The Benefits of a Trustworthy Virtual Assistant
Have you ever thought about hiring a virtual assistant (VA), but you’re not sure how this added expense could help you? The secret to a successful small business owner is hiding in plain sight. With lower labor costs and VAs that specialize in just about any task you can think of, hiring a VA will help free you up from the monotonous day-to-day tasks that slow you down.
Read on to learn more about what a good virtual assistant can do to help you transform your business and increase your work-life balance and productivity.
Outsource administrative tasks
As a creative business owner with plenty to do and “never enough time”, the administrative tasks that come with your operations are sometimes not the best use of your time and efforts, and it’s also simply not as enjoyable. A virtual assistant can take on some of that work so that you can focus your time and talents on tasks you love to do.
Here are a few examples of the kinds of administrative tasks that VAs typically can help with:
- Scheduling and appointment management
- Email inbox management
- Financial maintenance (receipt scanning, budget tracking, etc.)
- Note-taking in discovery calls
- Website management (blog writing, copy, and design updates)
- Social media management
These are all tasks that will help your small business thrive, and the best part is that you don’t have to do them!
Receive trusted assistance to do the work you aren’t as skilled at
While there are virtual assistants who can do a wide range of general administrative tasks, you can also search for more targeted help. For example, marketing and lead generation are tasks that, while they might sound daunting for you, the right virtual assistant could take and help your business grow exponentially.
Examples of special skills that a VA might have:
- Lead generation
- Graphic design / logo design
- Website building
- Product research
- SEO services
Scale your business successfully
Scaling your business might seem impossible, especially if you’re doing most of the work alone. Bringing on a VA at an hourly rate helps save on labor costs, but it also helps scale your business and ensures that there’s someone there to help manage the unexpected needs that might arise from that, like added customer service capacity or more appointments to manage. As your business grows, you can add more hours, depending on your VA’s availability, or even bring on another VA with a different skill set.
It’s really all up to you, but it’s good to feel like you can add more capacity whenever you want.
Buy back your time and reap the benefits
This last one, while the most intangible, is the biggest benefit for you. Hiring on a VA for 10 or even 20 hours a month is at least 10-20 hours back in your pocket… and probably more when you factor in peace of mind. The reality is that if you tried to struggle through tasks you don’t feel proficient at, it would probably take you more time than it would take your VA.
With the added capacity, you can use your newfound time wisely – spend time with your loved ones, or invest more time in the work you’re more interested in, the work that you started this business for in the first place.
I have noticed an uptick in bookings from both Google and Instagram since I hired my Virtual Assistant, Christa Bybee. She is an invaluable part of this business now and I love the work that she does for me. In the beginning I brought her on to help me boost my Social Media presence by creating a monthly content calendar I could follow so I didn’t have to think and plan out all of my posts. She made sure I was hitting all the most important types of content and spread them out throughout the month at a rate I was able to keep up with.
The quality of my posts instantly increased, as did my following. While I don’t have a ton of followers I have still seen a sales increase of over $10k from Instagram alone since I implemented the strategies and techniques she brought to my business.
She has helped me create resources for my mentor students and also brought consistent content to my blog. All in all, Christa has made my business more robust! You can reach her HERE if you’re interested in learning more!
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