Why hire a Virtual Assistant? For some, it’s a necessity, driven by a desire to keep up with demand. For others though, it’s a smart, strategic move to make. Here’s why.
Why hire a Virtual Assistant?
Why hire a Virtual Assistant? It’s a question any sole business owner, who’s used to working alone, may ask. After all, things are ticking along nicely - and isn’t it just business owners who are struggling, that need the help of a Virtual Assistant? You may be surprised to know that I do not see it that way. I feel that anyone who owns/runs a business, who wants a profitable and successful business, should hire a Virtual Assistant.
Many types of businesses, Including, entrepreneurs, sole traders and charities use the services of a Virtual Assistant.
For some, they hire a Virtual Assistant because they cannot fit anymore tasks/times into their working day. They know things have slipped and do not have a good handle on things. The skills a Virtual Assistant has, you can utilise to benefit your business.
But for other business owners, hiring a Virtual Assistant is a strategic move. Their business is doing well, they’re keeping on top of things and everything is heading in the right direction. So why hire a Virtual Assistant?
Here’s a few reasons why hiring a Virtual Assistant is something all business owners should do.
Save you money
You recognise that your business is growing and you need to have a team around you, though you are not quite ready or have enough for a full time or even part time member of staff. A virtual Assistant is a great start. Why? Because it costs less and they can do more.
Lower salaries and operating costs - as a Virtual Assistant is a remote, freelance worker, you do not have the costs of recruitment, there’s no employee salary, or overhead costs (internet/computer/phone).
You do not have to cough up for holiday, sick pay, or even training courses.
Best of all you only pay for the work that is done and the hours (or as in my case minutes) used.
A Virtual Assistant can carry out tasks traditionally managed by other roles in a business. For example, a Virtual Assistant can look after your customer service, administrative tasks, social media management, online content creation and even basic website maintenance.
Think about it, you hire an employee, you will need to invest time and resources into training them within different aspects of the job, you will need to set up an office space and equipment too. While a Virtual Assistant can hit the ground running, as they excel on specific tasks, so you won’t need to worry about training them.
Protect your time
I think you would agree that time is precious. No matter how great a superhuman you are, there are only so many hours in the day - you cannot change that, so it is vital to manage your time effectively. There are some jobs that are crucial for the business to run smoothly but are not worth you spending valuable time doing yourself.
Handling customer enquiries,
Do you know what you are worth an hour? (to calculate your hourly rate, take your monthly or annual income goal and divide it by the number of hours you intend to work during that period of time e.g. £250000 (annual income goal) divided by 2000 (working hours)equals £125 per hour).
Review all your business tasks, not matter how small or how big,
Which of these are you currently carrying out? (basic admin, organising meeting, managing your inbox etc.)
Are there tasks that only you can do?
Now ask yourself these 2 questions (1) Are these tasks worth my hourly rate? (2) Is it more cost-effective to hire a Virtual Assistant to manage these tasks?
Take your business to the next level
If you’re looking to achieve bigger goals, higher financial targets and to make a bigger impact on your customers, I think you will agree, you can’t do that alone. The smart business owner knows, if you want to get to the next level, you’re going to need a Virtual Assistant, and for those business owners, it isn’t a case of asking Why hire a Virtual Assistant? It is more of a question as to Why not hire a Virtual Assistant!
A Virtual Assistant will become a valuable part of you and your business quite often they will be the person who has the widest range of usable skills to bring to your business - skills that will certainly help you take your business to the next level.
So the next question you need to ask your self is, where do I find a Virtual Assistant?