Change can be uncomfortable. And we are human – we like to be comfortable. At just about all costs. Am I right?
But the reality is that you are already uncomfortable with something, whether it is the anxiety you are feeling from being behind or the stress from spending time on putting fires out instead of what you had planned to do that day or the frustration of dealing with the tasks you would rather someone else do but you just haven’t had the time to find someone. That is all uncomfortable stuff.
So, how do you overcome the fear of hiring a VA to help you with all the things? It is a matter of mindset really.
FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN DO
As a business owner myself, I struggle with handing things off to some stranger. I know, I get it! I have put blood, sweat, and tears into this business and I know how hard it is to trust someone else, someone you don’t even know, to care as much as you do. But we do. There ARE VAs out there that truly do care about YOUR business and making it as successful as it can possibly bee. So, this is what you do. You partner with a VA. Yes, you are paying them, but shift your mindset from finding someone who can type to finding someone you have chemistry with. You can do that.
That is it. That is the hardest part. The rest is cake my fine friend.
I’M AFRAID THEY WILL MESS SOMETHING UP
Ok, let us be honest – this is our greatest fear, right? It is mine! I am going to give them something to do and they are going to mess it up or it isn’t going to be what I wanted and I’m just going to have to do it myself anyway.
So, when you initially spoke with the VA you hired, did they have good referrals? And you made sure they had the skills you needed to do the work you anticipate needing support with? Did see samples of any of their past work? And they seemed like the kind of person you would like to work with?
Right. That is our monkey mind trying to protect us. If this is a concern, start your VA out with a smaller, less complicated task and see how that goes. Regardless of the level of ability, it takes time to get to know each other and how you work together, so allow some time for that.
I’M AFRAID THEY WILL FIND ME OUT
Again, speaking from experience here – we want to think we know it all – but we do NOT. And guess what – that is perfectly okay. Again, if you have good chemistry with your VA, they probably already know you do not know it all, so you are off the hook there. No one knows everything.
I’M AFRAID I WON’T GET MY MONEY’S WORTH
There are many cost advantages to hiring a VA versus a traditional employee. (You could backlink here to HOW MUCH IS NOT HAVING A VA COSTING YOU?) One of the main advantages is that you are only paying for the time the VA is working on your project. Also, statistically, remote workers are more productive and happier. And remember, you set the amount of time you want your VA to work on each project, you set the budget, so you do not have to worry about getting overcharged.
Well, those were the concerns that came to the top of my mind when hiring a VA. I hope this helped allay your fears. If not, I would love to hear from you! Let me know if there are any other questions or concerns you have about hiring a VA and I will do my best to address them.