When to start considering an assistant is an important question for all employers. There are several things you need to look at to answer this. Is it necessary to hire an assistant? What exactly do you need an assistant to do? Do you need full or part time? Can you afford it? Let us take a look at these questions to establish when a good time is.
Is it necessary, may be the easiest question to answer. If you are daily running out of time to get everything you need done, or are unable to fulfill all the orders your business is generating, it is a good sign you want to consider hiring an assistant. Also: when you are receiving complaints due to late deadlines, missed orders or poor service, you will probably want to consider help. If you are becoming more caught up in the day to day duties of your company, and not the creative aspect you started the company for, an assistant is a good possibility.
Next find out what exactly you need an assistant to do for you. In most cases it is the administrative duties. Like taking calls, outgoing client calls, or website management. All of these are time consuming and can detract from the quality of the final product if not done correctly. If these are the areas slowing your company down, looking for an assistant is a good idea.
How big of a work load you have for an assistant is important to know as well. Is having an employee work four hours a day enough to help things run smoother, or are you busy enough that a full time assistant is the best move? If you know what you need your possible employee to do, you can tabulate the time required to figure that out. This can give you an added benefit of finding out how much hiring an assistant will cost you. With a little research you can find out the going rate for an assistant.
By answering the above questions you can decide if looking for an assistant is needed, and if you can afford it. Once that is decided you can decide what type you want, if it is administrative, or website management, most of that can be done online. The digital world of today has many avenues for online assistants. When you are researching the going rate for an assistant you can also research going the digital route which is becoming the preferred way for young businesses.
There are now many companies that do the looking for you. You can find the qualifications you need, verification of skills as well as credentials for the work you require. Online assistants are commonly contract workers and that cuts down on employee paperwork and taxes. Assistants who chose contract work like it that way as much as the employer does. It frees the both of you up to do what you would rather be doing. Most people doing contract work went to school for it and being an online assistant is a great opportunity for them, and you. When you do decide to hire an assistant, it is the next step in growing your business, congratulations.