Hello, perhaps you’ve come here hoping to find out how I can help you as a Virtual Assistant.  If so, welcome and I hope that this blog will give you some useful ideas.

Several years ago now I was given a piece of advice which I have never forgotten.  It was this:

“Don’t waste your valuable time working on things that aren’t earning you money.  If you can pay someone £10 an hour to work on the small things, this will free you up to earn £30-50 per hour focusing on what you’re good at”.   Sadly, I am unable to recall where the advice came from.  Nowadays there is a wealth of information about “Outsourcing” online:

If you can’t delegate, see if you can outsource. With the Internet, we can connect with people from all over the world. I’ve outsourced many things, from small tasks to checking email to legal work to design and editing work and more. That allows me to focus on the things I’m best at, the things I love doing, and saves me a lot of time. “ Reclaim Your Time: 20 Great Ways to Find More Free Time

“According to a recent report from analyst firm Nelson Hall, the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) market is poised to hit $450 billion by 2012 as companies continue to turn to outsourcing as a strategic move to maintain profits and thrive amid economic recovery. Outsourcing has been established as a typical practice for large companies, but there are also tremendous benefits for startup organizations as well.”  Focus on What You Do Best: Top 3 Business Processes to Outsource

So, here I am, a Virtual Assistant, I can do many of those menial, time consuming,  and non revenue producing tasks for you, whilst you move forward realising your dreams and making more money per hour than you pay me.  For instance, if you can earn £100 per hour speaking at an event, or conference, why not pay me to do some of the leg work for this and give you more time to do what you do well.  An hour of my time frees you up to earn another £100 and reduces your work load.

I am a great administrator and organiser; I am passionate about what I do, just as you probably are about what you do.   If you are successful I am pretty sure that getting things right is at the top of your list.  Well, that’s good, because getting things right is at the top of my list too.  If we collaborate and work as a team then you will have time to become more successful, or if you prefer, have more free time to spend with your loved ones.

There are many other ways that I can save you money.  These are the most obvious ones.   You won’t need to pay me if I am sick, you won’t need to pay me whilst I am on holiday, you won’t need to make pension contributions or national insurance contributions for me.  I can be working for you as a VA, but you have none of the overheads you’d have if I was your PA and working in your place of work.  Hey, you don’t even have to supply me with my PC, a desk, chair, and safe working environment or provide me somewhere to make myself a drink.  Less obvious advantages are, I won’t be late for work due to public transport problems, road works, the wrong leaves on the line, or heavy snow.

“More small businesses are outsourcing tasks these days because technology has advanced to the point of professionals being able to work from anywhere in the world, coupled with the availability and accessibility of extremely qualified professionals who have decided or been forced to leave the corporate world, [such as] virtual executive assistants, marketing directors, graphic designers, transcriptionists, paralegals, web designers, HR consultants, bookkeepers, PR directors, IT specialists, and the list goes on,” Sparks says. “These freelancers come on board as subcontractors and save the small business owner the burden of paying overhead associated with payroll taxes and expenses such as health insurance and worker’s compensation, as well as the space constrictions that growing a company in-house can present.”  How to Build a Better Business with Outsourcing

I hope that you’ve found some useful information here.  If there is anything you want to know more about or if I haven’t covered things you’d like to know, please don’t hesitate to contact me and ask me questions or leave a comment on this blog.

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