1. Why hire a high-level virtual assistant
Business owners use virtual assistants not only to reduce workload but also to increase revenue. Business owners accomplish more by outsourcing “or delegat[ing] the non-revenue generating or moneymaking tasks to a Virtual Assistant or ‘VA.’”
2. How much to pay a virtual assistant
How much a business owner pays a VA will vary. The cost can range as widely as $5.50 to $30. However, the difference in cost can depend on skill level, reliability, whether the project is for short term or long term, and where the virtual assistant lives.
3. Where to find a virtual assistant
Here are 20 websites to find a VA:
- Assistant Match
- Office Details
- VA Networking
- Resource Nation
- Virtual Assistants
- International Virtual Assistants Association
- Virtual Assistance U
- Tasks EveryDay
- Virtual Assistance Chamber of Commerce
- Team Double Click
- Staff Centrix
- Find Virtual
- Get Friday
- Longer Days
- Hire My Mom
4. What qualities to look for in a virtual assistant
Smart business owners do not hire just anyone. Of course, business owners want to hire high-level VA, who will charge higher prices probably. The VA needs to have certain qualities, such as the following:
- “Their own office space and equipment”
- “A flexible schedule”
- “Multiple communication options”
- “Internet experience”
- “Excellent written and verbal communication skills”
- “Independent critical-thinking ability”
- “Native English speaking”
- “Someone who can suggest a better way of accomplishing a task”
5. What to outsource to a virtual assistant
Here are 10 things to outsource to a VA:
- Online research
- Database entries
- Data presentations
- Managing email
- Social tasks
- Travel research
- Chasing business
- Industry knowledge
- Virtual assistant: “A virtual assistant(typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.”
- Outsource: “To send out (work, for example) to an outside provider or manufacturer in order to cut costs.”
- Is hiring a virtual assistant right for me as a business owner?
- You should hire a virtual assistant if you believe that it will save you time and money, especially when you look at the long-term outcomes.
- Why should I hire a high-level virtual assistant?
- High-level virtual assistants may cost more. However, they will think independently, work faster, and communicate clearly when writing and speaking. As a result, you will be less stressed and worried.
- What is outsourcing? What are the benefits?
- Outsourcing occurs when a business owner delegates assignments to a virtual assistant. If a business owner hires a high-quality assistant, not just the person who offers the lowest bid, the virtual assistant can help reduce business costs and stress on the company.