Hiring a Virtual Assistant is a big deal.
We understand that as a business owner you want to protect your business as much as possible, and that’s why you try to manage everything yourself. It’s not easy to do it all on your own, a big part of being a successful business owner is knowing when you need help.
How do you know when it’s time to bring a team member (VA) onboard?:
- You can’t get on top of your to-do list no matter how many hours you work;
- You start ignoring small tasks to make room for more significant tasks thinking the smaller ones can wait (they end up not getting done…); and
- Bigger tasks also start to suffer because there aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done.
Does this sound like you?
If you answered yes, then it’s time to start thinking about hiring someone to help you with all the things that are not getting done. It’s time to hire a virtual assistant.
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Here are a few significant advantages of working with a virtual assistant:
- They are self-employed and therefore responsible for their taxes, pension and insurances
- They have their office/workspace, computer, internet services, phone services, so you don’t have any expenses for overheads
- They pay for their software subscriptions and tools, another cost-saving benefit to you
- They are available for short-term, long-term and project work
- You only pay for the time they work, not for downtime
- They have experience in what they offer, you don’t have to train them
Here is a condensed list of general tasks that you can outsource to a VA (note VA’s also specialize in certain niches and skillsets):
- Email management
- Calendar management
- Customer service
- Travel planning
- File storage and organization
- Data entry and document & database management
- Researching and lead generation
- Taking minutes of online meetings
- Social media management
- Content writing/proofreading/copy editing, and so much more!
Here are our best tips for working with a virtual assistant:
- Understand that they are not an employee but an independent contractor
- Consider them as part of your team, a business partner if you prefer who has your business’s best interest at heart
- Virtual assistants work well on their own and should not be micromanaged
- Understand who you are hiring and for what task. Don’t expect them to perform a task that is not within their skillset
- Praise goes a long way. If your virtual assistant is performing well, tell him/her so that they know that they are doing a good job
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A few things to consider before hiring your virtual assistant:
- We support virtual assistant business owners by listing them in our VA Directory. They are screened and come recommended by The VA Finishing School
- Do your due diligence before hiring. This means look at their profile, look at their website and social media profiles and set up a discovery call with them
- VA rates vary from one contractor to the next. This is dependant on skillset, geographical location and experience
- There is a difference between a virtual assistant (VA), online business manager (OBM) and project manager (PM)
- Members listed in our directory has completed our mentoring programs/courses/workshops
Now that you know what to expect when hiring a virtual assistant go ahead and visit our VA Directory to find a virtual assistant to help you in your business.