Employing someone is risky – finding the right person fit for a business is a skill and many recruitment agencies don’t get it right with all their experience and resources available.

How is a struggling sole trader, who is busy, going to find the time to do it? The person will need to be local, qualified, committed and reliable as well as to have a personality fit for the business and owner. They will have to work closely together so it is essential they get on well and can communicate effectively.

This task is a big jump for any business person but it is essential in order to move forward and develop as a business in order to grow. Also, a time consuming project with job specification to write, advertising and interviewing to find the right fit.

Many small businesses and sole traders recognise they need help but at the beginning it is a difficult decision to be able to delegate and train that individual.

A great solution to “get a little help” is to ask someone you know – a friend or relation or friend of a friend. Someone who is recommended as they are (mostly) available, have done the sort of work before and they “know” them. The least important qualification for a “helper” seems to be skills.

Skills can be taught “on-the-job” and the way the owner would like it to be done but that will take the owner away from the work in his business. Or send them for training; another expense. This will also be a learning curve for the “helper” and may result in missed opportunities, mistakes and errors. All very negative when the result actually being aiming for was the exact opposite.

Using a Virtual Assistant is an excellent alternative. They have the skills to carry out the tasks, can be employed on an hourly basis or when required – no paying for “learning” and “trying” to do the job.

The owner has not wasted money in setting up Tax and NI or providing office space and equipment as well as providing for an employee such as sick pay, maternity pay and “time off for personal appointments”.

The owner will save money, time and stress knowing that the work is being carried out by someone qualified, professional and willing – what a great solution. The owner will be able to concentrate on his work not the work of his “assistant”.

Employing staff is a whole new ball game with its own set of rules. Working with a VA is an option that a great many business people are turning to. Check out my book on How to Hire a Virtual Assistant. Available on Amazon by clicking here

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