Running a Startup is no easy feat. You’ll need all the help you can get while you concentrate on scaling. You should be thinking of hiring someone to help with a variety of admin tasks, marketing assistance or even technical know-how. This is where you might consider hiring a Virtual Assistant. Essentially the equivalent of a personal assistant that works remotely online.
As a Startup, you might think you can’t afford a VA but they are cost effective for almost any business in the long run.
Some of the tasks you might outsource to your VA include:
1) Social Media Management
2) Blog / Content writing
5) Podcast production
6) Graphic Design
7) Database management
8) Business reports
9) Travel arrangements
Among other admin tasks.
As your business grows, you may be faced with new developing needs that your VA could tackle such as streamlining operations, improving organisational structures etc.
Keep in mind that your VA could have a specific skill set such as PR relations, in which case you may not need to hire a full time PR Manager. They could be a marketing specialist with experience in building sales funnels. Find your niche requirements and then find your perfect VA match.
Many VAs relish the opportunity to work in a Startup as they will most likely be more involved in the business so be sure to share your vision with them.
No matter what industry you are in, a VA can add valuable time to your day. Surround yourself with a valuable team, learn how to delegate and offload the work you’re doing to others, giving you time to dedicate on growing your business. Work smarter, not harder!
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Create a team of VAs that could carry out specific tasks and be ready to call upon them should one disappear on you into internet abyss. Set up proper systems in place, SOPs etc. to make sure anyone can swoop in and take up the lead and get your VA to do this!
Most importantly, make sure the VA you hire is a perfect fit for your Startup. Do they have the same values, do they share the vision of the business, do they have the right ethics, dedication and experience to take your Startup to Scale Up stage? Lastly, do you see yourself happily speaking to them on a daily basis?
The misconception that to be successful, you have to do everything yourself is something many entrepreneurs struggle with. Buy yourself more time and sanity and start hiring a VA.
If you are VA looking to work with one of our Startups, send us a message and we will add you to our Database of VAs looking for work. As soon as we hear of a vacancy, Finding Startups will notify you.