How to Hire A Virtual Assistant? Complete Guide
Every starting business owner or entrepreneur has move tasks than he can actually handle by his own. The fact is he would need to get help for a virtual assistant.
I’ve been able to create a six-figure business from home in just a few years as a “solopreneur,” managing everything on my own…
With the help of virtual assistants (VAs), that is.
20 years ago, this model was basically impossible. Entrepreneurs were still using the traditional business model to build their enterprise, hiring a full staff with benefits, renting out a brick-and-mortar office space, and running their business like most other businesses.
With the advent of the gig economy, allowing entrepreneurs to temporarily hire a small team to handle specific tasks, you really don’t need a traditional business framework with marketing, design, and accounting departments. You can just hire virtual assistants and freelancers for far less money, getting the work done in record time extremely cheaply.
If you’ve ever considered hiring a VA in any capacity for your work, this guide will help you decide what virtual assistant is right for you, and give you some ideas about how VAs can dramatically boost your productivity.
What Do Virtual Assistants Do? How Much Do They Cost?
Virtual assistants can do…virtually anything for your business.
I’ve hired VAs to handle all sorts of odd jobs, tasks, and projects for me. For example:
* I paid my VA $50 to research the top 50 podcasts in my sector and collect contact/social media information for me so I could start pitching the podcasts as an interviewee.
* I paid my VA $80 to handle all the design/graphic work for all my online courses – creating PDFs, designing logos, creating worksheet templates, etc.
* I paid my VA about $120 to handle all the technical work publishing my eBook – editing my content, formatting my book to Kindle, and uploading everything to Amazon.
This is true delegating, and it’s helped me create my dream business working entirely for myself from home. Sure, I could hire a full-time assistant, provide benefits, rent office space, and create an expansive corporate structure to accommodate my employees…
Or I could occasionally pay someone a hundred bucks to take care of specific tasks for me.
Many of my colleagues use VAs in a much more expansive capacity, and there is enormous value in having your VA do most of your work for you.
For instance, a colleague of mine has paid the same VA about $500/week for the past year now to do about 20 hours of weekly work. $2,000/month for an assistant might sound really expensive to you, but once you place a price on your time, you’ll quickly see just how expensive it is to do everything yourself.
If your VA takes care of the nitty-gritty, the boring stuff, the stuff that takes you away from your most important work, you can grow your business rapidly, increasing your productivity at an incredible rate.
Think of it this way. I charge about $300/hour for an hour of coaching. If I spend three hours fiddling around on Canva or PowerPoint designing slides, I used up around $900 of my time (which is expensive) when I could’ve paid someone $50 or less to handle it far faster than I could.
Your time is really expensive, and you can’t afford to waste it doing menial tasks that take all day when you could hire someone else for cheap to do the work for you.
This is also an important mindset shift, pivoting from “saving money at all costs” to truly investing in yourself and your business.
If you hire a VA, you’re telling the world (and yourself) that your time has a price tag, and you’re not willing to waste any more time. The world’s most successful entrepreneurs are always reinvesting their profits back into their business, delegating as much as possible so they can focus on the real work.
That’s where VAs come in. Once you start effectively using VAs, you’ll quickly see how much time and money you can save for just a bit of money.
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