How To Ask For Help
You have a mountain of paperwork on your desk. You have a to-do list a mile long. You realize that you really need someone to help, but you don’t need them all the time. Maybe this is just your busy season and you need some temporary help. What should you do? Call a virtual administrative assistant. The simplest form of help you could ask for.
You might be thinking that a virtual assistant might not be a good fit. They don’t know your business or how your office runs, so how can they possibly help without you spending even more time away from what you need to do to train them? Where would you even begin to know how they could help you? Well…. you would know because I am going to explain it to you. Since I am a virtual office assistant I’m helpful like that. Now you’re thinking maybe you should hire me…. but you should finish reading my blog first… but you should contact me right after your done…. what a great idea! You are making use of my advice already!
The biggest question that you need to ask yourself is out of your entire to-do list what things can only you do? Then see how much of your list is left. There is still probably a lot left on it. These are the things that a virtual office assistant can do. They can create forms that could make your business run smoother and save time. They can create presentations, keep the information in your database updated. If you find one that is truly experienced you can simply tell them everything that you, yourself do, what things aren’t getting done that should, and what you would like to see done, and they can come up with a plan to make that happen. A good executive assistant …. as Capitan Picard would say…. would “Make it so”.
The next biggest question you should ask yourself is what would I like to be doing but can’t because I just don’t have the time or the knowhow. Many people have told me when I’m consulting with them that they know there are lots of things they need to be doing like social media management or email marketing to engage both their existing customers and new ones. Some of them either don’t have the time to keep up with it or don’t have a single clue how to post material their customers will find interesting. These things…. things that would grow your business… are very important and are definitely worth hiring someone to help with.
Your virtual assistant knows what they do best just like your know what you do best. The easiest way to come up with a plan is after going over what your situation is, ask how they can best help you. If you like what they say and they seem to make sense then give it a try. You might find that you can be so much more productive with your newly hired assistant. As time goes by and you start using them more each month you might just wonder how you did anything without them.
Do what is right for you and your business…. ASK FOR HELP!