If you’ve already turned your startup into a functioning business, it might be time to start getting some help and taking some of the work off your shoulders. After all, you can’t do everything yourself.
Because you now know the ins and outs of your business, you can easily hand it over to another person, like a virtual assistant, after teaching them the processes you are familiar with. Give them the rundown about how you run your business, what expectations you have, and what works best for you and how you like it.
Need some convincing? Here are some great reasons to hire a virtual assistant:
It allows you to focus on more important tasks.
Give yourself the time to do bigger, more important things and leave the daily duties to a virtual assistant.
Instead of working on draining customer service, emails, social media accounts and other time-consuming things you’ve been doing all by yourself, spend that time to run your business and work on being present at meetings and other important networking work that needs to be done.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with smaller tasks that someone else could be taking care of. Keep your business going while you both separately work at the success of your company. Outsourcing can really be the best thing you can do for the success of your company.
Improve customer service.
Dealing with customers can be quite a hassle and may just add more unwanted stress to your already busy life. If you think you could be spending your time doing better things rather than trying to handle customer issues, it is definitely an indication that outsourcing your work could be the answer. A virtual assistant can help get the burden off your chest. They can be your front line and answer any questions customers might have — and know when to get you involved for escalated issues. You can then put your time, energy and attention to other tasks you need to pursue to grow your business.
Part-time costs with full-time availability.
You may not need a full-time assistant. With a virtual assistant, you only paying for what you need and don’t have the burden of a full-time salary, benefits, and other employment related costs. You also don’t pay for downtime, space, and equipment necessary for them to do their job.
Virtual assistant rates can vary. Many charge by the hour, some may charge per task or project, while some will accept a flat rate for a certain amount of time. Whether you pay by the hour, the task, or for a block of time, make sure you are tracking what they are doing and seeing your expected result.
If you are willing to look internationally, you can get really low rates from virtual assistant websites or freelancers online. However, keep in mind that you will get what you pay for. Make sure that the person you’re hiring has the experience and expertise you need for whatever role you will have them do. Hiring internationally also opens you up to other issues such as fraud, data protection issues, etc., so make sure you know who you are dealing with.
If you are very busy and are willing who pay a higher rate, you can hire a remote executive assistant who will basically help you handle multiple things rather than just one role. A person who is an all-around assistant can do a wide range of business and personal tasks on your behalf. They will act as your right-hand person and can assist you with whatever needs you might have.
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