Virtual Assistants are usually home-based workers who have a wide variety of expertise valuable to businesses. Small business can have the luxury of a secretary, a “Girl Friday”, a greeter, gate keeper, book keeper, social net-worker, techie… and on the list can go. Each VA has their own set of skills and abilities.
Owning and running any business is time consuming. It is important to decide how best to spend your time. Isn’t it best spent making money, working directly with clients? Wouldn’t you rather spend your time following your passion? If so, make a list of all the tasks that are needed to successfully run your business. Include all the tasks that you wish you had time to get to.
Perhaps, you’d like to start a blog or create a following with twitter. Perhaps, you are ready to create an event with all the possibilities of receiving payment, keeping track of ticket sales, marketing the event, and what if there is a chicken or fish option? How to you find the time.
The great thing is that you don’t have to. Virtual Assistants fill the gaps and free you up to do the things that you do best. Most businesses don’t think twice about hiring an accountant or book keeper. Use that same freeing way of thinking for the other tasks you may have been avoiding or just haven’t had the time to get to. Take your list and look for a VA to fill the gap.
Virtual Assistants range from the new & less experienced to those with strong, well managed, high tech skills. Fees also have a wide range. You need to decide your budget, the level of expertise you will need and the level of professionalism. Is your business best served by bargain basement VA or are you ready to work with higher end and high skilled professionals?
Once you have a list of needs; go through and rate each with how important it is to your business success. Then go through the list again and place a star next to the things that you either love to do or feel you can not let go of. All the tasks that are left are possible tasks that a VA can take off your hands.
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Authored by Keridak Kae Silk, MS, DTM: Virtual Freedom VA Services
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