Hire a Virtual Assistant

11/25/2016 10:34 am ET Updated Nov 26, 2017

Could you work with someone you never met? Many entrepreneurs now do - they're called virtual assistants. Business owners don't always have the time to do "busy" work and need help. That's where a virtual assistant comes in - someone who can fill in the gap, freeing you up to do what you do best - run your business. As a business owner, a virtual assistant could help you in many areas, such as setting up appointments, accounting, data entry and management, sending out email blasts/newsletters, travel arrangements, sales leads, web designs and social media.

Many small business owners area so busy working "in" their business that they don't have time to work "on" their business. That's where a virtual assistant can be of help - all those daily to do's. Entrepreneurs often don't have the space or financial means to hire a full or part time assistant, so a virtual assistant is perfect - it can save on the costs associated with rent, equipment, overhead and insurance costs of hiring a full time employee.

For example a real estate professional might use a virtual assistant to help with filling out client paperwork, set appointments and coordinate with the closing company.

As a Virtual Assistant, there are many benefits for you, too. You are your own boss; you can work from home and name your hours. Virtual Assistants expect to earn $35 to $75 an hour.