If you are feeling overwhelmed with the daily tasks associated with your business, it might be time to consider hiring a virtual assistant and outsourcing some general administration tasks. Being constantly stressed and dealing with a growing business is enough to leave you feeling exhausted, but there is a way to take some of the burden off your time, while still maintaining full control of your business.
Here are the 7 best reasons why hiring a virtual assistant and outsourcing your administration is better than doing the work on your own:
Free Your Time
Trying to run a business on your own is never easy, because there simply are not enough hours in the day to get accomplished all that you have on your schedule. With the help of a virtual assistant, you have the ability to free up some of your time. You can use this extra time to focus on specific business operations or take a holiday.
You might think that hiring a virtual assistant is not a good idea, because you can do each task yourself and for free. But is it really for free? Hiring a virtual assistant is a cost effective solution that will actually help put money back in your business because you can focus working on your high paying tasks rather than the duties that need to be completed. Virtual Assistants often complete the tasks more efficiently because they are a specialist in the area, which is a smarter and faster way to work.
Hiring a virtual assistant allows you to maintain control in every aspect. You delegate tasks and they are performed in the exact way that you prefer. This means that email, newsletters and documents are completed without you having to dedicate your own time.
With the help of a virtual assistant, you finally have the ability to maintain a flexible schedule. The virtual assistant will keep your business ticking over even when you go on holidays.
You can maintain peace of mind because your virtual assistant will have experience with the tasks that you assign. This means that you will know they are being done correctly, efficiently and with expertise.
Virtual Assistants are connected to a wider network of other virtual assistants so if they don’t offer the service that you require, they can quite often refer you to another virtual assistant to suit your requirements. Virtual assistants also like working with other expert virtual assistants as well.
Time is money and with the help of a virtual assistant you will have the ability to increase productivity and increase profits as a result. The more tasks that you delegate, the more familiar the virtual assistant becomes with your business. The virtual assistant will quite often become an extension of yourself and be able to reply to customers on your behalf as well.
By outsourcing your administration to a professional virtual business, you will be assured that you can focus more on your customers and clients and what is important in your business.
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A new study by LinkedIn Talent Solutions and Imperative found that Purpose-Oriented professionals around the world more satisfied in their jobs and expect to stay in them longer. The study builds on previous research by Imperative with NYU that showed the overwhelming advantages to hiring people who define their careers primarily around impact and fulfillment and status.
Hiring purpose-oriented people is now a clear imperative for high performing teams and organizations. So, how do you screen for purpose in an interview to assess the likelihood that someone is Purpose-Oriented and likely to be a better hire and colleague?
Here are three questions we advise our Certified Purpose Leaders to use to begin to spot people who are oriented to work for the right reasons. No one question is definitive but together they provide a pretty clear understanding of a candidate’s orientation to work and therefore their likely success.
1. If you could retire tomorrow, what would you do?
Purpose-oriented people view work as being about making an impact and don’t just work for money, recognition or status. As a result they tend to envision retirement as being an opportunity to continue to make an impact and grow as people. If they suddenly didn’t have to work, they would still work in some capacity to challenge themselves and help others.
2. Who are you still close to from each of your previous jobs?
Purpose-oriented people have stronger relationships at work and are more authentic. They tend to see coworkers as friends and value them beyond their transactional value. As a result, they are more likely to stay in touch with them after their leave a job.
3. Walk me through the major decisions you have made in your career and what drove you to make each decision?
Purpose-oriented people tend to make major career decisions (e.g. changing jobs) because they are seeking greater opportunities to make an impact, to have new challenges or build stronger relationships. They are less likely to be motivated to make changes due to money or promotions.
Note: A single negative response to any of these questions is not proof that someone isn’t Purpose-Oriented, but a pattern emerges with most candidates across the three questions which gives you a pretty clear sense for the role of work in their lives.