Virtual Assistants, if you have not heard of the term, are very much like your PA/EA or traditional secretary.
The only difference is that as a VA I have elected to work from home or remotely.
I do not need a desk, a computer or a phone as I have my own, thank you.
I charge either hourly or per project and in some cases on a retainer package which means you pay only for the work/hours agreed on.
No sickness pay, holiday pay or any other deductions associated with employees, .
As some business owners have found, hiring a VA is a win-win situation. Most of them wonder how they ever coped without a VA.
Scheduling was overwhelming
Once I started getting overwhelmed by scheduling meetings, calls, and emails I decided it was time to hire my Virtual Assistant.
She’s been a huge help and costs me £450 a month for full-time work. – Eric Sin.
I was angry at my work
A few years ago, I felt a flash of tightness in my chest from anger as I was sitting down to do work.
That was a wake-up call that I needed to delegate more tasks and focus on work that I actually enjoyed doing.
The best part is that the assistant I hired loved doing this type of work, so it was a huge win-win for both of us – Peter Kennedy
Repetition was an issue
I knew I needed a VA when I found myself doing a lot of repetitive tasks .
I’ve worked with a number of VAs over the years and I found the relationship most beneficial when I could outsource time-consuming, yet simple, repetitive tasks.
You want to avoid spending too much time explaining or reviewing projects so that you can maximise the time savings of having a VA first.
My Personal errands were killing my productivity
It became clear when tasks from my personal life started to interfere with my ever-growing schedule.
It wasn’t as much of a problem before – however, when it did become a problem, it became a trade-off between getting all my work done or neglecting the personal errands.
Thankfully now I can delegate much of my personal life to my assistant as well as some of those small business tasks that ate time. Alec Bowers
I was ignoring core tasks
The moment you realise that lately you haven’t really worked on the “Core Tasks” that grow your business because of all the minutiae – that is the last moment you need to stop and reassess your workload.
Focus on the work you do best and hire other people to do the rest.
Being the jack-of-all-trades can seem like a necessity for many entrepreneurs, but it really isn’t necessary
I realised other could do it better
When clients ask me about Virtual Assistants or remote staff, the first thing I get them to understand is what they as clients are good at or not good at doing.
This is often quite difficult for entrepreneurs as they’ve usually been doing everything in their business themselves.
Once you show them that others can not only do it better but that their business can’t grow without delegation, they get a VA. – Liam Martin
My first hour was no longer my own
I’ve always thought that the first hour of the workday really sets the tone for those to follow.
Realising this hour had become routinely filled with marginality was a big sign.
I needed to hand off some tasks to get the right ones back.
As you can see these business men all had different reasons for hiring a VA.
However they all found that by doing so they could get on with the important part – growing their business in the full knowledge that their VA was there to help and support them when needed.
If you are looking to hire a VA. Contact me on 07545-277680 and we will discuss “How I can help you?”