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Now that you have found ways on how to start your Virtual Assistant business. You are armed and eager to work with your ideal clients. But you keep wondering, Are you still operating as an employee? should a virtual assistant provide a Resume? can you be a Jack/Jill of all trades? Yes, these questions might still be lurking at the back of your head or maybe the forefront! So here I will share my opinion as well as what I have since learned on my journey so we can clear up these 3 common misconceptions in the virtual assistant industry. Are you still operating as an employee? You are so excited now that you did your first consultation, but that one question came up on the call if you should ask your prospective client to take care of your taxes and insurances. No! Do not do that, because you are only being contracted to do the task or service that you are offering and being paid for. So to tell it as it is, you are a home-based, independent contractor, that normally sets your prices, your hours to complete a specific task, as well as manage your own insurance, as well as taxes. So no way are you an employee! Should a virtual assistant provide a Resume? I have seen this posted so many times on social media. I also see prospective clients posting this on social media when they are hiring a VA, that the VA who is applying for a position should also provide a resume'. Now you can imagine the confusion this will cause when this subject matter is not addressed correctly. Remember that because you are an independent contractor that the best sorts of reference that you will and should always provide are your testimonials from past clients or references. Can you be a Jack/Jill of all trades? Yes, it's always nice to try and go the extra mile to accommodate your clients when they have come to you about doing a particular task or service. But, you can very well become overwhelming to learn a new task or burn out trying to please your client when you know very well this type of task is not your cup of tea. That is why its always good to outsource or recommend your client to someone else who may be a good fit at this time. Nothing in itself is wrong with attempting to try the task, but would you rather do this when you can be very well helping a client who needs your expertise at this time? I would love to hear other misconceptions that you have experienced or heard of before. Until then, Juli.
Freelancers Union and O-Desk commissioned this study to determine how many people in the US are freelancing, the state of the field, drivers/barriers and future outlook. http://www.slideshare.net/oDesk/global-freelancer-surveyresearch-38467323
The emerging trend predicted for the coming five years is for newer, smaller businesses to continue to require talent that they don't necessarily maintain in-house. Contract employment may push the 40% mark by the end of the decade: http://mashable.com/2014/08/25/workforce-in-5-years/
Hello Fellow VA's, I have an average of 12 team members on my multi-va team. I am having trouble finding the best way to calculate and run payroll. Especially as the hourly rate is different for different clients, and some of the projects are flat rate monthly. This makes it difficult to find a program that will allow me to enter different hourly rates, etc. for an individual. To date, I have been using a project management and time tracking integrated program, and entering the information into an Excel Spreadsheet that is already set up with the calculations. This seems to be a bit more tedious, and open to the potential for more errors. I am wondering what anyone else in the same or a similar situation has found helpful for payroll. I am open to any suggestions and/or questions! Thank you!