When you first launch your business, you’re in total control. But as you grow, you’ll likely find yourself with more tasks to complete than there are minutes in the day. And that can leave you feeling overwhelmed and overworked.
One of the best solutions is to bring on an assistant to handle more administrative day-to-day tasks. But many entrepreneurs struggle with the decision to hire another employee.
So, is it time to expand your team? Here are three major signs that you need relief.
Sign #1: You Have More Tasks Than You Can Handle
The biggest tell-tale sign that you need to hire an assistant is having waaay too much on your plate. When you feel you’re working harder than ever but not making any progress or your to-do list never gets any shorter, it’s time to start delegating some of your work.
You’d be surprised at how much time you can free up by having an assistant take care of some of your tasks. Plus, when you’re not underwater with daily tasks, you can devote more attention and energy to hitting your big-picture goals.
Sign #2: You Expect Your Growth to Continue
When your business is growing, the workload can be overwhelming. There are suddenly more clients to interact with, more requests to fulfill, more admin tasks to complete and more details to keep up with. For some business owners, this is just a matter of adjustment – you settle in to the new normal and find your flow again.
But if you expect your business to keep expanding, then you should expect the amount and type of tasks to grow too. Get ahead of the stress by bringing on an assistant to help you through those hectic times.
Sign #3: You Want More Free Time
Being busy isn’t always a bad thing, but being busy 24/7 can lead to burnout. Even if you can handle all your tasks on your own, that doesn’t mean you should. If you’re burnt out, you won’t be able to reach your fullest potential – personally or professionally.
Remember, your free time is just as important as the time you spend working on your business. You need to take time for yourself, whether it’s tackling necessities like cleaning the kitchen or spending an evening binge-watching your favorite show. A healthy work-life balance is important if you want to achieve success in the long run.
Bringing on an assistant isn’t a decision to make on a whim, but hiring someone to help can make your life easier and your business even better. If you have more tasks than you can handle, you expect your business to grow or you need to create a healthier work-life balance, now might be the time to hire another employee.
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