I’ve had a lot of people ask me how is it that I have a virtual assistant (VA) at this stage of my business.
Let me give you a little background about myself. I started freelance writing sometime in 2013 while still holding a full-time job, and for one year I struggled with the thought of getting new clients because I was afraid that I wouldn’t have the time to manage so much work. The moment VA-SG launched, my motivation and enthusiasm grew, and I knew I could juggle several things at one go with the help of trusty VAs to rely on.
Eventually, I decided to break free.
In October 2014, I upped and quit my job to do freelance content management full-time.
My loved ones have nagged at me at the fact that I employ VA to handle some of my work. Their argument is legitimate: I’ve just started a new business, my income has not stabilised, and I don’t even have a substantial amount of clients; so why am I wasting my money on a VA?
I have my reasons.
Set Up Shop
The first and probably most important factor of hiring a VA is so I can focus on setting up my business processes and lay the groundwork before I dive into a sea of potential clientele. I’ve faced a lot of hiccups trying to create my website, figure out the best pricing structure, research what my target audience wants – all as a sole business owner and well, only employee of my company.
My VA has helped me research and fill up the gaps I identify yet have no time to figure out as I need to spend precious time working on client projects to generate income. My VA is aware that I’m a fresh start-up and we work on a budget that is easy on my pocket and worth her time.
My VA is also a great resource when it comes to actually getting her hands dirty on projects. There are a lot of trivial things to do for my writing assignments such as identifying and cleaning duplicate links for my curated article list on Excel.
Due to my nature of work, I don’t have one specific rate for clients, as I am mostly required to manage content on different levels. For clients that need more research, I look to my VA who then helps me dig in deeper while I focus on servicing my clients with good quality writing. We work out a budget based on the rate I’m getting and see if the number of hours she has to work is justified.
Being a freelance writer has its perks. Outsourcing content is also one of the many services that companies like VA-SG provide, opening up a two-way street for business. I’m fortunate to have a VA who trusts me to the point that if her management is looking for a content provider for certain industries, I get called up first. It’s an honour to know that the person you hire to do your work sees your end-result and is even willing to refer you to other potential clients with the hopes of building a healthy long-term working relationship together.
The articles you read on this blog make it evident that hiring a VA to outsource your tasks is the way to go in this increasing healthy lifestyle that we live. It is important to remember to have an open-line communication with your VA so he or she can manage your expectations well, for without it, regardless of your VA’s capabilities, no fruitful progress can be made.
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About The Author
Manisha Dhalani is a freelance content manager who, if not found with her head buried in a book, is usually busy trying to find ways to better the world with words that tug on the heart’s strings. Thanks to years of experience as a writer, editor and entrepreneur, she is also capable of using content to boost your business awareness and help you gain a competitive edge.
Visit her website at www.manishadhalani.com for more information.