Some Myths of Using a Virtual Assistant

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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I'm the Chief Overwhelm Eliminator at Pretty Smart Virtual Services - where we specialize in Rescuing YOU Out of Overwhelm So You Can Do What You Love. Take Back Your Life--Let Us Tackle Your To-Do List! Specialties: Dreamweaver, Audacity, Audio Acrobat, InstantTeleseminar, WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Joomla, Drupal, Google+, Pinterest I'd love to connect with you here on LinkedIn, please send me a connect request. If you'd like to learn how a virtual assistant can help you leverage your business efforts, please email me and let me know you'd like to set up a complimentary discovery session.
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6 Responses to Some Myths of Using a Virtual Assistant

  1. Some excellent points. Educating potential clients is one of the hardest aspects of being a virtual assistant.

  2. MamaRed says:

    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

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