I know that you are pressed for time. You have orders to fill, products to create, packages to ship, blog posts to write, newsletters to schedule — the list goes on and on.
I also know that you’re most likely doing everything on your own. You don’t feel like you’re in a position to hire someone to come into your business and take some of the load off of your shoulders.
You might think that hiring someone and having to train them will take time that you don’t have. You might think that it’s pointless to hire someone to do things that you are perfectly capable of doing in your own business.
Even if you’ve been working days that are 12 hours long — minimum. Even if you always feel behind in your work, and you can’t remember the last time you slept a full night.
The truth? Trying to do it all and feeling overwhelmed and behind 24/7 is hurting you, and hurting your business.
This is where a virtual assistant (VA) comes in. A VA is someone (like me!) that you hire to take some of the daily, tedious work off of your plate so you have more time to dedicate to the rest of your business.
Delegating things that eat up your time and energy, that you don’t enjoy doing, that keep you in the cycle of going from tedious task to tedious task is what will allow you to start feeling on top of things again.
Growing your team means that you can hand off the necessary but time-consuming tasks so you can focus on the bigger picture.
And don’t you want to feel supported instead of panicked and struggling? Wouldn’t you rather know that you have someone who is 150% invested in helping your business to be the best it can be, in helping you be the best you can be?
I want you to take a minute to imagine life after you hire a VA to get you through this holiday season:
+ You are fulfilling more orders, and have a faster turnaround time
+ You are able to stay on top of your inbox, so you don’t miss any new orders
+ Your customers/clients have a smoother process when they order from you
+ You earn twice as much as you were projected to
+ You can sleep full nights and know that your business is being taken care of
And while yes, there is a learning curve when you hire your VA, spending an hour training them on how to process and ship an order will save you hundred of hours when the holiday orders come flooding in.
I’m going to say this again because it’s that important:
Spending an hour training your VA now will save you HUNDREDS of hours when your orders come flooding in.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But Indigo! How do I know what to train them to do? What can I outsource or delegate to a VA?”
Today I’m going to show you how figuring that out doesn’t have to be a scary process at all.
Because you’re in the day-to-day life of your business, it can be hard to imagine handing daily tasks off to someone else. After all, you’ve been 100% in charge of everything for your business 100% of the time since it started.
But here’s what I want you to remember: you don’t have to delegate EVERYTHING on the first day.
This is something that I see people struggle with when they’ve just hired a VA: they dump every! single! task! on the newly hired VA at once and think everything is hunky-dory. Not only does this completely overwhelm your VA, it can lead to you being unsatisfied with them and firing them because they’re asking a million questions and trying to wrap their head around everything.
You want to ease into the working relationship with your VA, and make sure that you two are truly compatible work-wise. I would recommend starting off with 1-2 super important tasks first, seeing how those go, and then starting to increase the workload.
This approach is beneficial in two ways:
1. It lets you get the most stressful/overwhelming things off of your to-do list ASAP
2. It gets you + your new VA used to working with each other + really create a solid communication strategy
To help you figure out what your most stressful/overwhelming things are on your to-do list, I’ve created a worksheet for you! Just download it by entering your first name + favorite email below. You’ll get instant access to the worksheet.
Now that you’ve figured out what you can delegate to your future VA, I want to hear from you! If you were going to outsource ONE thing from your Must Delegate list, what would it be and why? Let me know in the comments!