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If you work alone, own a small business, or are even running a major department, there may come a time when you need a right-hand man (or woman) to lighten the load. It is not always clear as to when or why an assistant may be in order, but if you are thinking about it, you are likely a good candidate to find someone who can work alongside you to join your career endeavors.

There are plenty of people of all ages who are well-suited to help, learn, grow, and prosper as you reach new heights at work thanks to their assistance. Don't consider your need for an assistant a lack of ability on your part, think of it as a sign that you have reached a new place in your career where you can no longer go it alone. They say, "It's lonely at the top," so why not have someone with your best interest at heart along for the ride?

Here are 4 signs you may need an assistant. Make plans to hire a competent and like-minded person for the role as soon as possible, before you are in over your head.

You're Losing Track

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Are you forgetting to call back important clients, missing deadlines, forgetting where you left your meeting notes, or calling in late for conference calls? With so much on your plate, it can become difficult to keep everything in order. An assistant is the answer to handle your scheduling and to-dos, so you can concentrate on the bigger picture. Find someone who is organized and communicative, and you'll stay on track thanks to their administrative skills.

You Can't Keep Up

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When you are responsible for so much, it can start to feel like you are struggling to stay above water. You can't stay on pace and you start to fall behind. As The Cubicle Chick notes, "The pile is getting bigger, not smaller, and the quality of work is beginning to suffer because of it." This will not become any better unless you vow to never sleep, or better yet, hire an assistant.

As per Daily Worth, "If you see anything you can outsource, do it (if) you're working as hard as ever, but feel like you're not getting anything done."

You Can't Take on New Business

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The goal in business is to grow, not to slow. If you are swamped as is, how can you take on new clients to expand your company and increase your chance for success? As per The Cubicle Chick, "Turning down work that you want to do but can't is a sure sign that you need an assistant on hand."

According to Your Coffee Break, "You are throwing away the potential to make more money because you are weighed down by smaller tasks that you need to get out of the way." Allow an assistant to deal with the minutia so you can make new connections and create momentum.

You're Super-Stressed

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We all suffer from some degree of workplace stress, but if you feel like you are drowning, you could use an assistant to breathe new life into you. You will be able to delegate tasks to get yourself to a place that is more manageable.

The Cubicle Chick suggests asking yourself, "Are you suffering from more headaches and migraines than normal? If your blood pressure high?" These are signs of stress and can be lessened when there is someone assisting you to lessen your out-of-control workload. With less stress, you will be able to think more clearly, make more progress, and reach your goals with a calm and collected attitude.

Think it's time for a helping hand? Plenty of go-getters are ready for hire!

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