What is a Virtual Assistant (VA)?

A Virtual Assistant (VA) works with your business or lifestyle to support you in various 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 support with website design, marketing or strategic project management.

Can I have more than one Virtual Assistant?

It’s possible that 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, you can easily develop a team of VAs to provide you with all the support you need in a cost-effective manner.

What is the cost?

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

Who to choose?

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 which could undermine 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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