It’s no secret that small business owners wear many hats. They are responsible for sales, customer service, marketing, development, IT, finances and not to mention…the dreaded paperwork.
So, you decide to hire someone to help you.
It is hard to find good staff and hiring someone can be a major challenge. What happens if it doesn’t work out? You are back to square one.
Have you thought about a Virtual Assistant?
When I started my business as a Virtual Assistant, I found a lot of people hadn’t heard the term and didn’t know what one was. A Virtual Assistant is a self-employed administrative or personal assistant who works remotely (usually at home) for various clients.
A Virtual Assistant is a really broad term, and we come under many guises; Business Support Manager, Virtual Business Manager, Virtual Administrator, Virtual Consultant. Many Virtual Assistants already have previous experience in being a Personal Assistant, Executive Assistant, Administrator, etc. so they have knowledge, experience and skills to help you.
Hiring a Virtual Assistant means you only pay them for the hours they work for you. It can be a few hours a week, an ongoing project or on an ad-hoc basis. There are no taxes you need to work out; no equipment or stationery you need to provide them with or have to worry about any employee benefits.
Here are some tasks that a Virtual Assistant can help you with: –
- Creating, sending and chasing invoices
- Organising guest blogs
- Email management
- Diary management
- Website creation and management
- SEO writing
- Create and manage social media accounts
- Booking appointments
- General research
- Travel arrangements
- Prepare PowerPoint presentations
- Maintaining a database
- Newsletter creation
- Create online forms
- Graphic design
- Post organisation
- Personal errands
- RSVP responses
There is help out there; you really don’t have to do it on your own. Try outsourcing a hat or two.
About the author
Raakhee Stratton runs her own business RS Virtual Assistant, which is based in Ashford, Kent. She provides Virtual PA support to small businesses, entrepreneurs and authors.