By Dusti Arab
Stop me if you’re heard this one.
Your business is growing – but you’re in a tight spot.
You’re at that difficult but predictable point where you need more cashflow to create additional growth, but you’re so trapped in the day-to-day operations, you’re not sure where you’re supposed to find the time. The reality is you’ve been in hardcore hustle mode for a while now, and (even though you’d never admit it) you’re getting tired.
You think hiring someone would enable you to do more of the income producing work your business needs to grow, but you’re not 100% sure which hire will be the most effective, or even if you need a full-time person yet.
In his book, The Small Business Life Cycle, Charlie Gilkey calls this the Crucible Stage.
“Entrepreneurs in this stage are at the delightfully frustrating point at which they’re booked solid and working at full steam, but the demand for their goods and services outstrips their ability to meet it. Something has to give, but entrepreneurs often don’t want to let go of the business activities that have gotten them to this stage.”
Reaching this stage is commendable – but it’s also trial by fire for many founders because to do what’s going to get you where you need to go, you can’t keep doing what you’ve done before. You have to let go of the tasks that simply aren’t as high value.
That’s why there’s a solid argument to be made for an administrative assistant being your first hire, because if you’re not hiring for admin, you’re doing admin. However, the reality is most early stage owners only need part-time administrative help, making virtual assistants a better overall choice for meeting their needs.
(For reference, Prialto’s packages start at 56 hours because we’ve been able to refine our process over time to best serve at every stage of business. We’ve discovered this is the perfect starting number of hours for the majority of executives and founders until they learn how to fully utilize their PA.)
You already know hiring at the right time is imperative – but how can you be sure now is the time?
While there are no hard and fast guidelines for knowing when it’s time to hire a virtual assistant, there are some clear indicators that will help you make the decision to bring someone on.
Curious if now is the time to hire? We’ve compiled a list of questions to ask yourself.
Is it time to hire a virtual assistant?
Are you spending more than 30 minutes a day scheduling appointments?
Appointment scheduling is an easily outsourced task, once you’ve defined your standard operating procedures, and for top performers, it’s one that can save you hours a week when it’s done correctly.
If you’re already using a scheduling tool like Calendly or Acuity, that’s a great place to start, but the reality is that a piece of software isn’t smart enough (yet) to adjust your schedule for you when plans need to change.
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