Working Together with Your VA – Three Ways to Make the Most of Your Time

Time is money, right? Right! You’re a business owner and your time is valuable. Every day you work hard to make money and grow your business. But it seems like there’s never enough time in the course of the day to get it all done. All this work and worry is what keeps you up at night.

Which is why many business owners are already working with a Virtual Assistant (VA). Those business owners know how invaluable it is to have experienced people in place who help them with all the everyday tasks that they don’t have time to do themselves.

But maybe you’re someone who can’t decide if working with a VA is for you. How do you know if working with someone else is going to help you? Will this person really save you time?

Of course, you’ll have to train them, and they may not work as fast as you do. You’re worried that they might slow you down, and cost you extra money. Is it worth it?

Yes! It’s worth it. Even with an initial investment of time, training, and money, at the end of the day, it will be worth it to have an experienced VA help you get your work done.

Whether you’re someone already working with a VA, or still considering it, here are some tips on how to better manage your time working together:

Find the right people for the right tasks: Hire people who specialize in the tasks you need help with. For example, if you need help with your bookkeeping and your website, don’t expect to find someone who’s good at both. Bookkeeping and designing websites need different talents and skill sets. Allow the people you work with to focus on what they’re good at, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and get a better product in the end.

Delegate: This may be the most important thing you can do to help manage your time. Don’t be afraid to let go of the tasks that are holding you back. Make sure you communicate clearly about what you want to be done. Allow your VA’s to ask questions, and then back away and let them do their job. Letting go might be hard, but it will be worth it!

Use automation tools:  Automation tools won’t replace skilled people, but using these tools will save time and increase productivity. If you’re working with a team, using communication and organization tools like Slack, Skype and Trello are great ways to keep your projects moving. Do you need help with your blog or social media? Use tools like Co-Schedule, Hootsuite, or Buffer to schedule your blog or social media posts, or have your VA do it for you. Many VA’s already use a lot of these tools for their own businesses and know what time savers they can be.

Managing your time is vitally important to the growth and health of your business. Hiring the right VA’s will help you save time, and make you more efficient. Plus, you may even find that you’ll get a good night’s sleep at the end of the day.

Julie StewartJulie Stewart is a Digital Marketing VA with over fifteen years’ experience in marketing for small businesses. Julie helps busy professionals promote their businesses and increase their online presence by coordinating their marketing needs, and assisting them with their websites, social media, email marketing and online content. To learn more about how Julie can help you increase your online presence, visit her website at www.jascreative.com.