Are you constantly putting in long hours at your business? Missing out on important family events? If this sounds like you, then a virtual assistant may be the solution. What is a virtual assistant? I get asked this question every time someone asks me what do I do. And guess what, I always struggle with defining a virtual assistant. But the quick answer is that a virtual assistant, or VA for short, is someone that can help business owners with a multitude of tasks. The VA field is a vast one, and no VA will operate the same or offer the same services. Some VAs offer general VA services such as data entry and email management, while other VAs provide specialized services such as Social Media Management or graphic design.
So why do you need a virtual assistant like yesterday? These are the top five reasons that I believe you should hire a virtual assistant.
Ease your workload
This is one of the most common reasons that business owners hire a virtual assistant. For example, if you are drowning in emails and spend six-plus hours a day responding to those emails, a VA can help you. Need documents created or modified? Then a virtual assistant can help. Need help with website creation or maintenance? You got it; a virtual assistant can help you.
Reclaim some of your time
Let’s face it, you are only human, and they are only some many hours in a day. You are a business owner and a family person, but it is impossible to be in two places at one time. Maybe your kid has a school event that you just cannot miss, but it’s crunch time at the office, so do you miss that particular event (again) or miss a deadline? Well, there is no reason that you cannot attend the event and meet your deadline. While you attend the event, your virtual assistant can happily hack away at your project.
Remember when I said that you could not be in two places at one time. Well, you also cannot do everything by yourself, well you can but where’s the fun in that. I know what you think; if I want something done correctly, I have to do it myself. I tend to feel like this, but being like this only causes you to stress out and burn out. Trust me; I have been in that place plenty of times. There is no reason that you cannot delegate tasks to a virtual assistant and discuss with them your processes.
Save on expenses
Yep, you are reading this correctly. A virtual assistant can help you save money. How? A VA is cheaper than hiring an employee. Don’t believe me or think that virtual assistant rates are too high, then consider this. Because a VA is not your employee but an independent contractor, you do not have to provide sick time, paid time off (PTO), or vacation days. You also do not have to give a VA health insurance, life insurance, or 401K matches.
But on the other hand, if you hire an employee and your company experiences a rough patch, and as a result, you have to lay off or fire your employee, you will more than likely have to pay unemployment. With a virtual assistant, you do not have to worry about any of this. You can hire a virtual assistant for the long term, short term, or just as needed.
Say Jack is your competitor, and his social media strategy is on fire at the moment, thus bringing him more clients and sales. On the other hand, your social media strategy is not so great, and sales are struggling. You want to do more in terms of making an impact on social media, but you are not clear on how to go about it. Then a virtual assistant that specializes in social media management can help you develop a strategy. Remember when I said that not all virtual assistants offer the same services, so in this case, you do not want to hire just any virtual assistant but a virtual assistant specializing in social media, preferably one specializing in the platform you need help with.
Those are the top five reasons that I believe that one should hire a VA. Remember, for specialized projects and tasks, consider hiring a VA that is an industry expert. There are a variety of reasons that businesses might consider utilizing a VA rather than hiring an employee. The decision to do so will depend on business structure, business needs, and other operational factors. What do you think about hiring virtual assistants? Do you have a reason why you are not using one? Let me know in the comments.