If you’ve been reading any of the posts in “Virtually This and That!” during the past few days, you’ll know that the last two articles have been about the Virtual Assistance Industry. One of the articles is written from a Virtual Assistant’s perspective (mine) and the other from the prospective client’s perspective (Kerri Salls). By now you should have a pretty good idea about what a Virtual Assistant is, what they do, and how to choose one.
Now it’s time to ask the million-dollar question . . . Do you need a VA?
Let’s find out . . .
Take out a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle, making two columns. At the top of one column, write “Billable,” and at the top of the other column write “Non-Billable.” Pretty easy so far, don’t you agree? Now, in the first column under “Billable,” I want you to write down all of the tasks you do in the course of a day that are billable, revenue generating tasks that work toward increasing your bottom line. In the second column, under non-billable, write down all of the tasks you do in the course of the day that do not contribute or add to your bottom line.
Your Billable column will probably look something like this:
- Meet with clients
- Meet with prospective clients
- Close deals
- Put together proposals
- Write copy for newsletter
- Develop and present teleclasses
- Attend speaking engagements
And your non-billable column will look more like this next one:
- Schedule appointments
- Send out literature and marketing material
- Package and send final documents
- Type proposals, correspondence, etc.
- Publish and distribute newsletter
- List teleclasses on the Internet
- Book flights, hotels, etc.
- Proofread documents
- Develop and maintain database
- Reserve and rent bridge lines
- Telephone and email follow-up
- Invoice clients
- Pay bills
- Proofread proposals
If your columns are anything like the above examples, and have more items on the non-billable side than on the billable side, then chances are YOU NEED A VA!
Well guess what, you’re in luck!!!! I just happen to have two retainer slots open for 10 hours per month . . . that’s just 2½ hours per week. What impact would an additional 2½ billable hours per week have on your bottom line? If your billing rate is $60 an hour, that’s $150.00 a week or $600.00 a month in additional revenue that you could be bringing in just by delegating a few tasks.
If you want to stop wasting valuable time, generate more revenue, and have time to get back to doing what you do best – those things that made you want to start your own business in the first place, then send me an email and we’ll schedule an interview to see if we’re a match.
Why wait? It won’t cost you a cent to find out if partnering with Fastype is the answer to your administrative support needs; but it could be costing you time and money if you don’t.
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