EP009: How to Leverage Virtual Assistants – with Nicole Bandes of Virtual A Team
Do you have a few tasks you’d like to delegate, but not enough to justify hiring a part-time employee? Small business owners and entrepreneurs often end up doing it all themselves—which leads to overwhelm and burnout. Luckily, there is another option: You can leverage a team of virtual assistants and give yourself time for what matters most!
Nicole Bandes is the founder and CEO of Virtual A Team, a concierge service that helps small business owners and solopreneurs manage the projects that move their businesses forward by providing the best available virtual teams. Virtual A Team’s group of 35 contractors has diverse expertise ranging from research to scheduling to web design. Nicole is also a productivity expert, and she has inspired thousands of business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals to manage their time and live a healthy, balanced life through her workshops and keynotes.
Today, Nicole explains the role of a virtual assistant and outlines the kid of work a VA can take on. She discusses the benefit of hiring a VA with a specific skill set for a one-off project or just a few hours per week. I ask Nicole about her inspiration for founding Virtual A Team, and she describes how outsourcing gives you time to do what matters most. Nicole also addresses her vetting process, offering insight on how Virtual A Team goes about replacing and training team members on a project. Listen in for Nicole’s advice around establishing a contract with your VA and learn how to decide which tasks to delegate to a virtual assistant!
The role of a virtual assistant working remotely
The kind of work a virtual assistant can take on
How VAs might assist with the RFP process
The benefit of hiring a VA with a specific expertise
Hiring a VA for a one-off project vs. a few hours/week
The Virtual A Team’s group of 35 contractors
Nicole’s inspiration for founding Virtual A Team
How outsourcing gives you time to do what matters
How Nicole goes about vetting her team of VAs
Virtual A Team’s process of replacing team members
Nicole’s advice around establishing a contract with your VA
The distinction between and employee and a contractor
How to determine which tasks could be delegated to a VA
The challenge around hiring people committed to being VAs