5 Things to Know about Virtual Assistants

1. Why hire a high-level virtual assistant

Business owners use virtual assistants not only to reduce workload but also to increase revenue. Business owners accomplish more by outsourcing “or delegat[ing] the non-revenue generating or moneymaking tasks to a Virtual Assistant or ‘VA.’”[1]

2. How much to pay a virtual assistant

How much a business owner pays a VA will vary. The cost can range as widely as $5.50 to $30. However, the difference in cost can depend on skill level, reliability, whether the project is for short term or long term, and where the virtual assistant lives.[2]

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3. Where to find a virtual assistant

Here are 20 websites to find a VA:

  1. Twitter
  2. Assistant Match
  3. Office Details
  4. Craigslist
  5. VA Networking
  6. Resource Nation
  7. Virtual Assistants
  8. International Virtual Assistants Association
  9. Virtual Assistance U
  10. Tasks EveryDay
  11. Virtual Assistance Chamber of Commerce
  12. Team Double Click
  13. AssistU
  14. Staff Centrix
  15. Elance
  16. Find Virtual
  17. Get Friday
  18. Longer Days
  19. Hire My Mom
  20. Guru[3]

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4. What qualities to look for in a virtual assistant

Smart business owners do not hire just anyone. Of course, business owners want to hire high-level VA, who will charge higher prices probably. The VA needs to have certain qualities, such as the following:

  1. “Their own office space and equipment”
  2. “A flexible schedule”
  3. “Multiple communication options”
  4. “Internet experience”
  5. “Excellent written and verbal communication skills”
  6. “Independent critical-thinking ability”
  7. “Native English speaking”
  8. “Someone who can suggest a better way of accomplishing a task”[4]

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5. What to outsource to a virtual assistant

Here are 10 things to outsource to a VA:

  1. Bookkeeping
  2. Online research
  3. Database entries
  4. Data presentations
  5. Managing email
  6. Social tasks
  7. Travel research
  8. Scheduling
  9. Chasing business
  10. Industry knowledge[5]

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Key terminology

  • Virtual assistant: “A virtual assistant(typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.”[6]
  • Outsource: “To send out (work, for example) to an outside provider or manufacturer in order to cut costs.”[7]

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Questions

  1. Is hiring a virtual assistant right for me as a business owner?
  • You should hire a virtual assistant if you believe that it will save you time and money, especially when you look at the long-term outcomes.
  1. Why should I hire a high-level virtual assistant?
  • High-level virtual assistants may cost more. However, they will think independently, work faster, and communicate clearly when writing and speaking. As a result, you will be less stressed and worried.
  1. What is outsourcing? What are the benefits?
  • Outsourcing occurs when a business owner delegates assignments to a virtual assistant. If a business owner hires a high-quality assistant, not just the person who offers the lowest bid, the virtual assistant can help reduce business costs and stress on the company.

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end notes:

[1] See http://www.myevpllc.com/top-10-reasons-to-hire-a-high-level-virtual-assistant/.

[2] See http://www.hireyourvirtualassistant.com/blog/deciding-how-much-to-pay-a-virtual-assistant-rate-hourly-wage-salary-fees/.

[3] See http://www.dumblittleman.com/2008/12/20-places-to-find-top-notch-virtual.html.

[4] See http://www.myevpllc.com/top-10-reasons-to-hire-a-high-level-virtual-assistant/.

[5] http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225318

[6] See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_assistant.

[7] See http://www.thefreedictionary.com/outsource.

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