• Mrs Marketing

Why you should hire a Virtual Assistant right now.


Outsourcing has become increasingly popular in the UK in recent years and yet many small business owners are reluctant to use virtual assistants to help their businesses. There seems to be a notion that only big companies have a need to outsource tasks but this isn’t the case at all. I’m going to tell you why you should hire a virtual assistant and how you can do it.


Put simply outsourcing is to send part of a company’s work to outside providers to simplify and/or reduce costs. People throughout the world, just like me, advertise their services to companies in exchange for a fee and, hopefully, a recommendation.


It doesn’t matter if you’re a one man band or a huge corporation, you can outsource tasks regardless.


So why should you outsource and hire a virtual assistant?


Instant access to a skilled and knowledgeable professional


Virtual Assistants are skilled professionals who have many years’ experience in an office based environment. They have often run successful businesses themselves and have multiple skills that you can tap into. You can literally outsource EVERYTHING in your business and you can always find someone who will do it for you.


Reduce your workload


When you run a small business you have to be the ‘jack of all trades’ and there may be times when there is just too much to do and not enough hours in the day. Outsourcing your back-office tasks can greatly reduce your workload and give you the time to focus on customers and growing your business.


Virtual Assistants save your business money


Hiring a freelance virtual assistant is extremely cost effective. A virtual assistant may charge from £15.00 per hour which can sound expensive but remember you are only paying them for the hours they work. You don’t have to pay for lunch breaks, sick pay, holiday days, NI etc. Simply put you do not have to employ more staff.


Virtual Assistants save you space


Having a virtual assistant means you don’t have to make room in your office for another desk, another phone and yet more expenses. A virtual assistant works from their own office, often from home, using all their own equipment. 98% of back-office functions can be done remotely so it doesn’t matter where you are, a virtual assistant can help.


Keep in control of your cash flow


Virtual assistants charge either by the hour or a fixed fee for a project which puts you in control of your cash flow. You know exactly how much your spending on every task you need doing.


Virtual Assistants take away those time consuming, but necessary tasks


Let’s face it; we all hate admin, unless you’re me because I love it! Administration is a necessary evil and business owners often see admin as just a cost but look at it another way, without those tasks being completed your business wouldn’t be running as efficiently as it should. Virtual assistants take away the admin burden leaving you to do what you do best and rather than thinking as admin as a cost, you should think of it as a positive. Without you’re admin being done I guarantee you’ll find yourself in a big, disorganised mess very quickly


I can keep going with the endless list of reasons why virtual assistants are amazing but I can’t sway you with saving time, saving money, assessing skilled professionals without the hassle and reducing your workload then I really don’t know what I can say so ill move on and tell you how to hire a fabulous virtual assistant.


How to Hire a Virtual Assistant


There are hundreds of freelancer sites out the internet, some are tailored to certain skills sets and others are just for freelancers based in certain countries. The best freelancer sites are those that provide a good chunk of information about freelancers and the skills they possess.


I advertise on the following sites and they are the only ones I would recommend at present. I’ve included a link so you can check them out.


People Per Hour


https://www.peopleperhour.com/site/referralaward?rfrd=1661572.1


Upwork


https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~01dd79354f6855724b


Freelancer


https://www.freelancer.com/u/mrsmarketinguk


Freelance UK


https://www.freelanceuk.com/find-a-freelancer/


The process of finding a freelancer is simple. Visit the recommended sites and post a detailed description of the task you need doing, decide the amount your willing to pay and post your advert. Virtual assistants like myself will then bid on the job, and you choose your favourite, and hey presto, you’re working together! You can ask interview questions, get proof of their skills and qualifications and even see portfolios of their work.


Another way to find a virtual assistant is to hire one directly, for instance you can hire me directly by visiting my website www.mrsmarketing.co.uk and sending me a message with your requirements. There isn’t only me out there though, a quick Google search will bring up thousands of  freelancers for you to choose from, so go ahead get searching and find your virtual assistant and get outsourcing today!