I’ve visited the idea of hiring a cleaner for my home countless times over the years, though in my head I was going to justify it by becoming so busy with work that I wouldn’t even have time on the weekends to do it myself regularly.
It sounds ridiculous when I type it, let alone say it out loud!
That all changed a couple of months ago when I was asked to speak at this year’s National Home Staging Symposium about how to find and work with a virtual assistant (VA).
I knew that I’d need to explain what a VA was, because of the blank looks I often get at events when I’m asked what I do (there is a reason Rogue Monday references “business support services”!). Though that part was easy.
What I really needed was inspiration to explain why anyone should hire a Virtual Assistant.
Now there are plenty of different opinions on why and when you should get a VA, though I would say it’s when you find yourself working on things that aren’t the best use of your time and, of course, when your business has started generating an income. VAs don’t work for free!
But what did that mean to my audience? How could I explain the concept of “the best use of your time”?
As I was “researching” (procrastinating) for my presentation, I read a post by the event’s keynote speaker, Denise Duffield-Thomas about the types of paid support she gets at home which allows her to focus on her business and family.
I had a cleaner booked in within an hour of reading that blog post. Being 7 months pregnant may have helped as well!
That life-changing decision de-stressed my life and I remembered that I’ve always determined the best use of my time by seeing my time as an hourly rate.