I have a neighbor who just bought a mountain bike.  

He calls me and says “Hey, we need to go riding!  I got a bike!”

I’m like, No…we can’t ride right now, the trails are all snowed over or muddy.

He bought it.

But that’s not the real reason why I don’t want to take him on a ride.

The real reason is he’s not ready.  

It’s cold outside. Real cold.
If I take him on a ride he’s not going to be prepared for the cold, he’s going to be miserable, then he’ll be hesitant to ever ride again.  He’ll be jaded.  He’ll have a negative feeling in his brain all winter and when it’s warm out he won’t be excited to ride. 

So I said no. Now’s not the right time.

When is the right time to hire a VA?

I’ve always felt there’s a key indicator for most people.

When you have something in your business that 
– you know how to do
– its repeatable
– you feel like you could teach someone else to do it

It’s time to hire a VA.

If you
– don’t know what you’re doing in your business
– aren’t sure why you’re hiring a VA
– aren’t sure what they’ll do for you
– don’t really have something that works

It’s probably not time to hire a VA yet.

Here’s a more full explanation:

That key indicator doesn’t have to be the thing you’re going to outsource…but it’s a good indicator that you need help.