South African small business owners pay attention, this information can help turn your business around. Hiring staff is not always an easy option for new business owners due to cost. Meanwhile, the work load just keeps piling up and you have to do it all by yourself. It is possible but ineffective, you should not be fully hands-on day-to-day tasks, or building your own website. You need a virtual assistant.
Your focus must be 100% on growing your business and on what you do best. Delegate the rest, tasks like handling your own social media pages, answering all emails, scheduling your meetings, preparing your presentations etc.
So of course you could hire someone to come work for you in-house but are you good at hiring the right staff? (Click Here to read our earlier blog on hiring.)
What if you also work from home or Cafe’s and cannot yet afford to rent an office space? Your next, cheaper and best option is hiring a virtual assistant.
In the early stages of your business it is best to cut, cut and grow;
- Cut down on time spent doing tasks that do not make you money.
- Cut down on money spent hiring people who cannot do the job to your satisfaction
- Grow your business.
What is a virtual assistant (VA)?
A self-employed professional who helps business owners with administrative, creative and technical services. Nowadays VAs have added social media handling to their scope. They usually work from their home office or under a VA agency or consulting agency like MBAs.
Although, it’s important to note that not all VAs are freelancers. What makes us unique at MBAs is that we work as a business. Not only do we have corporate experience, we also have a full understanding of what it means to be a small business owner. Virtual assistants are different and offer a range of services.
There are 3 types of Virtual assistants
- Task-based VAs; they offer a retainer package you pay monthly for a specific number of tasks. If you need on-going support in your business for a long list of tasks then this option is best for you. These tasks are usually performed by a group of VAs, not just one.
- Project-based VAs; they are useful for short-term or once-off projects. If you want someone to write articles for your blog, e-book or transcribe your audio memo. Other tasks may include designing your book cover or developing your website, for instance. You pay for what you need and prices may vary from R500 to R10,000 depending on your needs and timeline.
- Virtual employee; they become your full-time or part-time support. You may be paying them a monthly salary or hourly rates depending on what you negotiate. They are always there for you and you grow together, strengthening your relationship. They are just like your employee, only difference is they work from their place, not yours. Pretty convenient, don’t you think?