If you’re an entrepreneur or a small business owner, you understand the many challenges of running a business. You might come to a point where you’re “spinning your wheels” because you just can’t wear all the different hats needed to make your business go forward. Or you just might need some additional direction to get you to where you want to be. Perhaps you’ve arrived to the conclusion that it is time for your business to grow but you may not necessarily have the space or resource for a full time employee. Managing employees also comes with its many challenges and expenses. One of the options you have is to outsource some of your work.
Outsourcing to a Virtual Assistant might be a great option. There are many different types of Virtual Assistants with different specialties such as bookkeeping, online marketing, social media, business consulting, general administration, etc. Some will work with specific markets such as real estate, financial, coaching, mom entrepreneurs, etc. Many come with a wealth of experience and knowledge and can really provide great value for your business.
Since technology is constantly evolving, there are many ways to work remotely with your assistant. There are many tools that can be used effectively and you might simply need an internet connection to communicate via Skype, email, chat or you could use the good old traditional phone. There are also many great web base collaborating tools to facilitate working virtually.
Most Virtual Assistants are entrepreneurs themselves and usually will charge anywhere from $30 to $100 per hour and more depending on the task and their experience. What you first have to think about when deciding if that’s the right solution for you is to look at your own hourly rate. Then, try to see if you’re time is well spent by calculating the actual cost of doing a specific task when you’re doing it yourself. Could you be spending your time in a more efficient way actually making money? Also, sometimes you just don’t have the time to learn how to use all the newest tools and outsourcing to the experts will not only save you time and money but also avoid you some headaches.
One thing that you have to remember is that you don’t have to commit to a long term relationship with a Virtual Assistant. They will often accept short term projects or a minimum amount of hours per month. But your investment will be better served when you find the ideal Virtual Assistant that will create a long term partnership with you.
Have you ever tried outsourcing some of your work to a Virtual Assistant?
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