There are several well-made arguments for why you should outsource aspects of your business to a Virtual Assistant and what it could mean for your growth. On the other hand, there are a few myths that cloud virtual assistance.
We debunk 4 myths about outsourcing tasks by hiring a virtual assistant:
My business is too small to justify outsourcing
Wrong! Take a moment to think about what you do in a day. How many days you feel like you just don’t get to everything or that the important work always stands over to the next day and the next?
Do you weigh up writing a blog post at the cost of curating your social media? Or trudge through a jam-packed inbox at the cost of scouting new business opportunities? No matter how small your business might seem, you will definitely find several tasks that can be taught to someone else, freeing up your time to get down to business.
Virtual Assistants require time and supervision
Virtual Assistants are excellent at multitasking and have a very proficient skill set that help them to quickly catch on to the scope of work and complete it efficiently. Touching base with them often is a great idea, but they most likely dislike being micromanaged. Think about a VA more as a support system in your business that can grow to be irreplaceable, rather than just someone who does your scutwork.
Virtual Assistants are expensive
Not true in the slightest! Virtual assistance can be booked at rates calculated based on the work they need to do. For example, administrative tasks will be billed for hourly, while speciality tasks such as copywriting, transcription and minute-taking can be agreed upon at a per page rate. However, it is imperative for you to be clear about your expectations and deadline so that the VA has a fair amount of time to finish the task and deliver upon it.
No one can do it better than I can
A Virtual Assistant is so much more than an admin lady or a secretary. As mentioned earlier, he/she is a person with a cultivated and specific skill set that might take you years to learn or that you have no background of. Depending on your needs, you can build yourself a team of virtual assistants with different skill sets that complement each other. Perhaps you need a tax practitioner to navigate your finances. Maybe you need to send a monthly newsletter but don’t know anything about MailChimp. Have you done one day of video editing in your life? If not, get someone on your team who is a pro at it.