Is it possible to reduce your daily workload, and double your annual business revenues at the same time? With a Virtual Assistant, both are very possible. A Virtual Assistant can do many things for you and your business.
The way you as a business owner accomplish more is to outsource, or delegate the non-revenue generating or moneymaking tasks to a Virtual Assistant or “VA.”
While there are many types of VAs out there, you want to contract with a high-level and highly skilled VA to get the most bang for your buck. Most VAs can handle administrative tasks given them, but what if you need someone to handle your WordPress Website, Blog writing and Comment moderating, Bookkeeping or Payroll, or even oversee other employees.
The following comments are by successful entrepreneurs who have been able to work less and earn more by delegating time-consuming tasks to virtual assistants:
“Frees you up from the clutches of your email inbox”
“Save your time for personal interests”
“Achieve your goals faster”
“Allows you time to focus on your core business functions”
“Reduce time and cost of managing employees”
“Reduce your workload”
“Helps you concentrate on building your brand”
“Allows someone else to concentrate on your social media marketing”
“Promotes your business online”
Just like hiring an employee, you cannot go out and hire any virtual assistant. You need to make sure they have some basic qualities, and depending on what you want to accomplish, that they have skills you will want further down the road.
The basic qualities should cover:
Their own office space and equipment
A flexible schedule
Multiple communication options
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Independent critical-thinking ability
Native English speaking
Someone who can suggest a better way of accomplishing a task.
If you choose your VA solely based on cost, you are unlikely to forge a long-term business relationship.
The pitfalls of hiring someone based solely on price are:
You may have to repeat instructions.
You will not be able to stop micro managing.
Your sleep will suffer, as you will constantly be worried about whether or not a project or task is being done the way you wanted.
You may end up doing the work yourself after all.
It has been said many times that if you want to succeed in business, you have to surround yourself with successful people. Extend this philosophy to your relationship with your Virtual Assistant whom you will be building a long-term relationship. Higher-level VAs tend to become an integral and important part of your business due to the characteristics they display and cultivate while building that business relationship.
Trust is a big issue with business partners, and more so with your VA. This person will become your sounding board; they will have access to your processes, procedures, and systems, and they will get to know all facets of your business. Make sure your Virtual Assistant is trustworthy, competent, and reliable.
While there are some tasks, you may be able to hire a low-level VA for, plan long-term and think ahead to what you may need in a month, or six months as your business grows from utilizing the VA’s skills.
There are many virtual assistants out there, but finding the most qualified, skilled and reliable one can be a daunting task. As a small-business owner themselves, virtual assistants are as concerned with your business success as they are with their own. You could say their success depends on your own success.
A virtual assistant can become one of the best assistants and business partners you have ever had. Take your time hiring the right one, and you will see your business growing in ways you imagined when you started the business.