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Guest Blogger: Camille Bryant

Starting a new business is exciting, but sometimes it can also be overwhelming! Are you ready to hire a Virtual Assistant or are you not sure if your business is ready? Here’s how to know if you are ready to hire a Virtual Assistant.

Do You Need a Virtual Assistant?

While having a Virtual Assistant comes with benefits, not every business needs one. Before you hire, first consider your financial resources and needs.

If your company is effectively managing tasks, then you might not need an assistant. If you are not efficient, however, then hiring a Virtual Assistant might be right for your business.

Benefits of a Working with a Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistants can help improve the productivity of businesses by helping to handle and manage tasks. From managing emails and calls to booking appointments and managing schedules, Assistants take care of the day-to-day tasks of businesses with the purpose of increasing efficiency. If you are unable to take a break or vacation,  then you might benefit from hiring an Assistant.

Deciding What Tasks to Delegate

When employing the services of a Virtual Assistant (VA), you will need to decide what tasks to delegate. It is always best to delegate those tasks your business is struggling with or responsibilities that take up a lot of your time.

The types of tasks you can assign your VA include:

  • Repetitive, boring, and easy tasks.
  • Low priority tasks that must be done.
  • High priority tasks that are time consuming.
  • Tasks requiring a specific skill set that you don’t possess.

How Much Does a Virtual Assistant Cost?

You may think you need an Assistant but wonder if you can afford one.

A financial evaluation will help you determine the type of VA you can afford, starting from a beginner who will do basic tasks to a professional service provider who may manage complex and high-profile tasks. Also, it’s wise to analyze whether your work involves tasks that require a specific skill set done by a specialized assistant or it involves simple tasks done by a general assistant.

Employing the services of a Virtual Assistant will cost you between $5 to $100+ per hour. The cost varies depending on the type of service you look to purchase and who you hire. Depending on your workload and budget, you can start with as little as 5 hours per week or go all in and hire someone for 30-40 hours per week.

Working with an Agency vs. Working with a Freelancer

You have options about how to hire a Virtual Assistant. You can choose to either work with an agency or a freelancer. Typically if you need a lot of assistance, a firm is the best way to go. If you need a more personal and direct approach, freelancers are your best choice.

Summary

In order to think through what your needs are, highlight tasks that require direct attention. There may be certain things that only you can do however, there may be things that can be delegated.

Working with an Agency:

  • More tasks to hand over to a VA
  • High VA cost (High task ratio)

VA – Working with a Freelancer:

  • Fewer tasks to hand over to a VA
  • Low VA cost (Less task ratio)

In need of a virtual assistant? Michael Hyatt’s Book Your World-class Assistant is a great resource that would teach you all you need to know!

About the Author

Camille Bryant is a Professional Administrative Assistant with over 10 years of experience. Camille has helped many businesses and entrepreneurs become more productive by providing stellar support in sales, customer service, and inventory management. Camille obtained her B.S. in Psychology from Oral Roberts University and her MPA from Webster University. Camille lives in Georgia with her husband.

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