LOS ANGELES—This is the time of year when you sit down and write out your New Year’s resolutions—or at least tell your friends how you are vowing to improve your life. But New Year’s resolutions also apply to your business—and a virtual assistant should be on your list.

You should make hiring a virtual assistant a New Year’s resolution because a good virtual assistant can help you work smarter, faster and more efficiently than you ever thought possible. A well-trained virtual assistant can help you drive new revenue streams into your business in 2013 and find better work-life balance to boot.

Virtual assistants can handle tasks that you shouldn’t have to spend your time on, from customer service to social media and beyond. A good virtual assistant can take mundane tasks off your hands so that you can focus on your core capabilities, client meetings and revenue-producing work.

If you’ve never used a virtual assistant before, you may be skeptical about outsourcing some of your daily tasks. Heck, even if you have used a virtual assistant in the past you may be skeptical. Not all virtual assistants are created equal. That’s why it’s important to hire a virtual assistant that has been vetted and truly possesses the skills that you need to help you get the job done.

Virtual assistants can be a boon for your business in 2013. So don’t wait until June to get around to hiring a virtual assistant. Before the rat race cranks up to warp speed, take a few minutes now to find the ideal virtual assistant for your company. You’ll be glad you did.