Every business needs administration, accounts or marketing assistance – if not every day then at least from time to time on an ad hoc basis. But not all businesses can afford to (or want to) hire a staff member on a permanent basis. One week you might have several tasks that you want to delegate to an assistant, followed by nothing for a week or even a month. A staff member cannot be sustained this way, but a virtual assistant loves this work flow!
What is a VA?
A virtual assistant (VA) works on a casual or freelance basis. They usually work from home, but might work from an office, and might charge per hour or per project. Each VA will have their own skill set and will specialise in certain tasks.
Here are 10 of the most popular tasks a VA can assist you with:
2. Data entry
3. Blog writing
4. Proof reading
7. Customer service
8. Website design
9. Social Media management
10. Marketing or PR management
How much does a VA cost?
Each VA will have their own rates, based on their level of experience and the tasks they are completing. Some offer an hourly rate others might offer packages, and some offer both.
The great benefit to you is that you are only paying for the actual work they do, rather than paying someone to sit at the office and sometimes do nothing if you cannot guarantee regular work. And you can discuss rates and get a quote at the start of the task so you know what you’ll be invoiced for.
How to find a VA
You can do a Google search - I can recommend the Virtually Yours network - but another good idea is to ask around. Finding a VA that comes recommended by a friend, colleague or business associate means you’ll be working with a VA that has a good reputation. Alternatively, ask around at your local business groups.
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