Intro to Virtual Assistants: Why You Need To Hire A Virtual Assistant Now


This is post 2 in the Intro to Virtual Assistants Series. Check out the other posts in this series to learn all you need to know about hiring a Virtual Assistant.
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All businesses can benefit from hiring a virtual assistant as part of your team.

There are many great reasons why both big and small businesses need to have a virtual assistant as part of their team.

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Here are 5 reasons why you need to hire a virtual assistant now.

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1. Reduces Overhead Costs

The cost to contract with a virtual assistant is considerably less than the cost of hiring a full-time employee. I know some of you cringe when you hear that US-based VA’s tend to have a starting rate of $20-25/hr, however, you only contract with a VA for a certain amount of hours per week or month, or perhaps just on a project basis.

Also, you do not have to pay employee taxes, benefits, or office expenses when you hire a VA, thus saving money in the long run.

For example, let’s say you need administrative support for your business. Contracting with a VA $20/hr for 20 hours of service per month for 12 months  ($4, 800) is way less than paying a full-time employee $10/hr, 40 hours a week for 52 weeks a year ($20, 800). Granted the full-time employee will work more hours a month, but more hours doesn’t necessarily equal more or higher quality work.

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2. Saves Time

A virtual assistant will save you time in your business. With a VA as part of your team, you can delegate those time-consuming tasks that take your focus away from the core of your business. Emails to answer. Phone calls to make. Social media profiles to update. Content to create. All of these tasks will take you away from other critical parts of your business like securing clients, completing work, and any other income generating task you have. By contracting with a VA, you will now be able to focus on making money while your VA keeps everything running smoothly behind the scenes.

3. Relieves Stress

Let’s face it being in business is stressful. Similar to saving time, outsourcing tasks to a VA can help you relieve stress. When you outsource tasks, you limit the directions in which you are being pulled. You don’t have to try the impossible feat of multitasking. You don’t have to rush through projects and tasks just to get it done. Hire a VA and alleviate stress and pressure off of yourself and others.

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4. Provides Support

Not only do VA’s provide support for your business, they provide support for you as a person as well. Who better to understand the frustrations of your business than someone who is working hand-in-hand with you to help you accomplish your goals.  Better yet, who better to celebrate successes than someone who was with you and helping you move your business along in the right direction. The support of a VA is great to have especially in small businesses.

5. Scale and Grow Business

A virtual assistant will give you the opportunity to scale and grow your business to the next level. While the VA is handling day-to-day tasks, you can focus on growth strategies (which your VA can help implement) and other ways to scale your business. You can start with one VA and bring more onboard as needed to help with various areas of business. You can also hire an OBM (Online Business Manager) which will help you get all of your systems, processes, and team in place.

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There you have it.

These are just a few of the benefits of hiring a virtual assistant. For more great reasons you need to hire a virtual assistant right now, check out: Reasons Why Virtual Assistants Are Awesome, Top 10 Reasons Why a Virtual Assistant is Better than Hiring An In-Office Assistant, and 7 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Virtual Assistant.

What other ways do you think you could use a virtual assistant business?

What other questions do you have about outsourcing to a virtual assistant for your business? Still unsure about what exactly a virtual assistant is, check out my post to debunk all you may believe and find out the real on virtual assistants.

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LaWann

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