For many of us, there’s a big difference between doing things and making things happen. And as the world becomes increasingly competitive and global, the line only grows blurrier.
That is why more professionals than ever before are hiring assistants to help them achieve their goals. NCR Report Cards has some more reasons why you need an assistant in 2021.
If you’re still on the fence about whether or not you need an assistant , we’re here for you.
Here’s 13 reasons why you’ll need one in 2021:
1) You live in a country that is less stable than it once was:
A new report released by Freedom House (a United States think tank) found that “overall democracy scores declined across many countries in 2017”. This means instability, political instability, and uncertainty are on the rise.
But why is this bad? Well, it’s not. It’s great! But it does slow down or delay real progress towards anything (nobody wants to make real progress when everything is in flux).
2) You’re running out of time:
The Internet has made multitasking easier than ever, but also more difficult than ever. Many of us are now responsible for too many things at once.
The problem with that is that our brains simply can’t handle all the work anymore (or they don’t want to). We need help with this burden so we can focus on what truly matters.
3) You’re a social entrepreneur:
Social entrepreneurs have two jobs: solve problems and sell what they’ve created. But in order to do the latter, you’ve still got to sort through all of your problem-solving emails, proposals, and business plans.
4) You want to be a manager:
A lot of us have our eye on being a manager one day. It’s a position that requires more responsibility and organization than ever before which means better communication with both above and below you in your organization.
Hiring an assistant is a great way to develop that communication in a low-pressure situation before you actually start managing people.
5) You don’t have time to say “no”:
The same study published by Freedom House that found democracy declining up and down the world also found that more people are looking for work in what are known as ‘high-skill, high-wage’ jobs.
But because of increased global competition, it also means more competition for the top jobs. Everything is moving twice as fast now. The pressure to be productive is higher than ever, so you’ll need someone who can help you manage your time effectively.
6) You’re on the way to speaking another language:
One of the most frustrating things about language learning is that it takes so long. With an assistant, you can devote all your time and energy to actually speaking and understanding new words, phrases, and conversations.
An assistant will help with the basics so you can focus on practical conversation. It’s like having a tutor on steroids!
7) You need specialized help with your business:
We’ve talked about social entrepreneurs above. Of course, they aren’t the only ones who hire assistants. It is also popular with small businesses and startups.
The more niche your business is, the more specialized your needs will become and you’ll need an assistant to help you serve them. Luckily for you, we’re here to help with that.
8) You want to do what others don’t:
It is human nature to look at other people and wonder what makes them so great. In fact, there are a lot of things that make people successful and luck plays a large role in many of them! But for many of us, we want to go against the grain and be our own person.
That means taking risks others won’t take. If you’re not afraid to be different, an assistant can help you take those risks and stick with them.
9) You believe that time is your most valuable asset:
In order to grow your knowledge, grow your impact, and learn from failure, you need to allocate time in a way people appreciate.
Most of us don’t have a lot of time but we still want success. An assistant can free you up to do the things that will help you get there faster, and still provide great services in the meantime.
10) You have a lot going on:
It’s important to keep in mind that there are two sides of the equation here: employer and employee. You want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your assistant, but you also want them to get the most out of their job.
Don’t forget that they’re still putting in time and effort with you, so look for someone who will contribute to your success by being good at what they do.
11) You have a lot of personality quirks:
The boss-employee relationship can be intense. But behind closed doors, it’s okay for you to have personality quirks too! Sometimes certain actions or habits are just inevitable, not necessarily because they are right or wrong, but simply because that is the way you are.
It’s okay for us all to have habits that aren’t always great for our bottom line. With an assistant, you can be the boss and your assistant can still be yourself.
12) You don’t want to spend half your time taking care of someone else:
It’s frustrating. Especially if you’re just starting out in this game, it’s easy to find yourself taking on too much responsibility or becoming too dependent on someone else.
You need to focus on doing what only you can do in order to achieve your business goals. That means developing certain skills that your assistant will be able to help you with when they become necessary (as well as when they become unnecessary!).
13) You need someone to help you manage your time:
Managing your time well is vital for success. You need to know what your priorities are, what needs to be accomplished today, and who else will be helping you accomplish it by the end of the day. Do you have an assistant? Great!
We’d love for you to hire one! Or if not, then here’s a bonus hint: if you’re still looking for that manager position then this is also why.