No matter who you are, there are only 24 hours in a day to get things accomplished. For a small business owner, most of those hours are spent working to keep their business running, growing, and staying competitive. It is not an easy thing to do, and a smart business owner will usually realize that they can not (and should not) try to do everything by themselves.
When the time comes to find help and delegate some of the daily job duties to an assistant, the first thing a business owner should consider is “what are my expectations and are they realistic”.
Here are 4 things to consider about job duty expectations when delegating work to a new virtual assistant.
- It is important that you have an idea of how long it would take you to do the same task, so you can have a reasonable expectation for the VA.
- If the delegated task would take you an hour to do, you should expect it to take longer for a VA to do the same task (until they understand your business and processes).
- An unreasonable expectation on a new VA will frustrate them (and you) and cause the initial relationship to go south even before it has a chance to develop.
- With some patience, time and reasonable expectations a virtual assistant can become a great asset to you and your company.