How Do Consultants Know When to Hire Help?

virtual assistantWhen you first start to build a business as a consultant, it’s possible to handle all of the administrative tasks on your own. However, as your business grows and you become more successful, you will need help. Over the past several years, virtual assistants have become indispensable for consultants and small business owners by providing administrative or technical assistance remotely. So how do you know when you’re business has reached the point where it’s time to hire?

The easiest way to determine whether your business would benefit from a virtual assistant is by monitoring the amount of time you spend on administrative tasks. Then consider the cost of hiring an assistant versus the cost of spending your own time performing these tasks. If you continue to take care of administrative tasks on your own, will you cut into time you should be spending on client projects? Will you even have the energy to get income generating projects finished after taking care of everything else?

If you do need help, a virtual assistant is generally the most cost effective solution. There are several ways to find potential candidates.

  • Ask other consultants for a referral
  • Hire through a virtual assistant firm
  • Post your project on an online bidding site
  • Place an ad on Craigslist

Rates can vary widely so be prepared to do your research. Don’t look for the cheapest virtual assistant because unfortunately the adage is true–you often get what you pay for.  It’s more important to find someone with good references and a comprehensive work history.

Hiring Freelancers and Independent Contractors

Hiring a virtual assistant can strengthen your business, but there are other areas where you can benefit from help too.  For example, you may want to consider hiring an accountant, especially if you don’t have the time to invoice clients. Accountants charge hourly or per project. Many consultants also hire graphic designers to set up their websites and writers to produce content on a per project basis.

It can be tempting to hire more help than you actually need but be sure to start out slow. Managing employees takes practice. You can always add people to your team later on.

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