Updated: Oct 21, 2021
As a small business owner or solopreneur you may be wondering if you need to hire in some outside help in the form of a Virtual Assistant. Many small businesses will benefit hugely from employing the services of the right Virtual Assistant.
This can be a tough decision to make, and is something that you should think through, before jumping straight in. Here are a few things to consider before you make a decision.
Your efficiency will increase - You can pass on some of your work load and your stress. Giving you time to focus on other more important areas of your business. Lots of solopreneurs believe that they become much more productive by giving some of the more mundane tasks over to a VA. Studies have also found that they are much less stressed.
Hiring a Virtual Assistant part time is often cheaper than hiring a Full time member of staff.
Your income can increase too - My background has been in retail and the Beauty industry, I know that often you can earn more money by working on your sales, or treating your clients. Consider how much you can earn in an hour of your time..... and how much it might cost to employ a VA for an hour.
Specialist VAs - If you select the right VA you might actually find that more gets done in an hour. For example a VA who specialises in Website design can probably get more work done in an hour than a small business owner with limited website design skills. Similarly an expert VA in image creation for social media, can probably create more images in an hour than a small business owner with basic design skills.
What happens when your chosen VA goes on holiday?
You do not want to be left in the lurch, with no support when you need it. I would highly advise planning ahead. When I work with clients I make sure they know in advance when I have time booked to work for them. I also keep them informed of forthcoming holidays.
Problems can also lie in finding a good match; finding a virtual assistant whom you can trust is not as easy as it sounds. If your small business can’t manage without consistency, it may be that your small business shouldn’t hire a virtual assistant. After the initial contact with a client I like to arrange a consultation call. I feel it is important to get a better understanding of the small business. I think you get a chance to see if you can work well together, if there is a natural fit. It is a chance to ask questions, and see if there are any gaps in the skills.
Is there scope for expansion?
Does the VA have scope to take on more work from you? Or do they have a team they can work with if you have more work than they can handle.
Does your chosen VA have all the skills that you require?
Will they be able to all of the things that you want? Or will you have to look for someone else to deal with some of the tasks.
Has this helped you to get a balanced view of hiring a Virtual Assistant? I have tried to show you various reasons why you should or should not hire in some help.
I think that as long as you find someone that will enhance your business, that you get on with and can trust, hiring a VA can be of huge benefit to most businesses.
If you want to find out how I can help you as a Small Business Virtual Assistant just pop me over an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I mainly work with women in small businesses, I specialise in strategic planning and implementation of local marketing strategies. Local SEO, Google my Business etc. I also love creating social media content and setting up and running mailing lists and newsletters.