" DO NOT WAIT; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along "
- George Herbert
Virtual assistants online
Every entrepreneur, plunging into a working routine, at least once envied Miranda Priestley from "The Devil Wears Prada" because of her assistant Andrea. She could grab an unpublished paper from the author, and book a ticket in bad weather, and deliver the documents, and even walk the dog.
This seems to be something fantastic, but if you properly assess the value, functionality and requirements for a personal assistant, you can find a person, who not only knows how to make coffee, but who can become a valuable asset to your business.
Today we will talk about personal assistants: why they are needed, what functions can be delegated to them and how to select the right person.
TimeSaver regularly works with a wide range of companies - and we noticed a common mistake with most of them. Asking the business owner: "What should the assistant do?", We often hear a list of secretarial functions: "tea / coffee / print / mail handling". If your assistant does just that, then you don't have an assistant.
Why do we always misunderstand the term "assistant"
A good personal assistant is an indispensable person who performs a wide range of functions, from secretary to deputy head, trustee, and sometimes even the second person in the company. The right assistant will help you to manage your business more efficiently and effectively.
This is a person who will take part of the functions of the entrepreneur - and will free up his time for strategic tasks for the future. Any entrepreneur needs an assistant. The ideal option is to hire an assistant at the start-up stage.
Virtual assistants are economically viable
On average, the salary of an assistant in the USA or Europe varies between 1200 to 1600$ per week. It is quite expensive for a start-up, right? In TimeSaver, the hour of work costs from 5$ only.
So, let's calculate the cost of one of Your working hours. To do this, divide the total amount of money you earned in the previous month by 160. 160 is the number of working hours per month in a company with an 8-hour working day.
We are sure, that your working hour is much more valuable than 5$. Just calculate how much money you lose, completing the tasks you could easily delegate to your assistant.
Even more interesting statistics: from 20% to 50% of the time the owner spends every day on tasks that are not in fact his responsibility (checking the quality of performance, negotiating with contractors, hiring freelancers, handling CRM and etc). With no doubt, every entrepreneur is familiar with the situation when it is a tough challenge to be sure that someone will do your routine well, however, having a great virtual assistant solves this issue right away.
Finally, just count. Provided that an entrepreneur performs the unnecessary functions of 50% of the working time (4 out of 8 hours), he loses real money, just because the hour of his work costs much more than hiring a virtual assistant. The amount of loss per month is just insane.
Every hour of time you spend on non-core tasks is the hour of time you steal from your business.
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