What is a Virtual Assistant and How Can One Help Me?
The standard definition of a Virtual Assistant (VA) according to Wikipedia is: “an entrepreneur who provides professional administrative, technical, or creative assistance to clients from a home office.” Virtual Assistants work as independent contractors which enables them to work for a variety of different businesses charging for only the time they are actually working on a specific project. VAs use technology to perform these tasks remotely from an office, most of the time a home office. There are VA teams and companies who contract with many VAs as sort of employment agencies working with VAs.
Why hire a virtual assistant?
As a business owner it is near impossible for you to do everything on your own. Whether you have a strictly online business, a direct sales business, or a traditional bricks and mortar business you’re going to need help getting various tasks done either due to not enough hours in the day, or due to lack of skill. Thankfully, due to the wonders of computer technology, and the speed of broadband, you can contract with an entire team of professionals all without hiring a single employee. Virtual assistants come in many forms from administrative, to technical to very niche specific.
Hiring a virtual assistant (VA) can help you pass off various tasks to others so that you can concentrate on only the money makers in your business rather than tedious tasks that you don’t want to do but are still essential to a well run business such as bookkeeping, customer service, uploading information to your website, posting blog posts, article marketing and many, many other tasks. The great thing is that you can do all this without hiring a single employee, but rather instead you contract with an independent contractor that markets themselves as a Virtual Assistant.
Hiring a virtual assistant (VA) can help you take your business to the next level. It does not matter if you have a bricks and mortar business, or a solely online business, you can still hire a VA to do various tasks that either you find tedious, or that you don’t know how to do well. You can actually be holding yourself back from having a successful business if you don’t let go of some of these activities by assigning them to a VA.
When you hire a virtual assistant (VA) you only pay for the actual time spent on your tasks, not benefits, breaks, or extra taxes. In fact, everything you pay your VA is a deductible business expense, dollar for dollar. You don’t even pay for training because a VA is an expert in his or her niche. VAs can be terrific resources regarding technology and business organization so take advantage of that fact by asking your VA for advice regarding various aspects of your business. You can only find out new information if you ask the right questions.
The very best reason why to hire a virtual assistant is the time savings and freedom that you will experience due to outsourcing some of your tasks to a VA. You will once again regain your nights for movies and family, your weekends for time with your spouse and your friends all without even one employee being on the payroll. Instead, you’ll have an assistant who will be conducting these tasks on your behalf who cares about your return on investment because if you’re successful they are successful.
As you see, hiring an experienced and dependable virtual assistant to help you run your business can pay off in many ways. You’ll have more time for family, or other money making activities, and if you play your cards right you’ll have one or more experts at your finger tips to help make your business more successful than you ever dreamed possible.
Rebecca White has 17 years of virtual assistance experience.
Contact Rebecca White today for all your VA needs!