I hired a VA just before I launched Alaska Tracy, even though I had no income yet to support the VA. Why did I do this? So that I could focus on what I am good at – business consulting.
I would like to introduce you to Phil, my VA. Here are 5 key questions and answers that explain the benefits of having a VA.
1. Tracy Q: What is a VA?
Phil A: A virtual assistant (typically abbreviated to VA) is an entrepreneur who provides administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office. Different VAs have different specialties, but I especially enjoy working with creative professionals and entrepreneurs.
2. Tracy Q: When I discuss a VA with many business owners they say, “I need to see my assistant face to face.” What is your response to this?
Phil A: Let’s Skype! But seriously, as a VA I think I am even more “available” than an in-person assistant. I have clients who contact me by Skype, by IM, by email, by telephone, by Facebook, and even by text message. We live in the future, and the lines of communication are always open here. I have clients that I’ve never met in person who can read me like a book, and vice versa.
3. Tracy Q: What is your WHY? Tell us your reason for becoming a Virtual Assistant.
Phil A: I was looking for a way to work from home while caring for my dad, who had Alzheimer’s disease. I partnered with a photographer who needed some help staying on top of her social media outlets. Before I knew it, I was also doing all sorts of other work for her, and my career as a VA was born.
I love working as a VA because I can truthfully say that my job is new every single day. I spent last week organizing an air conditioner repair for a spa owner in Portland, implementing some new software on another client’s website and building a kick-ass blog for another. This morning, I was compiling a list of legislative and media contacts for a non-profit, editing and scheduling a series of marketing emails, pitching radio spots for a stand-up comedian, and building a resume for a professional halfway across the country. I have no idea what I’ll be doing tomorrow, but I’m excited to find out.
4. Tracy Q: How does hiring you benefit a business owner? (Of course, I know the answer!)
Phil A: If you hire me, you’ll have more time. A VA can take those tasks that are taking up your time and weighing down your mind, and handle them in an efficient manner.
With a VA you can focus on what you love about your business. When most entrepreneurs start their business, they have a passion to share their service or product with the world. But that passion often fades as the daily realities of running a business creep in. With some assistance, you have the freedom to share that passion again.
5. Tracy Q: Common objection: “I don’t have the money to pay someone to do things I can do myself.” Your response?
Phil A: How much is your time worth to you? Hiring a VA frees you to dedicate your time to the tasks that bring in your income. Free up your schedule. Leave your desk. Sell your services. Make some money, instead of trying to arrange for a furnace repair, or processing affiliate payouts.
I do the same thing in my own life. With a new baby on the way, we wanted to thoroughly clean our house. I work from home, so I could have dedicated a day to cleaning, but it was worth it to me to pay a cleaning service to come into my house and clean quickly and efficiently so that I could dedicate my time to doing what I do best. I paid them much less than the time I would have lost had I spent the day cleaning.
Phil created my website, AlaskaTracy.com and continues to do so much to help my business survive and grow. I feel blessed to have found him. He can be found on Facebook at Let Phil Do It, and www.letphildoit.com.
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