Being busy isn’t the only sign that you need an assistant. Even if it feels like you’ve got things under control, there are a few tell-tale signs that your grip is slipping and that it may be time to get an assistant.
There are several different types of assistants: Executive assistants, virtual assistants, administrative assistants, and personal assistants are common examples.
These 5 Signs Mean You Need an Assistant
Depending on your budget and needs, you might consider hiring an assistant if you notice any of the following signs happening to you.
1. You’ve missed a meeting, call, or deadline in the last week.
A sure sign that things are beginning to get out of your control can be a missed deadline or a forgotten meeting. You don’t get overwhelmed all at once – it happens over time as your workload increases.
Forgetting agreements, engagements, or deadlines shows that you’re busy with other things and are beginning to lose track of the “minutia” – something an assistant will take over for you.
2. You’re working harder than ever, but feel like you’re treading water.
Another sign that you need an assistant is the feeling of treading water. If you’re working harder than ever before and things don’t seem to be progressing like they were, you’re likely having to focus too much attention on low-priority tasks that could easily be handled by a virtual assistant.
Handing those tasks off gives you the freedom to pursue the most valuable tasks for your company.
3. You’ve turned down a new client recently.
If you’re so busy that new clients (i.e. growth) are considered an inconvenience you don’t have the time or ability to manage right now, you probably need an assistant. Turning down new clients is a sure way to halt business growth, and if hiring an assistant frees up enough time to allow you to take on more clients, it’s a smart decision.
4. You’ve neglected long-term planning because you’re busy.
Day-to-day work is important, and as a small business owner or entrepreneur, you want to be directly involved with as much of your business as possible. But if you’re the only one handling the day-to-day (short-term) tasks, there’s no one watching over you to keep an eye on the bigger picture.
As the owner, that’s your job. You might need an assistant to take over some of the day-to-day so you can take time to focus on strategy and the big picture.
5. There’s a task you consistently avoid or put off
We can’t be experts at every aspect of business, no matter how skilled and willing to learn we are. Every business owner has one task or work area that they consistently put off or avoid entirely. Avoidance like this can kill a business quickly, because soon, unseen problems come to the surface or important deadlines and requirements are forgotten.
An assistant can help with the tasks you can’t stand and give you the peace of mind that it’s going to get done, no matter what. If the task can’t be done by your assistant, you can have them remind you and help keep you accountable through the process so you don’t get off track.