What is a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant can work on pretty much any day-to-day things you do. This person might do data entry, customer service tasks, or even schedule your social media needs.
Working remotely with high speed internet, this work-for-hire contractor can live anywhere in the world. The best part: you don't need to have just one person who does it all. The tasks don't have to be ongoing. Instead you will want to begin by hiring just one person for one small task that you are either horrible at doing (as in it takes you 5 times longer to do it than anything else) or you just don't do it because you loathe doing it so much or by hiring someone to do it, you can earn an income from it which is a no-brainer.
By taking this small task off your plate you will free up your time to do activities only you can do, which in turn is what people pay for.
How much does it cost to have a virtual assistant?
What you choose to pay a VA can vary greatly depending on what the VA typically charges for the type of work asked for, how many hours per week or month the VA does the work, and even where the VA lives.
As with most things in the world, you typically get what you pay for. Paying for good work should be done. Also, you will find that the effect of paying for good help will be worth every penny.
If you choose to use someone who is willing to take bottom dollar, realize that you might be dealing with someone who has little to no experience (not necessarily a bad thing, but realize that person will also need a learning curve), you may be hiring someone who needs more time than usual, or the work could be subpar.
I like to think that anyone who takes on a job wants to give their best, but I also know that experience and expertise play a huge factor in that - and with experience and expertise comes a higher premium for those services. And that, my friends, is a good thing. You want your customers to pay for your work - we want to show that same respect for those that can quite literally be our business's saving grace.
5 ways to pay your VA:
Now that you realize that you can hire someone to do the tasks you prefer not to do - and that you might be losing money by not freeing up your time to do more of what earns you an income, let's talk about some out-of-the-box ideas for paying your virtual assistants:
1 - Payment by Task: First up, realize you don't have to pay by the hour. What takes you 30 minutes might take someone else 60 or vice versa. A good rule of thumb for tasks that aren't specialized is $15-$25 per hour. Figure out how many hours it would take you to do the task and multiply that number by 1.5 to figure out the task rate.
If you don't have a lot of capital saved up, offer to "pay" in product. If you find some of your fans who love to proofread or want to moderate comments in your online community, they may be tickled to be able to earn free products every month.
2 - Promotion: If you have a decent sized network of followers, you might find that potential newer teacher sellers and bloggers might be thrilled with payments of social media shout outs to help them get their growing business off the ground.
3 - Mentoring: Along those same lines, if you are willing to "trade" your experience by taking a new seller under your wing, you can find some really eager helpers to tasks some of your common tasks off your plate. You will definitely want to set up an agreement ahead of time, along with setting appointments for hours of work to hours of mentoring earned.
Make sure the mentee knows exactly when his or her work will paid off in one-on-one mentoring so there are no surprises or feeling of being taken advantage of.
4 - Profit Sharing: If you really want to start out with hiring out work, look for tasks that can earn your money back. For instance, pitching (and writing the content) for sponsored posts or optimizing your website for advertising revenue can earn you more money.
By offering a fraction of the profits from that work, the contractor only gets paid when you do.
5 - Bartering: This is a great way to collaborate with blogging friends.
I remember when I taught 3rd grade, my grade level team of 8 used to split up the work. One person would do the weekly newsletter, another would do the monthly book orders for the entire grade level, and so on. Everyone chose a task they enjoyed and it covered everyone else.
This works the same way. Have some discussions would a blogging buddy and find out something they don't enjoy doing that you might enjoy - and vice versa. Trade out those items to make life better for you both.
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What do you think you'll hire out first? Share in the comments at the Teaching Blog Traffic School blog. I love to hear from you!
This post originally appeared on Teaching Blog Traffic School.