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Doing your homework before you hire a Virtual Assistant can turn the vision into a reality. The notion of hiring a Virtual Assistant may seem too good to be true, however the following steps will get you on the right track to finding the right VA for you and it  will save you time and money when you do start looking!

As business owners themselves, Virtual Assistants are also professionals with experience in running a business so are understanding of your needs. Although some Virtual Assistants will specialise, they also have skills in many other areas so you will want to understand and appreciate what skills are most valuable to you.

If you follow these steps, the benefits will become obvious!

  • Write down the tasks you perform each day. You may want to do this over a week or two. Write down everything; checking email, calling customers, advertising, etc.
  • Go through your list and determine everything that is repetitive or can be considered a process, and create a new list.
  • As you perform each task on your list, document the steps as they are performed, from start to finish.
  • Create an “Actions” document for each task. This will increase your confidence that things will be done the way you want them to be done when you hand them over.
  • Make a new list of all the things you should be doing but can’t seem to find the time, and the projects that you lack the necessary skills to complete. It may be organising your inventory, getting your first website online, updating content, contacting previous customers, getting started with and running your Social Media Marketing or researching new opportunities.
  • Go through your “To Dos” and determine the types of experience needed to complete your projects (i.e. internet research, web design, customer service skills, etc.).

Now that you have all your processes documented, and you know the skills that you are looking for, you are ready to find a VA that fits your needs.


The Need for Virtual Assistants: Why Superheroes Need Sidekicks ~ Virtual Assistant.

…when you need to cut your costs but not your service!

We are frequently being told by the government and economists that we are coming out of the recession and there’s an increase in economic activity. It will be interesting to see how the latest VAT increase is going to affect things as we are all anxious about our costs and everyone’s aim is to get back on track by cost cutting. One effective way is to sub-contract or outsource work to a third-party.

Outsourcing and contracting out is making its mark in the business world as more of us make the decision to delegate work outside our own companies. There are numerous reasons to sub-contract work: cost savings, focus on your core business objectives and more leisure time are just a few. Using the services of a Virtual Assistant is the best method to outsource your work load or projects.  Many of you will think that using a VA  is an extra cost to the business, but this is not the case. There are many ways in which a VA earns more for your business than the cost of hiring them, so when you need to cut costs, but not your service – a Virtual Assistant is the answer.

When you hire a VA there is no long-term commitment, so you can, not only reduce your payroll, you can also ensure that your work is completed within budget and as efficiently as by a full-time employee.

VA’s have a network of professionals and associates to help them so when you engage a VA you have access to this entire team, their expertise and knowledge. A full-time employee would not necessarily have this network behind them. You don’t need to hire a full or part-time individual to act as an office secretary because a VA can do this for you remotely. You don’t have to pay for office space, equipment, maintenance; salaries etc. as Virtual Assistants work from their own office and use their own equipment.

Cost wise, it makes sense to outsource your projects and business admin as this is the best way to cut down on costs without cutting down on your service, and you can focus growing your business.
Benefits to hiring a Virtual Assistant

• You do not need to provide office space or equipment
• Gives you the time to focus on your strengths and core business objectives
• As VA’s are not employees, you will not have to deal with taxes or benefits
• VA’s are committed to your success so that you continue to use their services
• You do not need to pay for any training
• You will be more productive and accomplish more
• Routine tasks can be outsourced and left in capable hands

A great thing about VA’s is that they are able to help you get your business running smoothly, whether you are a small, large or a growing business. They will be able to take some of the burdens off your shoulders and allow you to focus on what you do best.

It’s all about cost-effective delegation, so do what you do best and delegate the rest!

Caroline Brett, Channel VA

“Virtual assistants are independent contractors who (from a remote location, usually their home or office) support multiple clients in a variety of industries by providing administrative, creative, and technical services.” International Virtual Assistants Association

Virtual Assistants or VA’s have been around since the early 1990’s and despite being a growing industry I am still surprised to find that it is still relatively unknown. When asked what I do I reply “A Virtual Assistant or VA”. I either get “Wow, that’s great” or more often than not a completely blank look along with a prod in the arm and “you don’t look very virtual to me”!

So now I tend to give the reply “I provide administrative services and support to companies, entrepreneurs and busy professionals” which seems to sum it up in. People are often unaware of the technology which makes it possible for VA’s to do their jobs and not be positioned in someone else’s office. I am constantly amazed by what’s out there, free and subscription based, which makes my work life as a VA easier and possible.

So, Virtual Assistants or VA’s are professional people who support businesses with the administration, clerical, technical, marketing, creative and day-to-day operations. VA’s are independent contractors, not employees and do the same work as office based staff, not in your office but their own. They only charge for the time spent on your work so you’re not paying for office space & equipment, tax & NIC, coffee breaks, holidays and time off when ill!

At the end of the day, there must be plenty of jobs that you would like to move off your desk to that of an assistant. Some businesses do not need a full-time assistant, so the answer is using the services of a Virtual Assistant. Think about the daily, weekly or monthly tasks which you either dislike doing, haven’t got the time to do or just don’t know how to do. If you work out how much time you spend on these tasks you’ll see that your time is best utilised concentrating on the core aspects of your business. Think about the time you spend doing some of the following: database management, bookkeeping, blogging, social media marketing, website updates, marketing support, handling emails, arranging appointments, research and much more

It’s all about cost-effective delegation, so do what you do best and delegate the rest!