Taking time to clearly identify your desired outcomes is an important first step in determining if you’re ready to hire an author assistant, but it is not the only method for evaluating this decision.
A tool commonly used to assess the value of business strategies is a Cost Benefit Analysis. This process entails three steps:
1. Identify and quantify potential risks/costs.
2. Identify and quantify potential benefits/gains.
3. Compare the projected risks and benefits. If the gains exceed the costs, you may want to consider hiring an assistant.
Another, less complex tool to assess the value of this business strategy is to brainstorm a list of pros and cons. Identifying potential drawbacks can help you anticipate and prepare for potential complications in hiring an assistant. For example, if one of the cons is trusting a stranger with confidential information such as user IDs and passwords, possible solutions might include starting out by assigning tasks that don’t require confidential information to establish trust or researching if they can be added to your existing account as a user with limited privileges.
Yet another method for assessing the benefit of hiring an assistant is to calculate the value of time gained in words per hour. If you average 600 words per hour when writing, hiring an assistant for five hours a week would allow you to complete an additional 3,000 words per week. If you happen to write 12,000-word novellas, you could potentially complete an additional story every month!
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