Stressed!! No time!!
Are you always 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 virtual assistant field is a vast one, and no virtual assistant will operate the same or offer the same services. Some virtual assistants provide general administrative services such as data entry and email management, while other virtual assistants offer specialized services such as Social Media Management or graphic design.
Ease your workload
This is one of the most common reasons that business owners hire a virtual assistant. If you are drowning in emails and spend six-plus hours a day responding to those emails, then a virtual assistant 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 there 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 special 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 timeline.
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 are thinking if I want something done correctly, then I have to do it myself. I tend to think like this as well, but being like this only causes you to stress out and get burned out. Trust me, been there 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 virtual assistant is cheaper than hiring an employee. Don’t believe me or think that virtual assistant rates are too high, then consider this. Because a virtual assistant 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 virtual assistant with health insurance, life insurance, or match 401k contributions. Say you hire an employee, your company experiences a rough patch, if you lay-off or fire your employee; you may have to pay unemployment. With a virtual assistant, you do not have to worry about any of this, and you can just hire a virtual assistant as needed.
Say Jack is your competitor, and his social media strategy is on fire at the moment, thus bringing him more clients and sells. Your social media strategy, on the other hand, is not so great and sells 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 that specializes in social media, preferably one that specializes in the platform you need help with.
In conclusion, there are many benefits of hiring a virtual assistant to help scale your business. You can save both time and money if you hire a virtual assistant. When hiring a virtual assistant, look closely at the type of help you need and the tasks that you need to delegate. Make sure that the virtual assistant that you hire is the right fit for you and your business.
Those are the top five reasons to should hire a virtual assistant. What do you think? Do you have other reasons? Let me know in the comments.