Many online entrepreneurs tend to think twice when they are faced with the decision on whether or not they should hire a virtual assistant or VA. This is, in fact, a good thing. Like any other commodity, the services of an online personal assistant should only be employed when actually needed.
Others, however, are confident that they should hire a VA without considering if they actually need the services of one. In the event that one hires a VA unnecessarily, the online assistant will only end up as a money sink and a rather pointless redundancy.
How then could you tell that you do not need a VA at the moment? You don’t need one of these online assistants when:
- You already have employees that can do a VA’s tasks. You won’t need a VA if you already have people who are tasked to do administrative tasks. So long as they are not swamped with work, employing the services of a virtual assistant is only going to introduce an unnecessary, money-wasting redundancy to your manpower.
- You can practically run your business alone. Some ventures are best run by no more than the entrepreneurs behind them. This is especially true with many start ups that are yet to break even and make profit. It’s pretty obvious that having a VA around when you’re yet to earn money beyond your capital is a bad idea.
- You can afford to hire a physically-present assistant. Let’s face it: having a physically-present personal assistant is a lot more advantageous than an assistant that you only get to see on Skype. Besides being able to do more than a VA of the same level of skill, an office-based assistant is a lot easier to work with. That said, if you can afford hiring and keeping one, go for it instead of a VA.
- You don’t have the money to pay for a VA. This is pretty much self-explanatory.
If you find yourself in any of these situations, it is usually best to just keep your money in your pocket and use it for other, more important things. Of course, you may also save it for later, when you find yourself in need of affordable help.