The other day, you got a job in the middle of another job which required an urgent attention. Meanwhile, you are duty-bound to be present in digital media space with marketing content. But then, there are other domestic things also begging for attention. For some of us, This always is a thing of a challenge and would always remain so.
As a budding entrepreneur, small or medium, there will always remain some areas and certain period we get so overwhelmed and feel like throwing it all up. Even more so this days which demand you get involved in many activities, so as to stay relevant asides meeting your client’s diverse calls. This is where you feel it’s high time you get an assistant, employ someone or get a team to take care of things.
As much as that isn’t a bad idea, you might do with more gut to bring off and most importantly, sustain. Yea, it’s easy employing someone on a full-time contract agreement, but more crucial is meeting up with your own responsibility every month end (when the time is due to pay your dues).
Unfortunately, this is one blunder made oftentimes by some SMEs in the past, who after making a little leap, take out to fill their places (offices/shops) with people (workers), but couldn’t sustain in time of business/financial challenges. Eventually, the workers either walk away or were forced to lay off after months of bare payment (which is even the most disappointing).
Pardon aiming the old ignorant businesspeople, some of today’s entrepreneurs are still on course, while some others only stay off due to fear of such a grim fate. But then, there’s more to lose to (giving in to) fears.
Now, with the recent rise in technology and trends (such as virtual assistant initiative), there’s more an entrepreneur could exploit from such a time.
Already, our world is fast moving on a virtual course. By far, relationship (dating) is even being facilitated and sustained virtually from the current reality. It’s no more a breaking news that work is also going virtual; a fact which many creative people; writers, graphic/web designers…would attest. This is even extending to other industries (or career line) which prioritize getting the job done anyway.
Now, a virtual assistant, for work, is someone who can offer assistant or work for you either remotely or on site and/or per task.
Here’s what a project.
Leveraging on virtual assistance could save you the following:
- Stress: Yeah right! Though you might think you are losing money outsourcing, but meeting your clients’ needs in time, while keeping low your stress level is both good for your business and health; both physical and psycho.
- Money. Yea money. This you would understand if your business mandated more hands. Get this, you will always spend more on contract staffs than virtual staffs payroll. Yea, you may not have offered someone who comes to your workspace daily on the same pay scale you are putting a virtual assistant, as there’s a lot which separates the two.
For instance, I could recall my first job as a digital media intern which my employer had to change to virtual contract, because what he could offer couldn’t have taken care of my transport. But my job/assignments are deliverables which could be sent over the internet. He was faced with the option of keeping me, increase my pay significantly or get a boy-next-door to do the job like I do. The easiest choice? Retain me on a virtual assistant contract agreement with an option I come twice a month, which of course was very reasonable. A Maritime company (which I handled their social media) also offered a similar deal: the latter offered to slash my pay on the new agreement which turned out a win-win situation for the both of us. Always a win for you the payer
Calling virtual assistant to action:
- Call to help you out with current or new job/project. Yea, also called outsourcing. Though you might not easily trust someone to do the job better than you do, there are diverse experts up for approach in your field whose jobs you also admire. If you have none, then it could be high time you started getting it right with networking.
- Call to handle certain parts. Sometimes this could be something inevitable to your professional calling. I assume you know your business better. So you know the right combination of hands/skills which your business needs rightly.
- Get to handle the necessity part. Particularly the part of branding and (content) marketing. Common, you don’t have all the time and possibly capacity. Creating content (written and graphics) particularly for digital media engagement (social) is becoming something of a necessity nowadays, and so, with virtual expertise (graphic designers, writers everywhere), you need not employ someone to fill your office space in order to handle that part or some other necessities.
- Then logistics
For some of us, handling a job from zero to finish may not even be as tedious as getting it delivered. The other day, I lost a tab-phone to backpack-pickers -while working on a banner project. But then, this is something I could have called a boy to help produce and pass over to the client. Heck no, it cost me sweats and valuable phone.
Howbeit there’s a lot you can as well do with just a call away or a chat. I wouldn’t know the industry you are at, only you know. But there’s definitely areas of your business you need a hand. But then, necessity is upon you anyway and the best way to be efficient with all demands may be the virtual way out.
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