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Take Back Your Work/Life Balance with a Virtual Assistant

By Townes Haas   |    December 22, 2014   |    2:27 PM

A virtual assistant can help small business owners regain their work/life balance

If you consistently find yourself struggling to get ahead with your business, it may be time to consider hiring a virtual assistant. Emails, social media, and other work-related responsibilities can cut into the time you have to spend with your family, or pursue hobbies outside of the business world, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Virtual assistants can help small business owners free up time for their business and for themselves, and hiring one isn’t nearly as difficult as it might seem.

How do I hire a virtual assistant?

Hiring a full time employee is expensive. If your small business doesn’t need a full time employee, or if an additional staff member isn’t in your budget, a virtual assistant is the perfect solution. You only pay for the time that you use your assistant's services.

You don’t even have to spend time dealing with the hiring process, either. A virtual office provider takes care of the entire procedure. All you have to do is take the plunge and make the decision to begin using a virtual assistant.

What duties are commonly outsourced to virtual assistants?

You can assign any task to a virtual assistant – it’s all up to you! Social media management, phone answering, research, travel arrangements, appointment scheduling… there’s no limit to how a virtual assistant can help free up your time.

Let your virtual assistant take your marketing to the next level

Marketing is often one of the first tasks that become neglected when things get busy. If your marketing efforts have been lackluster, let a virtual assistant take over.

For example, if you really want to do a direct mail campaign, have your virtual assistant take care of the envelope stuffing. It sure beats coercing your kids into helping out.

Social media management is another great task for a virtual assistant. You know being on social media is helpful, but who has the time? You may not, but your virtual assistant sure does. When you know that you’re consistently making an effort to bring in new business, it’s far easier to relax outside of work.

Virtual assistants can manage your schedule easily

Maintaining a calendar is something that every businessperson knows they should do, but it’s easy to forget to enter meetings and appointments on to their calendar. Create a free Google calendar online to share with your virtual assistant and have them keep track of your business meetings and your personal appointments. With your assistant’s help, you can ensure that your calendar is always updated so that you never double-book your time or miss an important meeting.

If you delegate certain responsibilities to a trusted virtual assistant, you’re bound to free up plenty of time to enjoy life outside of work

When you don’t have to handle some of the more routine tasks that come with running a business, you can access valuable time throughout the week. Use your precious time for business development or client meetings, and end the day feeling accomplished. When you feel accomplished, you’ll be far more willing to step away from the computer during the evenings and weekends.