Have you considered hiring a virtual assistant, but aren’t sure it’s the right time? Are you unsure of where to look or how to start? Do you know what to delegate to a VA? And exactly how to manage someone who’s not onsite?

A lot of questions go into the decision to hire virtual help, and the answers depend on you and your business situation.

When you can say yes to any of the following scenarios, it’s time to hire a VA:

  • Your business is on an upswing, making it difficult to keep up like you used to.
  • You feel your time would be better spent on big-picture tasks, but you just can’t seem to get away from the minutiae.
  • You cringe at the thought of producing all those payroll “extras”—worker’s comp, payroll taxes, medical and dental coverage, sick days and vacation time—when you don’t have enough work to justify hiring a permanent employee.
  • Your existing assistant frequently has spillover work he or she can’t get to.
  • You’re sick of working excessively long hours, getting little sleep and feeling run down.
  • You have a one-time project that you don’t have the time or know-how to complete.

If any of this describes you, you’re ready to bring in help. A virtual assistant can tackle stretch projects, daily grind chores, and one-off tasks that make sure you’re supported when you need it.

Where do you look and how do you start?

Well, you’ve made it here, so you’re on the right track! You can also visit popular sites like Upwork, Fiverr and Freelancer. It’s a bit of work to hire great freelancers through these sites, but it can be done.

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of hiring an overseas VA. They’re cheap, some of them provide pretty decent work, and they’re willing to do almost anything. Despite this, I don’t advocate for outsourcing. Here’s why:

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, there were 14 million American jobs outsourced in 2013, at a time when 7 million unemployed American workers struggled to make ends meet. That’s 7 million potential customers who can’t afford your product. It probably doesn’t affect you in the here and now but if this trend continues, think about what it means to the future of American business. Do you want to share a dwindling client base?

Or would you prefer a robust economy filled with able buyers?

You also benefit by partnering with someone who possesses a native understanding of American customs and habits, as well as fluency in the language. This is exactly what you need from someone who is representing YOU.

If your business is ready to for the next level, it’s time to consider hiring virtual help. The right VA can help your profits explode! But make sure to think beyond your short-term needs: think, too, of the long-term benefits of supporting the U.S. economy.

The more money we keep onshore, the longer we can all stay in business.

 

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