When you’re running your own business, more often than not you’re probably wishing there are more hours in the day.
While you can’t add more numbers to the face of your watch, there are ways to get more time out of the 24 hours you’re allotted each day. One solution is to hire a personal assistant.
Bringing a personal assistant on board might seem like a luxury only high-powered executives get to enjoy, but that’s not the case. You could hire a personal assistant without breaking the bank and suddenly you’ve gained some valuable time back to focus on your business and tasks at hand.
“Even though we often want to do it all on our own, it’s often impossible (or at the very least not enjoyable),” HorkeyHandBook.com founder Gina Horkey said. “It's also true that we can usually get farther and grow bigger with the help of others. Lastly, having someone on your ‘team’ can make entrepreneurship feel a lot less lonely.”
How a personal assistant is used will vary depending on what kind of business you run, but it’s hard to argue with how big of a help one can be. If you’re on the fence on whether or not to hire an assistant, here are a few benefits of having one that you might want to consider.
You can increase your productivity
Take a look at your “to do” list for the day. Do you have to take care of all of those items by yourself? If so, how many of them are taking you away from running your company? With a personal assistant, you could hand off some of the “back burner” items to him or her, while you can focus on the more “big picture” tasks that are crucial to your business’s success. Meanwhile, every task is being completed at the end of the day!
“It's hard to focus on all of the individual tasks that come with a small business (think marketing vs. technology vs. doing the work), so when you can offload one or more to someone else, it frees you up to get stuff done and make major progress in another area,” Horkey said.
You can earn/save more money in the long run
Yes, at first glance that doesn’t make sense. How can adding an assistant (an expense) help increase a company’s bottom line? Well, think about how many times you’ve stepped away from a task that produced income to handle one that didn’t? A personal assistant could take the non-income producing activities off of your hands, which would let you keep your eye on the revenue generating side of the company. Whatever you’re paying your assistant is well worth it when you consider the time to make money you’re gaining back.
You’ll become a better manager/entrepreneur
If you’ve been working by yourself up until now, you’re probably doing OK, but imagine how much better you’ll be with a little help. If you’re doing everything by yourself, nothing is getting your full attention, which can lead to mistakes. Having an assistant to carry part of the load can go a long way towards improving your all-around working skills.
You can’t add more hours to your workday, but there are ways to make the most out of the 24 that you have. Hiring a personal assistant to ease the burden is a great place to start.