If you haven’t noticed working from home is BIG. One of the legit jobs you can do from home is a virtual assistant. Virtual Assistants are for those business owners whom are overwhelmed by all the things you have to do as a business owner. Because Virtual Assistants are not very well know in some business worlds myths about what we do have come about.
Myth #1 Virtual Assistants are just an enhanced secretary.
When I tell people I am a Virtual Assistant, some people think I am just a secretary.
Honesty, yes and no.
Describing what a virtual assistants (VA) are can be hard at times. The best way I have found to keep it short and sweet and not pigeon hole myself. A VA is a person that can help a business owner to move the business forward.
A VA ultimately makes the business more profitable by giving the owner TIME.
- delegate work they don’t enjoy
- isn’t in their realm of expertise
- or is a task they might enjoy but is a time sucker
This TIME can be spent on their passion, their love, their “why” they started the business or it maybe it’s the TIME to balance work and home life.
Clients have different reasons for wanting or needing to hire Virtual Assistants. Hence, the difficulty in explaining what I do. The list of things a VA does can be endless. You name anything that can be done virtually and it can be done by Virtual Assistants.
Myth # 2 Virtual Assistants are cheap labor.
Again, yes and no.
Yes- virtual assistants can be found cheap. Have you ever heard the cliche “You get what you pay for?”
No, any respectable VA should charge their worth for their services. I personally would doubt the skill of a plumber charging me $5 an hour for a job. A VA should be looked at as an investment. We are resources to get the job done. When a VA is delegated tasks, that’s time the business owner can spend creating a positive ROI(return on investment).
Myth# 3 Virtual Assistants are employees.
No. Do yo consider a plumber an employee?
A VA is an independent contractor, not an employee. This is perfect for a business owner not ready to hire an employee because they will not have to pay the extra expense of hiring, and keeping an employee.
Think about all the things paid for to have an onsite employee? Office equipment,office space, electricity. water, paying for idle time, taxes, benefits, sick days, holidays, vacations.
So here is my question to you. Why would you NOT hire a VA if the work you need done can be done virtually?
I hope this has cleared up some myths about Virtual Assistants. The next time you have a project that is too big, a task you hate, a job that uses up all your time think about and then hire a VA. It will be money well spent and keep your business moving forward.
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