Entrepreneurs are popularly referred to as risk-takers. They are willing to take risks in order to turn dreams into reality. This is why the typical profile of an entrepreneur is a driven, passionate and dedicated person who will stop at nothing to turn the business into a success. And sometimes that can be a problem. Your best solution is to hire a Virtual Assistant.
As talented and motivated as you are, the fact of the matter is you cannot do everything on your own. And even if you are a person of 100 skills or more, you should not even attempt to manage all the details of the business. For all of technology’s power, it cannot change the value of time.
You will only have 24 hours in a day and of these, you are awake for only 16 to 18 hours. In order to become successful, you must make efficient and productive use of your time. By trying to do everything yourself, you accomplish little.
A Virtual Assistant can help you manage your schedule better so you can have more productive time. It has been widely documented that a Virtual Assistant has many benefits:
- Reduce costs
- Improve productivity
- Introduce flexibility
- Reduce risks of expansion
- Relieve stress
These are all potential benefits that you can reap when working with a Virtual Assistant. The key is to maximize the relationship with your Virtual Assistant by approaching the engagement more as a partnership than a Client – Services Provider relationship:
1. Because One is Greater than Two.
In a partnership, both parties have a shared interest. In a Client – Services Provider relationship, there are 2 distinct interests. When you embrace a partnership these 2 interests become 1. There is a shared interest because if one party fails to deliver, the other’s interests are compromised.
2. Capitalize on the Virtual Assistant’s Experience.
For your Virtual Assistant to become a partner, you have to get him or her involved in the project. You should treat the Virtual Assistant as an equal partner. Therefore, ask him or her for advice or consultation on key matters that falls under his or her competence. Virtual assistants are highly experienced. They have undergone training and have worked in variety of industries. Their inputs can help your business grow and move forward.
3. Develop a Stronger Relationship.
By encouraging your Virtual Assistant to get more involved in the business you develop a stronger relationship. Many entrepreneurs are not only financially invested in the business but also emotionally invested. It is not easy for them to relinquish some control to another person especially someone whom he or she interacts only through the virtual world. It is a big step which could lead to better productivity and higher quality of work.
Building strategic partnerships is nothing new when it comes to outsourcing services. More and more businesses are transitioning to a partnership model as success is long term and sustainable. All relationships take time and throughout the process you will go through some rough patches. But with shared interests, you will come out better and wiser.