact everyone and set up a coffee appointment with those you’d like to network with. They could invite everyone to sign up to your contact or newsletter list. They could qualify the “cards” for potential relationship building opportunities. Hiring a virtual assistant will not only free up some of your time but it will ensure the task actually gets done. How often do those cards sit on your desk in the “round to it” pile or what I like to call the “missed opportunity” pile.
This post is to get you thinking about the tasks you don’t need to be doing and securing the help you need to grow your business.
There are a ton of places on line to find a Virtual Assistant. It’s like hiring an employee, so be ready to interview and train them, but this upfront work is well worth the effort.