(WHAT THE HELL IS A VA?)
A VA, or virtual assistant, is a person you hire to complete a variety of tasks, but they work remotely. They can be located anywhere on the globe but can provide the same benefits a traditional employee would. But they’re not considered an employee. Instead, think of them as an asset. There’s a big difference.
There are two types of VAs.
Front-End VA (virtual assistant)
A front-end VA is somebody that uses their voice to help your business. Think phone calls, specifically cold calls, or appointment setting. Basically, if there’s talking involved, a front-end virtual assistant can handle it.
Back-End VA ( virtual assistant)
A back-end VA is somebody that uses a keyboard to help your business. They can take care of both marketing and sales, including your live chat feature on your website, marketing emails, data extraction, and text message marketing.
And because they’re professional VAs, they get everything done quickly and correctly (they’re professional because you used my filtering system – if you didn’t, I am not responsible for the mess of a human being you possibly hired).
So, which one do you need?
Both, fool. You need both. This is the only way to take your business from sloppy to stellar.
ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THIS? I CAN ANSWER MY OWN EMAILS…
Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you have to. Think of some of the biggest names in the business industry. Let’s use Bill Gates as an example. Do you think little Billy is sitting there going through his junk mail every day? Or do you think he’s tackling the big stuff, like designing new computers and being awesome? While you delete yet another junk email, Bill’s changing the world. Way to go, Bill!
There are a ton of benefits to having a VA. That’s why I’ve kept them my big secret for nearly 20 years. I wouldn’t be where I am today without virtual assistants.
When you hire an employee, you have to buy them a desk, a computer, a chair, and anything else they need to complete their tasks. There’s training involved, paid sick days, and a lot of headaches. But with a VA, they’re responsible for handling all of this and more themselves.
If you invest in a VA, you’ll see crazy returns. There’s no way I could handle 100% of my businesses on my own, all the time. I’m not Superman (pretty darn close though). But with VAs, I’m able to maximize what my business puts out there, while maximizing what I pull back into it.
Uncle Sam Doesn’t Pay a Visit
If you’re traditionally employed right now, take a look at your last paystub. Yeah, I know you see it. Those large chunks of money ripped out from your check like a toddler out of a mother’s arms. There’s a ton of crying involved and you’re left feeling like a part of you has been taken away. This is called paying taxes.
But where do you think that money comes from? Your boss still has to pay it. So as a boss yourself, you would have to put up this money for Uncle Sam to take…unless you use a VA. They’re not a traditional employee, so you’re off the hook.
Disclaimer Time!!! I’m not a CPA. I pay some guy named Larry who smells like cheese to do my taxes. In other words, I don’t give out tax information. Always check with your tax guy (I’ll give you Larry’s number if you need one) to make sure you’re doing everything by the book.