links, SEO etc and post in your social media – it might take you 2-3+ hours a week, which equates to $840 a month ($70x3hours x 4 weeks).
The devil is in the detail, and the planning.
5 Tips for Outsourcing on a Tight Budget
#1 [Before you even start outsourcing] Identify what tasks a VA could do that will benefit you and your business the most.
When you’re on a tight budget, you need to be really smart about where your money goes. Think beyond the usual social media posting support and see if there are revenue generating tasks that the VA could help you with.
Some examples could be: during a launch, editing videos for your new program, setting up your sales funnel once you’ve written the copy and mapped out the content.
#2 Buy a bank of hours that has a longer expiry date.
Some VA’s have banks of hours that can be used over 3-6 months, and you can have a cheaper rate per hour if you purchase a bigger amount.
I’ve used this strategy, and had a cheaper deal for purchasing 10 hours.
I love the feeling of knowing that I have time up my sleeve, and can plan work to handover!
#3 Think in terms of projects or one off support, instead of having the pressure of a monthly commitment.
I’ve also used this strategy – and for more basic VA work, this is great. Just a few hours here and there as a one off job, to help me get it over the line quickly when I just don’t have the time can be really beneficial – for your energy, and your business!
#4 If you need monthly support – start small.
There’s no rule that says you have to have a certain number of hours a month, so start with 1-2 hours regularly.
You will need to be super-organised and plan ahead so that your VA has exactly what they need to use these hours effectively and efficiently – but even a little but can make a huge difference.
#5 This tip comes from my friend Anne Clark from First Step Virtual Assistant.
Anne suggests thinking about the bigger picture if you’re on a tight budget.
If you have regular tasks, such as blog writing, then you can get a quote from a VA for how long that would take, and the rate.
If you need to blog monthly for a year, you can negotiate a lower rate for providing that service over the year.
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