You’ve launched your work from home business, and you’re off to a great start.
You’ve got a steady stream of clients, and you’re getting busier by the day.
Your inbox is inundated.
Your calendar is chocked-full.
You’re making money, but the more your business grows, the less time you have.
Instead of focusing the majority of your work day on the most high-value activities, you find that you’re having to spend more time on mundane tasks to stay afloat.
If this sounds like you, it’s probably time to bring in some outside help.
Why You Should Hire a Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants help virtual business owners maximize their time by taking over routine activities.
Managing social media interactions, performing data entry, scheduling meetings and the like take valuable time away from VBOs.
To maximize your earnings, you have to dedicate the majority of your time to the most revenue-generating activities.
Don’t spend your time on the $10/hr task.
Spend your time on the $100/hr task.
Let someone else handle the small stuff.
Hiring a virtual assistant will help you leverage your time and get more done during the work week.
You’ll be able to focus on the high-value things that you do best, and you’ll enjoy peace of mind because your virtual assistant has taken some of the load off.
Where You Can Find a Virtual Assistant
You can find a virtual assistant online with ease.
But there are some important considerations to take into account before you start your search.
What tasks are you looking to outsource?
How much are you willing to spend?
Will you need to have frequent interaction with your virtual assistant?
If you don’t need to interact with your virtual assistant, looking beyond the U.S. is a good option.
You can find virtual assistants who can do everything from data entry to design overseas and for cheap.
Onlinejobs.ph is a good example.
It’s a marketplace to find Filipino workers with expertise in the most commonly outsourced trades.
You can hire people for as little as $3 to $6 per hour, making it a good option for VBOs who are looking for a little help at an affordable cost.
If you do need to communicate regularly with your virtual assistant, you should limit your search to the U.S.
You’ll have to pay more than what you’d pay for a virtual assistant overseas, but hiring a virtual assistant is about ROI.
If you find someone who allows you to spend your time on the things that make the most money for your work from home business, then the amount you spend on a virtual assistant becomes negligible.
Upwork is a good place to find ready virtual assistants.
Just filter your post so that you only accept applications from North America.
Another good place to look is Craigslist.
Here at VBO Nation, we’ve used Craigslist to find good virtual assistants to help with all sorts of tasks.
If you need to stay in touch with your virtual assistant via email, phone call or web chat, look for people located within a few hours of your time zone.
We like to post in areas that have lower costs of living and a stable, educated workforce… places like El Paso, TX; Montgomery, AL; and Omaha, NE are good examples.
What to Look for in a Virtual Assistant
Punctuality and organization are essential traits of a good virtual assistant.
Look for virtual assistants who can demonstrate their skills.
Ask for resumes and portfolios.
You’re not hiring an employee, but the process for finding and hiring good help is always the same.
Look for red flags.
If you’re hiring a copywriter to write for your blog or manage your emails, make sure that they don’t have any typos in their correspondence.
You can also request that applicants take online tests to determine their suitability as a virtual assistant.
For example, you may want to have someone performing data entry to complete a wpm typing test.
Always interview, and use a webcam if you can.
Speaking with a virtual assistant candidate beforehand is the best way to evaluate their competence.
Hiring a virtual assistant can help boost your business by eliminating smaller tasks.
We’ve got another blog coming up with more great info on the subject.
You’ll learn the top tasks to outsource to a virtual assistant so you can focus your attention on high-value activities.
Check back soon!