Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant Early on in Your Business | Melissa A. Wiringi

Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant Early on in Your Business

By melissawiringi | Freedom Business

Sep 18

Why You Should Hire a Virtual Assistant Early on in Your Business

As your business grows, there comes a point when you need to delegate work. Of course, you love your business and you're happy to take care of the smallest details. But time is a valuable resource, and you should be spending it on more important things, like getting clients for instance. As for routine, non-core tasks, a virtual assistant can take care of them. In today's blog I'll focus on a few reasons why you should hire a virtual assistant as soon as you can!

Perks of Having a Virtual Assistant

I absolutely love my VA! Jamie has been with me since August and she’s worked for me four hours a day. I think it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made for my business.

I get about forty hours of work done in total, I work roughly 15-20hours throughout the week, and then Jamie nails another 20 for me! This is awesome because she is able to get all the non money making activities done for me, and this allows my focus to remain on client calls and money generating tasks!

For me, I had planned to take on a VA as quickly as possible. From all my education around business, I knew having a team was vital to growing my business.

Reasons why some people don't believe a VA will work...

I’ve noticed that many entrepreneurs are uncertain about hiring a VA. Here are some top excuses why people don't hire a one...

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    It’s a luxury only established businesses can afford. I've discovered VA's are very affordable, providing a service at a rate far below my hourly rate! 
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    The VA might be poor quality. I've discovered hiring through a reliable outsourcing agency helps you to ensure you get a VA who meets your requirements, and you'll find you gain a valuable team member. This person will fill some of the gaps in your business, and make you stronger!
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    They are unsure if they have enough work. The company I source through offers packages from ten hours a week and I honestly believe most entrepreneurs can find 10 hours a week of work to give to a VA. It's great to start teaching yourself to delegate tasks so you don't train yourself to do everything and risk burnout as your organisation grows.
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    They'd prefer a physical assistant. I love that people would like to take on a person, however in the early days of your business hiring local can be out of reach. Local rates are often double what you would pay a VA, so this means you can have a new team member faster by outsourcing to a VA.

Five benefits of hiring a VA

If you’re wondering how a VA can help you, here are some of the benefits I now enjoy:

1. Increased efficiency

You can effectively double your output at a lower time cost than getting yourself to do everything.

For example if you charge $150 per hour for your services, you can maximise your time value paying someone $250 / week for 40 hours time which means you'll get many of your daily activities complete!

2. More free time for family and yourself

You can offload repetitive and time-consuming projects to your VA you free up your time, allowing you to spend more quality time with your family and friends enjoying life experiences such as travelling.

3. Be more productive

You can focus on the areas of your business you enjoy most, which are often the areas you are most productive. You can let your VA deal with the areas you don't enjoy or find frustrating, as these areas often take you much longer. And if they are areas the VA is skilled at and enjoys, often they will smash those activities out in a time much faster than you could do yourself!  

4. Focus on growth hacking activities

By delegating administrative, non-core tasks, you will have more time to work on business planning and strategy, which means you grow your business faster and more strategically. 

5. Strengthen your weak areas

Most virtual assistants are skilled professionals who can perform a wide range of tasks, such as writing, graphic designing, web research, and social media marketing. If you’re not keen on performing any of these tasks, you can hire a VA with a specific skill set.

If you are interested in taking on a virtual assistant on board, I’d be delighted to help you start your journey. I know what it's like when you have a never ending to do list, and not enough time to complete the tasks. I know it can be a bit of a leap taking on a new person! But it's a positive sign that your business is finally growing! Congratulations! Hiring a virtual assistant can actually be fun! Find a VA who has the qualities you need to grow your business, someone who shares the same interests and someone you can get along well with.

Because I love my VA, I was offered an affiliate partnership with Outsourcing Angel. This means you'll enjoy one week of FREE VA services when you sign up and hire a VA (you're not in a long term commitment, so if it doesn't work, you can stop at any time - however if you set yourself up well, you'll probably be like me and wish you hired earlier!!). I gain a commission from your use of these services but it won't cost you anything extra (eg. you'll pay the same per week as I do).

What qualities are you looking for in a virtual assistant? What areas of your business do you plan to outsource to make your life easier and more productive?

Comment below, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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