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Need some help in your craft business? Let’s talk today about virtual assistants in your craft business.
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FAQ: Virtual Assistants in Your Craft Business
What is a Virtual Assistant?
A virtual assistant is someone that you hire to help you with business tasks. They work remotely from their home and can be anywhere in the world.
Are Virtual Assistants Permanent Employees or Temporary?
The wonderful thing about virtual assistants is that you can set up different arrangements depending on your current needs. You could choose to hire a virtual assistant for a few hours a week, full time Monday through Friday, weekends only, or just to help one time at a special online event.
How Can a Virtual Assistant Help Me in My Craft Business?
Virtual assistants can post and coordinate social media efforts, edit product photos, respond to customer emails, list products for sale online, design products, answer phones, place supplier orders, organize lists of supplies, price supplies, research trends, and so much more. Basically, they can do any task that you assign that can be completed with a phone or computer.
I have a list of tasks a virtual assistant can do in your craft business.
Where Can You Find Virtual Assistants?
They are many sites online where you can connect with people looking for at home work.
As I mentioned in the last post, don’t forget to ask around in your circle of friends.
How Much Do You Pay Virtual Assistants?
Like any other job, virtual assistants should be paid based on their job duties. Most professional virtual assistants have their own rates.
What Else Do I Need to Know About Hiring a Virtual Assistant?
Virtual assistants should be treated the same way you would treat an employee. You will need to interview them and choose a good candidate. Then, your new employee will need to be trained in the tasks you would like them to complete, scheduled to work, and paid regularly.
If you hired a virtual assistant, what tasks would you have them complete in order to free up more time in your craft business? Leave a comment and let me know.
Since 2015, Christine Schinagl has been helping crafters start and run craft businesses through her blog, Cutting for Business. As a Silhouette and Cricut crafter herself, she has a unique take on what works and what doesn’t work in the craft business world. She also teaches a course on creating digital SVG designs, available at How to Design SVGs.
ANN MARIE HALL
Friday 17th of February 2017
Hi Christine, is a V.A. like hiring an in house employee, i.e. needing workers comp, etc.?
Sunday 19th of February 2017
No, you would generally set up a VA as an independent contractor and issue a 1099-MISC at the end of the year. No benefits or worker's compensation needed.