When you run a small business you are going to find that at times you don’t have enough time for everything you need to do. Whether it is the administrative tasks, website updates or simply sending out emails; hiring a virtual assistant might just be the ideal solution.
What can a VA do for you?
There are a wide range of tasks that you can hire a virtual assistant for.
These can be daily, weekly or as and when you need them and vary from social media marketing, SEO, WordPress maintenance and blog management to the more traditional personal assistant services including office support and appointment setting. It really is down to what you need and the specialist areas of business of the VA you choose.
If you are considering hiring a virtual assistant but not sure if it is going to be the right move for your business then take a look at these benefits.
It frees up your time
Every business owner wants to make money right? So why spend time sending out invoices, replying to enquiries or researching and posting on social media? By doing these tasks yourself you are not making any money for your business.
They are flexible
When you employ somebody then you will need to hold them to a contract, setting out hours that they will work. This may not suit every business, especially those that have seasonal peaks and troughs. Instead of hiring someone directly, why not contract a freelance VA instead? You can ask them to work for you as and when you need them.
More affordable than hiring an employee
Whilst you may think that paying out for a VA seems like an extravagance, when you compare it to the costs associated to hiring an employee it really is a more affordable option.
Why is this? Well, for a start you are not providing any office space or equipment for them to work from. They won’t require you to pay benefits such as a pension or taxes and you won’t need to pay for any training or development as this is something that they will already have.
Best of all, as we have already seen above, you only pay when you need them, meaning that you can hire someone based on your own budget at that time.
” Most small business owners have limited time and expertise. Hiring a virtual assistant allows the business to grow by allowing the business owner to hire for skill and/or to assign the VA tasks that are not income generating ” Michelle Mangen from thevirtualasst.com
Finding the right VA for you
Now you have decided that a VA is going to be right for your business, you will need to set out to find the perfect one.
There are a variety of options to consider when looking to hire a virtual assistant:
Independent worker or agency worker? Finding a reliable, trustworthy VA is going to be pretty high on your list of considerations, so this may mean that you turn to an agency who has a database of different VA’s for you to choose from.
However, in doing this you will often have to pay a finding fee or even a monthly fee to the agency. Independent, freelance VA’s can be just as good quality and you can often find them on freelance websites where you can see feedback and ratings from previous clients.
Make sure they are the right fit. Just like when you hire a new employee, a VA that you instruct to work for you should be the right fit for your business. It is important to interview them face to face if they are local to you (or by Skype if distance is an issue). There is a good chance that you will want to entrust them to make some important decisions, so you will want to ensure that they won’t jeopardise your good name.
How much can you afford? Another important consideration is your own budget. It is likely that more qualified, established VA’s will cost you more to hire; so if budget is no issue then these are the best bet for you.
For those companies that have a tighter budget, you may want to consider looking for a start-up or new VA who still possesses all the skills you need, but may accept a lower rate in order to gain experience and referrals. That way, you not only pay less for the service, but you will also grow and develop with the VA, making sure that you work well together.
No matter what VA you choose, there really is no argument that they will become a truly useful and important addition to the everyday running of your business.
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