The Virtual Assistant – Should You Use One?
Short Answer: Yes
Long Answer: Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be more challenging than many people are willing to admit. At times work can seemingly consume everything in its path, including your time, happiness, and sanity. Trust me, we’ve all been there, but it begs the question, should you hire a virtual assistant? Maybe. Only you know for sure whether you could use an extra hand, but if you find yourself caught up in miscellaneous tasks like making calls, scheduling, or wearing many hats, instead of being focused on growing your business it might be a good time to find help.
VIRTUAL ASSISTANT – WHAT’S THAT?
This is without a doubt the question I am asked most. Everyone knows what an assistant is, but when you say virtual assistant it’s as if I had told people I live in an igloo – nothing but confusion. Virtual Assistants are much like regular assistants, but we work remotely. Why? Because it’s a win-win for everybody. Virtual assistants get to stay at home in their pajamas and you get to save money. Virtual assistants are also 1099 Contract Workers, which means you don’t pay employment taxes, for sick days, or holidays. You pay for the work we get done and not for water breaks, lunch, and idle time. Technology has made working remotely a much more viable option for employers. With software programs in accounting, calender management, social media, marketing, and planning, virtual assistants can do 99% of the work an employee can from anywhere.
The Small Business
If you’re a small business owner I know how you feel. There’s a ton of work to be done, but not enough time in the day. You wish you could afford an assistant or two, but for around $15/hour + employment taxes, it’s more like $20/hour, and at 40 hours a week that’s a lot of money. With a virtual assistant you can pay for small or large tasks to help you free up much needed time to grow your business. If you’re someone who only needs 10 hours of assistance a week it makes more sense to pay a virtual assistant to do the work remotely for a fraction of the cost.
The Personal Assistant
Growing up, I always thought personal assistants were something only rich people could afford. Well, I was wrong. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all have a personal assistant to help with our travel arrangements, book restaurant reservations, make calls, and do research we simply didn’t have time for? Having a virtual assistant makes all of this possible. Recently, I helped a fiance plan her wedding for 5 hours a week, which for her, was a life saver. Finding the right venue, photographer, and cake, can be grueling work for someone with a full-time job.
In my opinion, go virtual, it’ll save you time and hassle. Virtual assistants are available across the globe and ready to work at a moments notice. One of my favorite articles is 7 Reasons to Hire a Virtual Assistant by writer Michael Hyatt. Check it out and if you have questions feel free to reach out to me – I make myself available through this website.