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  • Upfront, if you look at spending $15 per hour on a full time employee versus paying $35 per hour for a Virtual Assistant, you would think that it’s costing you more. But one important thing you need to consider before anything else is that you won’t be paying any benefits, overhead or taxes that can amount to another $15-20 on top of what your employee is earning per hour. This is because Assistants are hired as private contactors and not as employees of the company and therefore are not entitled to these benefits.

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  • 1. Welcome! B-a Va : 4 Week Webinar Be A Virtual Assistant B-a Va [email_address]
  • 2. Introduction Loraine
  • 3. What is a Virtual Assistant?
    • “ Virtual Assistants (VAs) are independent entrepreneurs providing professional administrative, creative, managerial, technical, business office and/or personal support services.
    • Virtual office assistants use the most advanced means of
    • communication, and the newest and
    • most efficient and time-saving
    • office products and work delivery, regardless of geographic boundaries.
    • Virtual Assistants work from their own offices,
    • on a contractual basis, and abide by an established
    • Code of Ethics requiring integrity, honesty and due diligence .”
  • 4. Why Business Owners Hire a VA
    • Focus on What You Do BEST
    • Time = $$$
    • “ My Personal Life”
    • … the rest of the taxing and time consuming tasks are left to a Virtual Assistant.
    The American Small Business Association says that the majority of business owners spend up to 40% of their day handling administrative tasks.
  • 5. Is It Worth It? The American Small Business Association says that the majority of business owners spend up to 40% of their day handling administrative tasks.
  • 6. How ‘Bout Hiring An Employee?
    • Employee
    • Office
    • Equipment
    • $15 per hour
    • Benefits, Overhead, Taxes
    • HR Issues
    • Payroll Issues and disputes
    • State and Federal Mandated Regulations
    So if a regular employee has to work for 2080 hours in a year that will total to about $ 72,800 a year. But hiring a Virtual Assistant to do the same amount of work for 4 hrs a day ( 1040 a year ) will only cost them about $ 36,400. A whopping 50% of the cost is taken out. Think of what they can do with that amount of money to expand their business .
  • 7. Freelancers vs. Virtual Assistant Offices
    • Freelancer
    • Cheaper option
    • Dedicated
    • Shorter Contracts
    • Technical Issues
    • Loyalty, Integrity and Questionable Background
    Company Managed More Expensive Not Dedicated Longer Contract Less Downtime No Need to Check Background
  • 8. How Do They Get Paid
    • PayPal
    • 3-5 business days, P300
    • Xoom
    • Bank to Bank-Same Day, P300
  • 9. How Much Are They Paid?
    • How Much Do You Want To Be Paid?
    • Per Hour?
    • Per Month?
    • Depends on the tasks
    • $35/ hour (4hrs a day)= $2800 a month
    • 80 hrs a month- 4 hrs a day = $500
    • 8hrs a day = $3200
  • 10. TASKS
    • Administrative Support
    • Inbound Customer Service & Support
    • Outbound Telemarketing
    • Online Marketing & Promotion
    • Personal Assistance
    • Don’t Sell Services You Can’t Deliver!
  • 11. Basic Administrative Tasks
  • 12. Elaborate and Time Consuming Tasks
  • 13. Must Have Skills & Competencies
    • Computer Knowledge
    • Writing and Proofreading
    • Organizational Skills
    • Communication Skills
    • Problem Solving
    • Internet Savvy
    • Excellent & Accurate Research
    Focus on What You Do BEST
  • 14. Must Have Skills & Competencies
    • Pro-Active
    • Abundance of Initiative
    • Motivated
    • Disciplined
    • Quick Thinking
    • Passion to Learn New Things
    • Reliable
    Focus on What You Do BEST
  • 15. Trust and Integrity If you don’t have it Don’t even bother starting a career as a VA!!!
  • 16. Trainings Needed
    • SEO - Inbound and Outbound Marketing
    • Using Social Networking Sites For Marketing
    • Basic Content and Article Writing
    • Basic Blogging on Several Platforms
    • Basic Web Design
    • Basic CSS and HTML trainings
  • 17. Where Do I Find Work?
    • oDesk
    • Freelancer
    • LinkedIn
    • Craigslist
    • Referrals
    Create a Powerful Resume Learn to Market your own Services Set up online profile Join Groups and Communities Avoid Bidding for a Client!
  • 18. What Do I Need To Get Started?
    • Reliable Computer
    • Headset
    • Simple and Quiet Work Station
    • Internet Connection
    • Email Account – Gmail
    • Skype with Funds or Magic Jack
    • Blog Site, Website and a Domain Name???
    • Webinar on Tools, Soon!!!
  • 19. What’s Next???
    • 2. Your Basic Tasks & Responsibilities
    • 3. Your Tools
    • 4. How To Market Your Services
    • and Find Your Own Clients