If you’re looking to cut back on costs, a VA may not be the first thing you think of. However, there are financial benefits to working with a VA - here we explain how you can save money by outsourcing some of your jobs.
You only pay for the hours worked
If you need help with tasks but don’t want the commitment of a permanent employee, you can work with a VA and they will only charge you for the hours they have worked. This means you can use them as much or as little as you need each month, without worrying about paying salaries during quieter times or having to pay overtime during busier periods.
One of our client’s Chris Boone said: “Ad-hoc hours work really well for me. It’s great knowing we have support when we require it but not having someone on payroll for 40 hours a week.”
You can change your hours as you need
If you prefer, you can opt for a monthly retainer in which you pay for a set amount of hours per month. This may be better if you want to know how much your outgoings will be. However, this can be reviewed and you can scale up or down depending on how much help you need.
As another one of our clients, Charlie Smith, said: “I have a set number of hours each month that fits well with my workloads and provides me with consistency. Any unused hours get carried through to the next month. I love the flexibility that The Arts VA offers.”
No employee benefits
Unlike a permanent employee, you don’t have to worry about paying out expensive benefits, like holiday and sick pay, pensions and maternity leave. You’re literally just paying for the hours your VA works.
You don’t have to pay for office equipment
This also means you have no office equipment to pay out for. All VAs have their own workspace - often from their home - where they have their own computer and office supplies. So you get the help and support of an employee, but with none of the usual overheads.
Help you manage cash flow
Making sure you have a steady flow of money coming into your business is so important but it can be time consuming sending out invoices and making sure you’re being paid. A VA can manage your invoices and chase up late payments so you have a steady cash flow coming into your business. They can also manage your expenses by adding receipts and invoices to your bookkeeping system.
A VA saves you time - and money
There’s a huge range of VAs around offering different skills and experience that can provide valuable support to your business. From managing your emails to looking after your accounts, a VA will use their knowledge to do the tasks you don’t want to or have the time to do, so you have more time to focus on more important work. They will also likely be able to do it quicker and more efficiently than if you tried to do it yourself.
One of our clients Tom O’Brien explains how having a VA helped him: “I have been able to plan and strategize much more than I would have before. I know the things I am good at - sometimes we feel we have to do everything ourselves, but if you want to grow your business, you have to get help.”
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Get in touch!
If you have any questions about how you can work with The Arts VA, you can contact Charlie here.
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