Why Do You Need To Hire a Virtual Assistant for Your Startup Business

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Why hire a virtual assistant?

If you're starting a new business, you'll quickly realize that the task of managing all aspects of the project requires an incredible amount of time, energy, and knowledge.

Virtual assistants are here to help busy people like you simplify their lives. People like you who have a lot of work, but little time to do it. With a virtual assistant, you'll be able to hire someone who will take care of the mundane tasks so that you can run your company or service more efficiently.

The concept of having someone else do tasks for you may sound intimidating at first. But don't let that deter you. Hiring a virtual assistant will allow you to focus on what matters most: making your company successful.

Today, we will discuss why you need to hire a virtual assistant for your startup business.

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Atiba de Souza: Are you a startup and you're looking to hire a virtual assistant and wondering if it's the right thing to do? Yeah! Should you hire a virtual assistant for your startup? That's the question that we're going to be tackling today, guys. 

Hey, I am Atiba De Souza and I have managed teams of virtual assistants and I created this channel to answer some of the top questions that small businesses owners have about hiring and managing virtual assistants. So let's dive right in.

So if you're a startup and you're just getting started in business. Okay. And if you're new to this channel, then you're probably not heard me say this before, but I say it all the time. You hire virtual assistants so that you can grow. You hire virtual assistants so that you can grow. You don't hire virtual assistants that take off of you mundane tasks that you don't want to do, just so that you don't have to do them, okay? Now they can do mundane tasks. They can do tedious tasks. They can do repetitive tasks, but you only take that stuff off of you because you're ready to go do more marketing and sales. 

So, if you're in a startup and you're just getting started and you're thinking about hiring a virtual assistant, then here is my advice to you. Number one, hire them if, and only if you're ready to grow. You know you heard me say that. Number two. You're going to have to hire a virtual assistant that has expertise in an area. Because the other thing that I talk about a lot is that when you hire a virtual assistant, you have to have an idea of what it is that you want them to do, and be able to start to systemize that out for them so that they have a process to follow. Well, if you're a brand new startup, you probably don't have really great processes yet.

So you need to hire someone who is actually a VA that's an expert in a particular area that, and this is the key, that you are also really good at. "What? Wait, what, why do, why am I going to hire somebody who's good at something that I'm good at? I should hire somebody who's good at something I'm not good at!". No, don't do that!

You see when you hire someone who is good at what you're good at, then you know if they're doing a good job. Then you know how to help them systemize it even though you haven't done it for this particular business yet. So for example, if you have a, if you're starting a brand new business and you have an accounting background, right? And you're really great at accounting, Awesome! Your first VA that you're going to hire for your startup should be in the accounting field as well. You will be able to onboard them better. You will be able to help them set up systems better, and you'll be able to know that they're doing a great job. On the flip side, if you're really great at accounting, but you suck at video production, or let's say you suck at marketing, that's a better example, you suck at marketing, and you go out and hire a VA who claims to be the next great thing in the marketing industry, guess what? You won't know. 

You won't know if they're doing a good job or not. You won't be able to set up a system for them to follow. You won't be able to measure. You just won't know. You're going to be flying blind.

So I know the temptation. I know it because I felt that I've dealt with it. I know the temptation, man, let me find somebody who is good at what I'm not good at. And I hire them to do that. And then I'll just stay over here and I'll just do the thing that I'm good at. 

Now, this isn't even just about hiring VA's, guys. This is even about hiring employees. Now I learned this myself years and years ago from a book written by Michael Gerber, The E-Myth Revisited. The E-Myth Revisited. I strongly suggest that you take a read of that book. I actually read it every single year, okay? I started reading it in 2001 and I've read it every year, at least once ever since. Because it reminds me of every time I read it, because I'm a little bit smarter (I hope) year to year, I learn a little bit more and he covers this point in there. He covers this point that we don't hire someone because they're good at this thing over here that we suck at so that we can focus on our thing, that when you're a startup.. That's the wrong answer. The wrong answer. Okay? That's the wrong answer. Do not hire a VA to do that, to something that you're not good at. Hire them for something that you are really, really great at so that you know that they're doing a great job. That you can help them systemize this process and have it run smoothly because you know what it takes.

All right. Everybody, I hope that helps. All right? And I would love to know what your startup is. So put a comment down below. Let me know what startup business you're in as well. All right, bye, everybody!

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