For many business owners the time comes when they need to get help – either in the form of a Graphic Designer, Accountant, Marketing Consultant or a Lawyer – there will always be a need for skills outside of your own to keep your business profitable, manageable and growing.
These needs will vary depending on the nature of each business, but there is one common need that all businesses have and that is the performance of all of the administrative tasks that keep the bigger picture running smoothly: filing, email and data management, invoice processing, social media, blog research, etc. (see my Services page for a more complete list).
Most business owners start out doing these tasks themselves, only to find as their business grows so do the amount of administrative tasks!
Suddenly, your business is at the point where the administrative load is taking too much of your time and you have less and less time to devote to growing your business. Except you are in a position where hiring a full time administrative professional at a full time salary is out of the question – but what can you do? Perhaps it’s time to consider a Virtual Assistant (VA).
The Single Biggest Advantage to Hiring a Virtual Assistant
As a Virtual Assistant (and therefore business owner myself), I believe the single biggest advantage in hiring a VA is paying only for the time you need and being able to tailor this time specifically to the tasks you would like performed in order to effectively decrease your workload.
How Can a Virtual Assistant Save Me Money?
Simple math! Your billable hours are probably at a higher rate than your Virtual Assistant. By delegating tasks to your VA, you are saving yourself time, which in turn saves you money – the difference between your billable rate and your VA’s.
But it doesn’t end there! This is where the value of your time comes in: the time you save delegating tasks to your Virtual Assistant can be spent creating new business (in whatever form that is – products, networking, etc.).
Or, as frequently is the case in life and entrepreneurship, maybe you really need to put some balance back into your personal life in the form of quality time – for your health, relationships or education.
Remember always, before hiring your VA you will definitely need to prepare:
- A specific list of tasks that your VA can do for you
- Your budget for these tasks
- Your process, tools and desired results for each task
- Your communication plan with your VA
These are very important to a successful working relationship with your Virtual Assistant and most VA’s will ask you for this information upon your initial consultation. Your Virtual Assistant also should be able to help you organize and prioritize your task list and possibly recommend more efficient ways to perform them.
As a Virtual Assistant and business owner I recognize that I need to place value on my time and so should you. A Virtual Assistant is a Partner in your success. I’m invested in seeing your business flourish and grow because that success is a reflection of my own.
And, to be honest, I’m an ‘admin geek’ as well, but that’s a store for another day.
Here’s to making the most of your time!
If you wish to contact me with questions or regarding my Virtual Assistant services please send me a note through my Contact page here.