Over the past few weeks, I have been focused on doing something a little differently inside of my business. My aim has always been to own my own business, but I have been too busy working inside of my business instead of on it. Things have changed. It is now my goal to free myself from the mundane detailed work of the business, but how?
The answer to this question is by building what I call a VA Army. A VA is a virtual assistant. This is someone that helps you complete goals inside of your business from a remote location. Over the next few weeks, we will be discussing the ins and outs of VAs and building what I am calling a VA Army, so get ready to experience the work from my eyes.
Benefits of Building a VA Army
There are several benefits to building a VA Army I would like to share with you. I know the word outsourcing seems to be a dirty word around these parts of the world, but it isn’t as bad as people are making it out to be. The world of capitalism is shifting and it is better to be working with the trend than run over by it.
Let’s talk about a few of the benefits of working and building a VA Army using outsourcing techniques. Feel free to add your own comments and thoughts if you have them to the comment section below. I am always open to hearing from you on these issues.
1) Independent Contractors – One of the great things about hiring VAs is they are independent contractors. You don’t have to pay insurance or taxes on their fees. You just hire them for a specific task and that is it. In addition, you can fire them at any point you decide you are finished with their services.
2) Choices: Hourly or Fixed Rates – You are allowed to hire VAs for specific task that may cost a set fee or you can hire them hourly for services you outline for them.
3) Flexibility – You are in total control when working with VAs. You are not stuck with any one person. If you don’t like how things are going, you can either provide some additional training to the VAs or you can fired them and hire someone else altogether. It is this sort of flexibility that has really drawn me to the prospect of hiring Vas.
4) Low Cost – They say you get what you pay for in business, but I have had very good success outsourcing work to VAs for very low cost. In fact, you will be surprised to hear I have hired several people from 0.56/hr to $2.22/hr. In fact, after having such success with people in less than a dollar range, I have moved hiring people in this range exclusively.
Hiring VAs for less than one dollar an hour does require more specific directions and attention, but I am finding it is worth the effort. These people are competent and hard working. They just need to have the directions laid out for them very specifically, which is something you should practice in your business anyway.
Overall, I have had a great experience bring on VA’s into my business and am looking forward to doing much more of it in the near future. It is my aim to share this experience with you over the next few weeks. Maybe you will consider adding a few VA’s to your business in the future as well.
If you have had any experiences hiring VA’s, please share them with us below. Would you do it again and how did things turn out? If you haven’t hired any VA’s in your business, would you consider hiring a few in the future?