When you work hard to build up your own business, it can be hard to hand over responsibilities to someone else. Yet, it can free up time for you to focus on other more important things. Here’s five reasons why you may be fearful of outsourcing and why a VA can help.
You may be concerned about the expense of having a VA and whether it’s worth the monthly outgoings. However, think about whether there are jobs you would like more time to do.
Whether it’s marketing, learning a new skill to grow your business or simply more time to dedicate to your clients, outsourcing a few tasks to a VA can take the pressure off so you can focus on developing your business and bringing more money in. Actually, in some cases a VA can save you money!
You can also choose how many hours you want your VA to work, whether it’s ad-hoc each month based on how much or little work you have or set hours, it’s very much up to you.
When you start your own business, you’ll develop your own way of doing things. You may be worried about whether your VA can do things in the same way as you. However, a VA has lots of experience working with a variety of clients so will be able to learn how you do things or work with you to write new processes.
3. Online security
It’s understandable that you may have concerns about working with someone virtually, especially when it comes to sharing sensitive information. You may be worried that your details will be at risk when sharing files and logins.
At The Arts VA, we’ve been doing this for a while now so we know the best way to share things without there being a security issue. We use a range of online tools, including secure apps to transfer and store information, such as LastPass and Google Drive.
4. Loss of control
When you’ve spent time and money building up your own business, it can be hard to trust someone else with it. If you’re not used to delegating to someone else, we can suggest ways in which you can be more comfortable with it.
This may mean starting off slow, giving little bits of work to your VA and, as you feel more comfortable, passing on more responsibilities. We have lots of experience in handling our clients' work and always do a three month trial period, with regular meetings to check that everything is going ok.
Are you worried about handing over tasks when working virtually? All our clients are different and prefer to communicate in different ways.
When we start working together, we work out which way is best for you. This could be using an app like Slack for instant messaging, or we can also use WhatsApp, emails and phone or video calls. You can read more about this in our blog on how to delegate tasks to your VA.
The Arts News
Mrs Doubtfire will run in the West End. The show, which previewed in Manchester earlier this year, will be heading to Shaftesbury Theatre. Previews begin on 12 May next year.
Another show starting its West End run is Operation Mincemeat. The show will run at the Fortune Theatre from 29 March to 8 July.
Get in touch!
If you have any questions about how you can work with The Arts VA, you can contact Charlie here. Do you want to know how else a VA can support you and your business? Check out these blogs: