For most people on the outside, it may look like running a blog or online publication is easy and fun work. In reality, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. It is more than just writing all day; it requires creativity, serious editing, marketing yourself and so much more. The last thing you have time for as a blogger is administrative tasks.
That’s why many bloggers are making the switch to hiring a virtual assistant. This can be a huge asset to a busy blogger that just can’t do it all by themselves. Here is a look at why online writers are bringing in the extra help.
When you don’t know how to say “No”
As a self-employed entrepreneur, it can be really hard to turn down anyone that needs your time or attention. You may have a tendency to say “yes” to everything because you feel that as a self-employed person, it’s too risky to turn anyone down.
You need the income to continue to stream in and you want to share your talents with whoever may need them, not only for their benefit but to get your name out there and allow yourself to shine. Unfortunately, this is what causes burnout and overscheduling, resulting in missed deadlines and poor work quality.
Hiring a virtual assistant is a good way to have someone to remind you that have already taken on enough work for this week. When people want to ask of your time and attention for projects or meetings, to have you attend events or to help them with something that someone of your experience level would know best, it’s important to have an accountability partner to say you do or don’t have time for that.
Stop agreeing to every project and have your virtual assistant tell them “I will get back to you on that” so that you don’t have to feel guilty declining the invite. Your virtual assistant can be the one to break the news and to check with you before accepting or declining an assignment.
Too many topics to cover, not enough time
When your blog blows up and your name is well-known, people are going to want you to talk about every new story or product that’s out and you simply don’t have enough time. You can’t address every single topic because then you won’t have time to write about your own content.
A virtual assistant is a good way to handle this issue because they will sort through content requests for you. If something isn’t relevant to your brand or website, your virtual assistant can delete or turn down the request and apologize for the missed opportunity. Once again, you won’t have to be the one to deliver the bad news or to feel guilty for not taking on every single request. Plus, your virtual assistant can clue you in on big stories that you might love to cover.
One of the most time-consuming parts of the job is doing the research. You might need to research the person you are about to interview or you might need to research for a topic you’re going to be writing about. Finding the right sources and reading through them takes hours. Then, you have to write the actual piece on it. A virtual assistant can work well to reduce the research time by finding statistics to write an argument or select the key articles for you to read through. This can be a huge time saver.
Consider the perks of a virtual assistant to your blogging business and why it might save you time so that you can make more money and enjoy the process better.