Having your own private practice can be a bit like having a child.
The moment it comes into this world, you devote yourself to making certain it thrives. You spend every waking hour nurturing it— and, often times, most hours when you should be sleeping soundly, too. You watch it grow minute to minute, year to year. You lose sleep at the mere thought of something going wrong; you give it all you have and then some; and you rarely take your watchful eye off of it.
That’s what a good mother does, and that’s also what a good entrepreneur does, too. But just like a mother needs to hire a sitter for an occasional night on the town with girlfriends, or a couple of hours here and there to pamper herself, a good entrepreneur needs to understand that she simply cannot do it all herself.
"You may very well be Wonder Woman herself, but there is no world in which you can manage all of your administrative tasks, market your practice well, be home in time for supper with your family, have some semblance of a social life every third Friday of the month, AND show up 100% for your patients."
Here’s the long and short of it: In order to be a successful entrepreneur and, more importantly, a valuable therapist, you need time to fill the well. You may very well be Wonder Woman herself, but there is no world in which you can manage all of your administrative tasks, market your practice well, be home in time for supper with your family, have some semblance of a social life every third Friday of the month, AND show up 100% for your patients. Perhaps you can manage it for a little while, but it is not sustainable, and you will burn out. You deserve better than that.
"Someone somewhere tried to do everything by themselves for so long that burnout chased them down, and eventually, they summoned the courage to ask for help."
I don’t know where or when the profession of ‘virtual assistant’ came into existence, but I can only guess that it was the result of a cry for help, followed by a practical solution. Someone somewhere tried to do everything by themselves for so long that burnout chased them down, and eventually, they summoned the courage to ask for help. Over the course of time, that someone somewhere learned to delegate tasks regularly, the “taskee” acknowledged that they were good at what they do and wanted to continue to help, and together, they made it a consistent thing.
Even still, virtual assistance as a profession is little known. In fact, you yourself might even be wondering: What exactly does a virtual assistant do?
Essentially, a virtual assistant is a person to whom you can outsource certain specialized tasks. It may very well be the case that your practice doesn’t really need a full-time marketing director, so a virtual assistant who accomplishes specific tasks in a matter of billable hours makes more sense for your business model. Furthermore, because virtual assistants tend to specialize in a specific area (i.e. marketing, balancing your books, administrative tasks, etc.), the quality of work you are getting back is that much better.
As if we haven’t given you enough reasons yet, the right virtual assistant is going to get to know you and your practice. Unlike freelance outsourcing sites, for example, where a person typically sees a dollar amount and accomplishes a task for you without much of a second thought, a virtual assistant wants to see you thrive and will learn the ins-and-outs of your practice, in order to do so.
"...we can't speak for virtual assistants everywhere. We can only guarantee that our virtual assistants at The Revitalized Therapist will... work tooth and nail to see your practice thrive."
Of course, we can’t speak for virtual assistants everywhere. We can only guarantee that our virtual assistants at The Revitalized Therapist will do exactly that: Evaluate your goals and bring your vision to life, work tooth and nail to see your practice thrive, ensure the quality of your products are 100%, and give you your every-third-Friday-of-the-month-night-out back. We invite you to take a look at our marketing services and reach out to us to chat about an individualized strategic plan.
You have the courage to ask for help, just like that very first “someone somewhere.” You just need to summon it.
1/13/2022 06:29:23 pm
Thanks for pointing out that a virtual assistant is a person to whom someone can outsource certain specialized tasks. I would imagine that any therapist would want to streamline processes to finish their tasks quickly. I think they should look for virtual assistants who can answer calls, texts, and emails and also record payments at an affordable rate.
1/13/2022 06:31:10 pm
It's interesting that you also need a hand to handle all of your tasks. I have a cousin who is a therapist who is hoping to find a virtual assistant that can help him with his schedules and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to consider. You did a great job of explaining how consulting trusted virtual assistance can benefit him and his work.
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