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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.