It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re an entrepreneur. So many things to do, so little time. But you don’t need to do everything by yourself. Those little tasks you insist on doing take up so much time that you’re left with little time to do higher value work. It may be time to delegate some of the tasks to a virtual assistant.
Do you need a helping hand with the day-to-day operations of your business? Are you thinking of hiring more employees but you don’t have enough budget?
If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, then you might want to consider hiring a virtual assistant, or VA, for short.
As the term implies, “virtual assistants” communicate via computer (online). Most virtual assistants work from their own homes, as independent contractors or freelancers. They are based in a location that’s different from their client. A different town, city, region, or country.
Here’s how hiring a virtual assistant can help you grow your business:
1 – Virtual assistants can perform a variety of tasks.
The common misconception is that VAs perform administrative and secretarial tasks only. In reality, a virtual assistant works with a remote client, on any task that can be done online. Work can be administrative, secretarial, creative, or technical.
Common VA tasks are writing, doing research, creating presentations, receiving calls, responding to emails, appointment setting, and handling other communications. Likewise, they can take care of bookkeeping, invoicing, and managing your business accounts.
You may hire a virtual assistant to focus on project management, customer service, recruitment, graphic design, web design, web development, marketing, client management, or leading a team of other assistants.
Need help with your personal life? You know, you can hire a VA to be your personal assistant who will take care of your schedule or your travels, your personal emails and calls, or buy things for you online.
Simply provide the details and your VA will do it for you.
2 – Virtual assistants can help you save time.
As you can see, a VA can handle tasks that are time-consuming: fielding calls, setting appointments, and updating records. As a result, you are free to focus on other aspects of the business, such as product development, promotional campaigns, or seeking investors.
Having a virtual assistant relieves you of repetitive, time-consuming tasks. This gives you more time to enhance your products, advertise, or expand your business. In time, you may even find yourself having to hire more virtual assistants or full-time employees!
3 – Virtual assistants can help you save costs.
Since most virtual assistants work as independent contractors or freelancers, you don’t necessarily have to pay for benefits that come with hiring full-time (or even part-time) employees. These benefits include health insurance and retirement plans.
Of course, see to it that you have an official agreement with your VA. He or she could work for you through a “per hour” or “per project” basis, depending on your needs. In any case, it helps to have a formal, written contract so that everything is made clear between you and your VA.
Ready to hire a VA?
If you need a helping hand but you aren’t ready to hire additional, full-time employees, then hiring virtual assistants could be your best option. Not only can they do a variety of tasks of your business; they can also help you save precious time as well as money.
Think about it. You can easily tap this global talent pool at your fingertips.
Ready to get help for your business? Contact Athena Online to hire your virtual assistant.