What exactly is a virtual assistant (VA)?
A Virtual Assistant is someone who works for a company or individual remotely. They can perform a wide variety of tasks and some have more general abilities while others are specialized, much the same way as an in-person employee.
How many times have you had to take care of the mundane tasks of your business? You dread doing it, but you know you have to in order to grow? Maybe checking your email, sending an invoice, following up with clients, or posting on social media. A Virtual Assistant can take these things off your plate so you can get back to doing what you love in your business.
Hiring a Virtual Assistant can be very beneficial. They can save you time, money, drama, help around the clock (depending on what time zone they’re in), a broader employee pool (since you can hire internationally), and they don’t require office space. With so many benefits it’s definitely something worth looking into.
5 Most Common Concerns When Hiring a VA
But as with any new idea, you may have concerns. Here are the 5 most common concerns and how to address them.
A Virtual Assistant will cost too much.
You might be thinking a VA will cost too much, especially if you’ve researched how much a VA can charge. The average pay for a VA can range anywhere from $25-$100/hour. You might see this and instantly think about how much most people in a work place are paid and think this is entirely too much. But they will not be receiving any benefits, retirement, PTO, and they still have to pay their own taxes out of that pay. After you take into consideration all of this, it will actually save you money.
I don’t know if I can trust a VA.
This is a fair concern, but the truth is it’s hard to know if you can trust someone when you hire them in person, as well. How do you know they are actually working the hours they say they are? How do you know they won’t ghost you in the middle of a project? The truth is, you won’t know. But do you actually know that about any employee? With any employee, the most important thing to focus on is the employee’s performance. If that employee gets your results, that is why you hired them!
What can a VA do?
You can hire a Virtual Assistant for a myriad of tasks. Write down all of the tasks you do that take time out of your day that you could delegate to someone else. These things are what you hire a VA for. Another way to look at this is to think of the things you are great at in your business. This should be about 3 or 4 things. Everything not listed can be delegated out to a VA. Michael Hyatt says this best, “Stay focused on what you do best and figure out how to offload the rest”. Would you like a list of things you can outsource? Click here for this FREE resource.
Where do I find a VA?
Looking for a VA can be intimidating if you don’t know where to look. Some good places to start are project-based sites like Upwork or Fiverr, or you can try a VA agency that locates, hires, and trains qualified VA’s. Another fantastic resource is Facebook! There are many Facebook groups you can go to to find a reputable VA and find recommendations.
I don’t know how many hours to hire them for.
The best way to decide how many hours you need them for it to time how long it takes you to do these tasks. This is how many hours you’ll need them for. Chances are they will be even more efficient than you! This is a huge advantage to hiring a VA. Most of the time companies hire employees for a forty-hour work week without even knowing if they need them for the full amount of time, so a lot of their time is spent chatting with others, wandering around the office or on Facebook. If you hire a VA, they will only work the amount of time they are hired for and all of the time is dedicated to the work they’re doing for you. No bathroom breaks, lunches or Facebook scrolling time is ever included.
Hiring a Virtual Assistant can be the best thing for you and your business. They will be able to take things off your plate so you can get back to doing what you love in your business. Your business will grow in ways it couldn’t have without the help of a VA.
For more questions about hiring a Virtual Assistant, or if you’re in the market for a VA, feel free to book a call. I’m always happy to provide more information about Virtual Assistants and how they can be an asset to your business – and to see if I would be the right fit for you and your company.