Say no

Are you on the fence about the idea of outsourcing to a VA. You’ve probably convinced yourself that it just won’t work for you and won’t add benefit to your company? Do any of these reasons sound familiar to you?

I don’t know what to delegate

It often starts out this way, struggling to see tasks that can be outsourced. Business owners are often nervous to let go of something that they have spent time and money building. Start slowly, task by task, and see the benefits of the time gained by moving tasks across to a VA.

It will take too much time to train someone

This is probably due to being stuck in the mindset of managing employees. Often the process of hiring and training a new employee can be long and time-consuming. This person might need a company induction, on the job training and will be slow to build up their workload. In reality, working with a VA is the complete opposite. Find one with the right experience and skill set and you can immediately handover the tasks you want to be completed for them to get on without supervision. This is because a VA is a business owner, they understand the complexities of running a business and will respond to a task with this in mind. They will also be experienced in what they do and so you can relax knowing that the task will be completed to a high standard.

Think of it this way….when you hire an employee they need to be a bit more of a generalist and cover multiple tasks. However, there is nothing to stop you from hiring multiple VAs with different specialisms so that each task or project is completed by the ‘go-to’ person in that area.

It’s just easier to do it myself

Yes, and it would be easier for me to continue doing everything for my children until they leave home. But who does that benefit? In my example, I’d go completely crazy and in business, if you don’t let go and outsource there won’t be any opportunity for growth and development. Having a VA assist with the time-consuming day to day tasks, allows you to focus on strategy and development.

I can’t afford to commit to a VA

Again, if you are thinking about an employee this could be high fixed costs with taxes, national insurance and other benefits. The great thing about outsourcing work to a freelancer is that these on costs disappear. Most VAs bill by the hour so you are only paying for the time you use, which makes them a cost-effective solution for many small business owners. The other thing to consider when looking at cost is your hourly rate compared to the VAs, if you are charging more per hour for client work than the VA is charging…doesn’t it make sense for you to focus on the client work and leave the other tasks to someone else?

So in summary, working with a VA is an efficient and cost-effective way to get help for your business. If you still have reservations, book in a complimentary 20-minute consultation with me to talk through your thoughts and concerns. I’d love to find out more about your business.

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