If you’re slowly disappearing under the weight of your to-do list or losing your day to emails and phone calls, you may have thought about hiring a Virtual Assistant. It certainly makes a lot of sense to start outsourcing those tasks that are not you dependent.
However, one of the reasons business owners delay hiring a Virtual Assistant is one around money. They worry that it’ll cost too much to hire a one and that it won’t be a cost-effective solution for them.
So how much does it cost to hire a Virtual Assistant? And will it be a cost-effective solution for you? Let’s look at getting you some clarity on those concerns!
What are they solving for you?
It really starts with getting clear on the benefits a Virtual Assistant can bring to you and your business. For starters, they’ll be able to free up a lot of your time. If you’re currently spending most of your day managing emails and phone calls, think about what you could do with that time, if a Virtual Assistant were to take those jobs off your plate. Think about whether your hourly rate is worthy of the jobs you’re currently doing or if your skills and talents are needed elsewhere.
Sit and have a think about what other tasks you can offload to a Virtual Assistant, in order to free up more of your (and your teams!) time and workload.
Skillset and specialism are important considerations
Virtual Assistants can handle almost any administrative project, from event planning and management, through to IT training and support. How much you pay for a Virtual Assistant will depend on the skills and specialisms you’re looking to hire them to take on.
For example, a Virtual Assistant who can provide IT training to your team or increase efficiency within your team will be worth more to you than someone who can manage your typing. If a Virtual Assistant can organise that big sponsor event you keep thinking of holding, but you just don’t have the time to implement, how much will that be worth to you – and what level of investment could you get in return? It’s more about what outcome you want them to provide, rather than their base hourly rate.
You get what you pay for
No matter what type of Virtual Assistant you’re looking to hire, it’s worth remembering – you get what you pay for. If you’re looking to cut costs and hire cheap, don’t expect to necessarily receive the level of service you’re looking for.
When it comes to hiring a Virtual Assistant, some will charge a set hourly rate, whilst others will charge retainer or product-specific package rates. What should be the top consideration for you is getting the best Virtual Assistant for your needs. This not only includes having the right skillset and specialism, but it also includes location, professionalism and ensuring they fit in with your business ideals and ethics.
If you’re ready to take the next step and discuss your needs, why not get in touch. We can assess your needs and budget, before giving you an accurate breakdown of what pricing you may be looking at. To get in touch, simply click here to request a call back.