Virtual assistants aren’t as complex or as expensive as they may sound. In fact, you may already be using one or more through apps such as Lyft and TaskRabbit. You can also work with an assistant directly to help with specific business tasks. Here’s what you need to know.

-What’s a virtual assistant? He or she is a remote contractor who helps with an aspect of your business. A VA may help you book events, organize your work calendar or manage your email correspondence. A VA is usually hired part time and paid by the hour, though some focus on just one client full time. He or she can be in another city, state, country or continent.

-How do you know if you need one? There are two common reasons. First, your business has grown to the point where you need an extra set of hands to handle more administrative tasks. In this case, a VA may serve as a bridge until you need to hire someone permanently, though some assistants work with the same clients for years. Secondly, if you are spending too much time on basic activities and not enough time on the vision of your business. With a VA, you can off load work, so you can focus on the big picture of your business.

-How much does a Virtual Assistant cost? Expect to pay $15 to $20 an hour for this service.

-How do you find one? Popular companies like Zirtual and Upwork are great places to find VA’s.

-How do you find the right one for your business? It depends on a few factors. Consider the length of work you need and think about the amount of communication you need. You may prefer someone in the same time zone.

-Lastly, know your budget before you start looking. Virtual Assistants pricing is reasonable, but it can add up quickly, especially if you don’t have a plan. But if used strategically, a VA is well worth the expense!

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