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As an entrepreneur, you know more than most people what it’s like to be busy – you’re not only busy, you’re “beyond busy.” It’s that frantic state that you get into when there’s not only too much on your plate, but you’ve run out of plates.

You can’t do business like this forever — you put yourself in danger of becoming burnt out. How do you retreat from being “beyond busy”?

Think virtual assistant!

Virtual assistants work remotely, and, depending on which virtual assistant service you go through, can do almost anything for you, including administrative tasks and other chores that eat up your time.

Hire the right help.

While you could hire a new team member to become your assistant, choosing a virtual assistant over a permanent employee has a few big advantages:

  • You only pay for the services you need so you can trim your budget while you save time.
  • Some virtual assistant services are available 24/7 so you always have someone to turn to in emergency situations.
  • You don’t have to set up an extra workstation in the office, and there is less training time involved.
  • Since a virtual assistant is not a permanent employee, you won’t have to pay government taxes or fees related with hiring an employee.

While virtual assistant services are popular, you may want to look into working with a private virtual assistant. These individuals usually charge by the hour, and many have specific skill sets. For example, you could hire one with amazing research skills who can investigate patents or help you stay compliant when you make big changes for your business.

Start with a small selection of tasks.

What if you’re hesitant about trusting administrative tasks to someone you’ve never met? Start small, perhaps by offloading some small items such as:

  • Online research — Virtual assistants can dig up information on a company you’re thinking about investing in, or they can investigate new products. Basically, if it is on the Internet, they’ll find it.
  • Managing email — Do you suffer from inbox overload? A virtual assistant can pick out the most important pieces of correspondence and respond to the rest on your behalf. You just have to provide guidance on how your assistant should filter your emails.
  • Bookkeeping — If you use a cloud accounting system, you can let your virtual assistant have access to your account. Your helper can then check your reports for accuracy or enter new data as needed.

What more can a virtual assistant tackle?

A virtual assistant can do more than take care of the basics. Some tasks that you might ask one to do include:

  • Converting your notes for your next big presentation into a polished PowerPoint slideshow.
  • Trolling through web travel deals to help you get to that next conference or meeting.
  • Editing written materials, such as training guides, blog posts, etc.
  • Managing your social media accounts by tweaking your posting schedule, making comments, and looking for new opportunities to gain followers.

You’re busy, and your schedule isn’t about to lighten up as you work to give your business every possible advantage. Some extra help might be just what you need to go from “beyond busy” back to a normal level of busy-ness.

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