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  • Writer's pictureNikki Peddle

How to Delegate to a Virtual Assistant

If you want to grow your business you have to learn to delegate.

Let’s be honest.

You didn't put in all the time, do all the hard work trying to get your small biz off the ground to feel overwhelmed, disorganized, and not see the results that you want did you?

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, perhaps a little stressed out with your to-do list, and have considered outsourcing you may not know where to start, because it’s all new and well, you’re used to doing it all yourself! Am I right??

If you want to grow as an entrepreneur you’ve got to learn to delegate. ~RichardBranson

I love this quote above, however, it is also a task in itself to just manage the delegation process, but, it has to be done in order to move forward. To help you get started I have made a checklist - here are my suggestions:

1. Most importantly, block time for this as you don’t want to spend too much time on it or waste a day! The end of the week or first thing Monday morning over coffee for an hour is a great time, see if it fits in your schedule and start there. It maybe that a Sunday night be a better option for you or mid-week on a Wednesday over lunch. Find something that works and stick to it.

2. Make a list of tasks and projects that take a lot of your time that are important but don’t make money. ⁣Repetitive monthly todos are my first suggestions website maintenance todos, social media marketing ads and scheduling, data entry tasks that have piled up on your desk, client management tasks, email marketing... the list goes on!

3. Think about tasks that you procrastinate doing or don’t like doing or that you may not be specialized in that take up lots of your TIME. ⁣Write them down.

4. Keep a Google Drive doc or sheet handy and easily accessible or use a list or notes app on your phone so you can update the list easily when you find yourself doing these tasks. ⁣

5. Start small. When you finally have a list, decide on a delivery process, and start one at a time to get used to handing off tasks and projects.

Remember that feeling of being organized and in control?

What about the last time you had a weekend off to yourself or a weekend away?

It's closer than you think. You just have to get the process STARTED. Reach out if you’re looking to start outsourcing, even if it’s a few hours a month or a few tasks a month.

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