What business are you in?
Construction, finance, engineering, marketing, retail?
Do you know a lot about that little niche of yours? I bet you do, else you wouldn’t be running the business you are. You wouldn’t know enough about the market share, the products, the top dogs of the industry. You wouldn’t know the best places to go to sell your stuff or the best people to approach.
And how have you learned all this?
You’ve been in your niche for a long time probably before you decided to venture out on your own and test the waters of self-employment.
You know all there is to know and some…
You run your own business don’t you?
So you run your own business and you know a lot about your own business sector or niche.
Am I right?
So, is it not a given that other people who run their own businesses also know a lot about their given business, niche and customers etc? Makes sense to me.
If you’ve ever considered hiring staff, you have probably thought about the costs involved of equipment for them to use, office space for them to occupy, pension plans to provide for and tax and national insurance contributions to worry about. With all that on top of finding the right person is it any wonder you are put off by the idea of finding paid help for your business.
However, have you ever considered outsourcing jobs that take up your time to those people who are working in the virtual environment? These people have their own equipment, provide their own office and contribute to their own personal pension plans and pay their own taxes. Sounds too good to be true. Well it isn’t and there is more. And probably the most important part of all.
Virtual Assistants nowadays run their own businesses. They aren’t like the folk who apply with their CV looking for their next stable 9-5 job. These are tech-savvy individuals who have taken advantage of the internet revolution that is taking place across the world that enables them to work alongside people in the UK, US, Europe, Australia and anywhere else you can think of at one and the same time. They provide an invaluable resource that can be hired long or short-term, dependent on your preference or complexity of the job in hand and they don’t have the added costs of equipment and office space.
Yes, you pay them the same amount per hour as a regular offline employee, or you should if they are worth their ‘salt’ because despite what people think, i.e. oh they work virtually so we can get them for pennies because they don’t have to travel – they never consider what the hidden costs of employees really are.
Once you begin to add up the costs of office equipment, space and contributions, you begin to see that minimum wage for virtual assistants isn’t that expensive at all. With no contracts as such, no redundancy packages, they are the new modern solution to our ever-burgeoning workload as entrepreneurs.
Consider the benefits of working alongside a virtual assistant when you next start to think about hiring employees but get put off with all the hidden costs they come with.
Plus, if these people are running their own businesses and know all about their niche, doesn’t it make sense they will be more adept at running the administrative side of your business than you? This is something they have experience in and can probably do in the half the time you do it. Surely the time saving alone has to be worth looking at it more deeply.
The online virtual world is becoming more and more attractive every day, don’t overlook this valuable resource when you next feel overwhelmed and exhausted by just trying to keep ahead of the game in your business.