Are you an entrepreneur or business owner and you’ve thought about hiring a virtual assistant (VA) but you’re just not sure where to start because you’ve heard this or that? Here are a few myths that I’ve heard and I’d like the opportunity to squelch them!
Myth: I have to hire a VA full time.
Fact: The beauty about hiring a VA is that they can work as few or as many hours as you’d like them to. Ideally, you’ll have a team of VAs to handle different projects for your business.
Myth: I have to pay benefits for a VA.
Fact: Perhaps one of the coolest things about being a VA is that we are independent contractors, so we pay our own taxes and benefits–this is one of the biggest selling points in my opinion: getting a qualified, smart team in place and not having to pay benefits!
Myth: It’s expensive to hire a VA.
Fact: I like to share the “Return on Investment” or ROI with my potential clients and prospects considering to hire a VA. The fact is this, let’s say you are a coach and you charge $200/hour, you hire a VA for $50/hour to handle your social media, posting your blogs and putting your newsletter together each month for a total of 10 hours per month. That out-of-pocket cost for you is between $500/month. If you are spending time doing those activities, it may potentially take you between 10-20 hours to complete, at $200/hour, that cost is $2,000-4,000/month! You could save yourself between $1,500-3,500/month! Additionally, you are now freed up to use those hours to find new clients, attend networking events, write that book…
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Thanks for sharing Sherranda!
Some excellent points. Educating potential clients is one of the hardest aspects of being a virtual assistant.
Thanks so much, Domenic. Glad you enjoyed the post!
Excellent points Dortha and actually true of hiring other skilled people. Why? Because a) you can’t know it all and b) it can take you a gazillion times longer to do something when you have to learn it, weed through the nonsense and figure it all out.
Thanks so much MamaRed! Good point–love that point about not being able to do it all ourselves–really good point. And yes, I have clients who have us do their newsletter for the fact that it takes them 3 or 4 hours to do it and our team can put everything together in usually less than an hour. (: xoxo