I have been busy lately with client responsibilities which has prevented me from posting to my own blog. Social media is a hard thing to keep up with –Facebook, Twitter, Blog posts and keeping up with the latest trends take a lot of time.
In my spare time, I have been reading the 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss. I can’t see myself ever being able to only work 4 hours a week, but I enjoyed reading Timothy’s perspective on hiring a virtual assistant (VA) to assist in automating and outsourcing portions of your business.
VA’s from developing countries charge, on average, between $4 – $15/hr, whereas a VA in North America typically charges between $25 – $100/hr. He points out that it isn’t always best to go with the lower priced person and you should look at the “cost per completed task, not the cost per hour.”
Finding the right virtual assistant may take a bit of time. I suggest you pick one task or project that you require the most assistance with and outline, in detail, what your desired outcome is. Then send out the proposal to a few VA’s and ask for their “plan of attack.” You will then have a good handle on their strengths; including problem solving skills and ability to follow your direction.
There is no way to predict how well things will work out with your VA unless you give them a try. It may take a couple of tries to find the right virtual assistant for you, but it’ll all be worth it in the end.
Have you tried this route? If so, let me know how it went.