April 16, 2015

Several people have been asking me what a virtual assistant actually is and how one can benefit your life.  They seem somewhat reluctant to hire a virtual assistant because they don’t fully understand what one can do and how the whole process works. 


A common assumption is that, if you need help, the only option is to hire a full-time, physically-present assistant, however, this is not always the best option.  I will keep this short & to the point for all you busy folk out there and hopefully I can clear up some of those questions and doubts! 



What can a virtual assistant do for you?

In short, any administrative work that does not require their physical presence.  This can include:

  • Website & blog creation and managing

  • Calendaring contract dates & follow-up

  • Creating invoices for you

  • Travel research and booking

  • Assistance with event planning

  • Data input

  • Proofreading and copyediting documents (offered in 3 languages at C3)

  • Creating powerful PowerPoint presentations

  • Due Diligence and miscellaneous research

  • Screening e-mails and responding on your behalf

  • Project management


5 cons of hiring a full-time, salaried employee: 

  • The hiring process can be tedious.  With all the job postings, resume reviewing, phone screenings, onsite interviews, it takes up A LOT of time. 

  • Once you account for the salary, benefits, employee insurance (health, dental, vision), workers comp insurance, employment taxes, paid vacations, sick days, the total cost can become rather substantial!

  • Let’s face it – full time employees rarely work the daily 8 hours that you are paying them for.  That’s just more money down the drain.

  • Of course if you are going to hire a fixed employee then you will have to have a place for them to set up camp.  More space = more money.

  • If you are having a slow week and there is not enough work, you can’t exactly press the pause button on salaries and ask your assistant to stand idly by until work flow increases.


5 pros of hiring a virtual assistant:

  • No need to waste a truckload of money and your valuable time on the hiring process.

  • You don’t have to spend one month on employee training and then find out that they are not the right fit for you.

  • Gone are the days of paying your employee to update their status on Facebook.  You pay for what you get. 10 hours of work is 10 hours of pay.

  • Your virtual assistant can quickly and painlessly free up your time so you can focus on what you do best.

  • No more headache on dealing with employment tax, liabilities, insurance coverage, etc. With one click, you can have a virtual assistant.  That’s it.  Done.

I hope this helps clarify a few things, however, if you ever need more information, feel free to reach out to me directly at crystal@c3virtual.com.


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