Passion, drive and a strong work ethic are just a few of the characteristics required to succeed as a small business owner or solopreneur. Day in and day out, you hit the ground running, putting in the work required to grow your business. As your business scales, you find yourself getting busier and busier. Sometimes the growth can happen too fast before formal systems are in place. Without proper planning, it’s easy to become completely swamped and feeling as though you are struggling to keep up.
If you’re nodding along, don’t worry you’re in good company. Many small business owners are in your shoes. Some have accepted that this is just part of the process and run the risk of burnout. Others have found a better way. You know the ones who seem to have it all together. They always seem to be in front of the customer and you ask yourself how do they do it? Are they just staying up all night playing an endless cycle of catch up?
What’s their secret? How can I be successful without burning the candle at both ends? Where am I going wrong?
I’ll let you in on a little secret. Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in the small business world. What’s your competition’s secret weapon? Their Virtual Assistant.
That’s right. Your competition has partnered with a Virtual Assistant and outsourced their administrative work. This has freed up their time, allowing them to land more business, and close more deals. Intrigued? Let’s take a closer look at some common questions you may have about virtual assistants.
5 Common Questions about Virtual Assistants:
- What is a Virtual Assistant? – An independent contractor, a Virtual Assistant, also referred to as a “VA” performs administrative tasks remotely. Skill sets and niches may vary so it’s important to do your research prior to hiring.
- How can you do all the work I need without being in my office or on my computer? – weekly calls, file sharing through Dropbox or Google drive make it possible for a virtual assistant to work on all of your administrative tasks remotely.Large corporations have enjoyed the financial benefits of having full-time employees telecommuting for years. Small business owners are now utilizing virtual assistants in a similar fashion, tailored to their needs and budget. The autonomy of your virtual assistant allows you to enjoy the benefits of administrative task completion, without the headaches and cost of a full-time employee.
- How much does it all cost? – Hourly rates vary based on skill and experience. Many virtual assistants offer packages of time that clients can purchase, with time tracked to the minute. Instead of focusing on how much it costs, many small business owners choose to focus on what hiring a virtual assistant saves them.Hiring an independent contractor, like a Virtual Assistant means, no sick days, no vacation pay, no benefits payment, and no weekly payroll. You simply pay for the time used, not a minute more or less. Over the course of a year, this adds up to significant savings.
- How can you represent my business when you don’t know me or my business? – a virtual assistant is a professional who becomes an extension of your business. Their role is to get up to speed with the inner nuances of your business and ensure that the administrative side runs smoothly so that you can focus on income generating activities.
Will a Virtual Assistant be the secret to your success? Time will tell.