The Rise In Popularity of Virtual Assistants


Virtual Assistants (“VAs”)  is a rapidly growing business with roughly equal proportion of VAs doing it part time (to supplement an income) and full time. The majority of Virtual Assistants are experienced in working as office assistants and claim to have their first client within one month of setting up.

But how effective are VAs? And how much can they really improve your efficiency? Like with any business practice, there are pros and cons. So, are VAs worth it?

VAs reduce your employment costs! VAs are independent contractors which means you don’t need to think about taxes, holiday pay, sick days, worker’s compensation or employee benefits such as healthcare.

VAs work around your schedule to provide you a service whenever and wherever you need it. Think of them as your ‘on-call’ go to person. No need to hire a part time employee and hope you have enough work to keep them busy for the hours they work. With a VA you only pay for time spent and work can be done outside normal business hours.

VAs take on those every day essential tasks you don’t have time for because you’re too busy growing your own business.

There’s no need for an actual office as a VA is set up to work from home.

There are no agency fees as there are with temporary employees.

You won’t pay any overtime and yet you’ll still keep your projects on schedule.

A VA may have skills that you don’t have and don’t desperately need, and don’t have time to learn.

A VA cares about their business, it’s their livelihood, they want you to call and they want you to tell others about their services. This translates to a superior service.

There are, however, some important steps to look out for when it comes to hiring a Virtual Assistant.


It’s important to determine how long the VA has been doing this type of work. While it’s helpful to know how long they’ve been a VA or an administrative assistant, it’s more important to learn what experience they have in doing the tasks that you want them to do. They may have done them for a previous employer for many years. There’s always a bit of a learning curve as a VA learns your particular business, but you shouldn’t be paying for them to learn new skills unless they’re unique to you and your business.

Ask complicated questions, directly and in writing

It is really important to note that you must ask complicated questions with complicated verbiage, not because you want to flex your incredible vocabulary, but because you need to understand how good your potential Virtual Assistant’s understanding of English is. Clearly this is only an issue if you’re looking to contract someone that doesn’t speak English as a first language.
Once you’ve had an initial consultation and are looking to move forward, email the VA 5 or more questions on the tasks that you wish them to carry out on a regular basis and see how they respond. It’s important because they may not know the answers or understand the question, but more importantly is how they write, is it proficiently in English.

Give up control faster than you think

There is a lot to be said for sitting in an office with someone all day, and when it comes to building a relationship and trust, with a VA, you aren’t going to have such a luxury. The result of the distance and lack of direct relationship is that you’re going to be a lot more controlling when it comes to handing over both important and seemingly unimportant tasks to your Virtual Assistant.

This makes a lot of sense at first, but once you’ve been working together for a month or so and everything seems to be working well, you must continue to delegate tasks, allowing you to spend your valuable time on more important growth functions. Be sure that you’ve put in proper oversight, as you would with any business relationship, but you’ll likely be amazed at how capable your VA is at executing with just a few minutes of instruction.


Ask for references, a good VA should be able to give you a list of people whom you can contact to advise you about working with them?


Finding the right Virtual Assistant for yourself is important, take your time and give it the attention it deserves. Whether you choose to hire one Virtual Assistant to do all your tasks, or many Virtual Assistants with key skill sets, make sure you get it in writing: how much you’ll pay, how many hours a week or month the Virtual Assistant will work, how often you’ll be invoiced, get an agreement in place and if required ask them to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Then start handing over those tasks!

Similar Articles

5 Tips for Success for Women Entrepreneurs

While women’s role in business has been steadily increasing, women are still underrepresented in entrepreneurship. One of the most daunting choices for a woman is the decision to start a business, but taking the plunge can result in great rewards

Virtual assistants

Entrepreneurs have a strict working schedule, which makes it very difficult for them to give equal time to all functions of their startups. The success of their business depends on prioritizing essential tasks and delegating secondary ones to remote workers present in less developed countries.

How to Make the Supply Chain of Your Start-Up More Efficient?

Every year, a large number of entrepreneurs enter the industry to become a successful entrepreneur. However, the reality is a bit harsh because of the tough competition in the market and the majority of the start-up fails during their early years of business

How Sales Force Automation in Easy To Use CRM Separates Amateurs from the Pros

When we think about activities that are most essential to make a sale, we probably think about required actions that need human-touch of the sales reps, such as listening to the prospective customer’s needs, developing a solution for their pain points and more

3 Qualities to Learn from Successful Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs often share a wealth of qualities, but what are the most important for really becoming a success? We’ve rounded up some of the most prominent qualities we found in some of the world’s most well-known and commercially successful entrepreneurs.


Planning to be an Entrepreneur? Essential Tips to Start a Small Business

Starting up your own business and becoming an entrepreneur can be really exciting but you need to plan everything step by step. The success of a new business depends on the fact that have you planned ahead of things that need to be done?

Factory Fencing

Fencing is important not only for the aesthetic purpose but also for enhancing security. You can easily spot fencing in the factor areas. These are called as factory fencing which not only helps in laying boundaries but also for demarcating danger areas.  There are many alternatives available in terms of fencing for different purposes.

business curve

With graduate-entry level positions becoming increasingly competitive, more graduates than ever are considering setting up a business of their own and going down the self-employed route. But how do you get started? How do you source funding and mentorship? Here we will look at how graduates can turn their great ideas and skills into a fully-fledged profitable business.


An event that is successful requires a lot of planning and brilliant execution. Perhaps, you are organizing an event to position your business brand in the minds of most people who will attend the party. It has to be vibrant and leave a lasting impression with every member present.