If you’re just starting your business, you probably don’t have enough capital to hire full-time staff. However, to grow your business in most circumstances, you’re going to have to find someone to help with the day-to-day tasks. So rather than ask family or friends to volunteer their free time, why not hire a part-time virtual assistant? It’s doable.
But it can be hard to see how brilliant of an investment it is for one to hire a Virtual Assistant, but don’t let that stop you! Reading on you will see several things that will relieve you of the stress, overwhelm and time loss of running your business.
The following are what makes hiring a Virtual Assistant will be a brilliant investment this year!
But wait what and who is a Virtual Assistant (VA)? Here’s a great definition for you: Gartner Glossary: Virtual Assistant Defined
No Office Space Required
A virtual assistant can work from anywhere. This can save you a lot of money when it comes to renting and furnishing an office space. So, when hiring a VA, make sure to ask how they work – do they have a home office? Do they have a computer with a reliable Internet connection? Are they available to work during the hours you require? Hire someone who meets all of your requirements – be patient in this process, as you may have to interview several people before finding the most suitable person for the job.
Pay Rates Vary
Depending on where your Virtual Assistant lives, hourly rates will vary considerably. Pay rates may also vary depending on experience and workload. An experienced VA with knowledge of specific software, database or computer operating systems will almost invariably charge significantly more than a VA with limited experience. So, if you’re on a tight budget, consider hiring someone with limited experience (with a fantastic attitude) that you can train up over time.
Another option is, rather than hire a VA to complete various tasks that pop up each month, consider hiring a VA to complete a dedicated set of tasks, maybe daily to start. This way, you can quickly determine how many hours you’ll need their services for on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to stay on budget.
Hire the People You Need – When You Need Them
Do you need an experienced bookkeeper, social media guru or an attentive personal virtual assistant? If so, consider hiring two or three part-time Virtual Assistant’s to complete these and other business tasks instead of just one person. Most businesses, especially startups, experience periods of growth and stagnation before settling into an even flow. By hiring multiple VAs instead of a full-time member of staff, you can maintain your budget by increasing or decreasing the amount of work you’re outsourcing because in most cases, virtual assistants are only paid for their hours on task.
The key here is to hire VAs who can perform varying amounts of work each month. So, while some VAs require you to commit to a set number of hours each month, other VAs prefer to work with multiple clients on an ‘as-needed’ basis.
More Time to Focus on Building Your Business
With a virtual assistant supporting you, you’ll be able to spend more quality time with clients and customers. You can also focus on ways to grow and expand your business instead of fixating on day-to-day details. In turn, your business will likely become far more profitable over time.
To help you maintain this focus, your VA can update and manage your calendar, plan business trips and efficiently relay specific information to clients and customers. Down the line, and as your budget increases, you can delegate additional tasks to your VAs, such as generating leads, managing your website and anything else you can realistically hand over!
Reduce Your Stress
Become a better leader by getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating a proper diet and spending time engaging in hobbies and other life pursuits you’re passionate about – essentially, find ways of keeping your stress level to a minimum at all times. As you can see, a virtual assistant can help alleviate an array of pressures within your day-to-day business operations, which greatly reduces your stress so you can remain focused and excited about your business in the months and years ahead.
If you wish you had more time to focus on building your business, instead of just working on all the small tasks that never seem to end, literally what seems like day in and day out? Resonates with you, yes? Then you’ll likely be very receptive to the tips in this article for hiring one or more excellent VAs to take care of the day-to-day operations in your business that don’t require an in-person presence!
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