A VA works with your business or lifestyle to support you in various aspects of admin or business support functions.

A VA is self-employed so you don’t have the stress and expense of a full-time employee. You just pay for the services and time that you require. A VA will usually work from their home office and correspond with you via email or phone calls.

Most VAs will specialise in a certain industry or support function. They could be more technical and support with website design, creative and support with marketing or more strategic and support with projects to grow your business. It’s likely that as a business owner you may need more than one VA depending on the services you are looking for.

This is one of the biggest benefits of hiring a VA, as an employee may not have strengths in all of the areas you need support. You can easily develop a team of VAs to provide you with all the support you need in a cost-effective manner.

A VA will bill time by the hour, with the rate agreed with you in advance. You can choose to work on an ad hoc basis or on a retainer to guarantee a set number of hours each month. A VA will track the hours worked using time tracking software and will usually provide you with this report alongside your invoice at the end of the month.

When selecting a VA it is essential to choose someone who demonstrates the same values as your company. The relationship between a business owner and VA needs to be strong and based on trust. It’s important to find the balance between giving the VA enough information to complete the task and micromanaging them and undermining their skills and experience.

I can guarantee that once you find the right VA you will never look back. They will become an important part of your business and you will wonder what you ever did before you had one!

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