Do you find that there are simply not enough hours in the day?
When you came up with your business idea I suspect you were very excited about the product or service that you are able to offer and thought long and hard about how you are going to deliver it? I suspect that at no point did you sit and factor in the hours needed to run your business. Tasks such as the expenses and bookkeeping, the marketing and diary management did not feature in your thought processes.
This is very common, and in addition very often business owners are not as interested or skilled in these essential areas of the business.
These are the types of tasks that you could be delegating to an experience virtual assistant. So, how do you go about finding one?
Ask professionals in the field
There are a number or Virtual Assistant trainers, mentors and associations available. This is always a good place to start and to get a reliable recommendation.
Word of mouth
Is someone you know successfully working with a Virtual Assistant? Perhaps you could enquire how they found theirs. However, it is important to remember that not all VA’s are proficient in all administrative tasks. It is therefore essential to check that the VA is competent in undertaking the tasks that you require support with.
Ensure that you do your homework! Have a look at the Virtual Assistants website, read testimonials, look at LinkedIn and other social media platforms.
Consider time zones
You may feel that it is important to source a VA in the same time zone as you. This is useful should you need cover during your hours of business (responding to emails etc) and/or you prefer to communicate via telephone or skype/Zoom or such like. This is less important if your VA is looking after tasks such as bookkeeping.
Take up the free consultation
A good VA will want to be sure that the client and she/he are a good fit and therefore offers a free consultation to discuss your requirements. This is a valuable opportunity to get a ‘feel’ of how the relationship might work and feel confident that the VA is the right fit for your business and has the skills that you are looking for.
Do the math!
It is important to calculate just how much a Virtual Assistant can save you and evaluate that regularly. For example:
One of our clients has confessed to loving going out and finding new business. Its her passion. However, she is not so hot on the admin for the business (self-confessed) and leaves a trail of unanswered emails and invoices not sent out behind her.
In comes Advance Virtual Assistants!
We free up 20 hours a month for her by ensuring that all of this admin is professionally taken care of, reducing underlying pressure and allowing her to focus on thinking strategically about the business and generating revenue.