What Is A Virtual Assistant? (And 3 Signs You Might Need One)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ask pretty much anyone on the street whether or not they feel like they have enough time in the day, and I guarantee you that a large majority of them will say "no".
We are busy people doing lots of busy things: we work, we tend to our family relationships, we cultivate friendships, we care for our home. In addition to that, many of us are pursuing dreams that are separate from our current careers.

But doing all of those things in a day while also actively taking care of your health (like getting enough sleep) is nearly impossible. So, when you inevitably have to choose which tasks get done and which one's don't, it's often our dreams and passions that get put on the back-burner.

And that's where a virtual assistant is helpful!

What is a Virtual Assistant?

A virtual assistant (VA) is someone you hire to do any online tasks that are important, but are distracting you from your main goals. This can be anything from checking your emails, answering them, and cleaning out your inbox, all the way to editing your new Ebook about why Poodles are the Bomb-Diggity. 🐩 
VA's can be hired to schedule out all your social media posts, or can be hired to manage specific accounts (i.e. a Pinterest VA, a Facebook VA). VA's can be hired to work every day, once a week- really whatever is most helpful to the client.
A virtual assistant's job is to make your life easier so that your dreams can become reality.

But how do you know if you REALLY need a VA? Should you really spend your money on one? Keep reading for 3 signs you might need a VA.

Your dreams are achievable, but you may need some extra help to get there. A virtual assistant may be just what you need! Find out what a Virtual Assistant is and how they might be able to help you by reading the full article!

Your Social Media Pages Are Always Empty

If your Facebook page never has anything new being posted, if you go days on end without tweeting, or you always forget to pin anything strategically on Pinterest, your social media accounts are sure to suffer. If this is you, you are missing out on a lot of potential growth, and a lot of potential clients. People aren't going to stick around if there are metaphorical crickets chirping on your social pages.
A VA can be a huge asset in this area because you can hire them to manage and/or schedule out those accounts for you- giving you the ability to grow more quickly without you having to find more hours in your day. 
Hiring someone for 2-3 hours a week can be a very affordable, smart, and beneficial option.

If Your Ebook Has Been Sitting Around Unedited

If you've been wanting to publish a book, ebook, or another written product but it has been sitting around needing to be edited for a while, hiring a VA for a one-time project might be a good idea for you.
They can edit it in an agreed-upon amount of time, you get to move forward with your goals for you book/product, and you'll probably save money by hiring a VA rather than trying to find a seasoned editor. Look for people who have degrees in English, Literature, or Writing and I feel confident you will be happy with the results.

If You Frequently Find Yourself Thinking "I Need Help"

If you have big dreams and goals that you keep avoiding because you feel far too overwhelmed to accomplish them by yourself, a VA can help.
Whether you want someone by your side full-time, part-time, or just a few times per month, if it helps you get started on your dreams, it's going to be worth it.
Have them handle your social media, your graphics, email management or marketing, editing product descriptions, typing up your monthly newsletter- whatever! Let them help you so you can find the courage to pursue what matters most to you!

Hiring a VA might be just what you need to help your blog or business get to the next level. If you've found yourself falling into the descriptions above, it may be time for you to consider it. And if that's the case, I'd love to come along side of you as your virtual assistant. I offer competitive, affordable rates, and I take pride in doing a good job and truly helping my clients succeed. To learn more, take a look at my rates and my expertise or email me with any questions you have at thepeculiartreasureblog@gmail.com.

A Virtual Assistant may be exactly what you need to take your blog or business to the next level! Find out what a Virtual Assistant is and how they might be able to help you by reading the full article!


  1. I can't wait until I'm at the point where I can hire a virtual assistant (you know I'm looking at you!) It'd seriously be SUCH a great help to me. I've got to bring in some more money first, but having a VA would free me up to focus more on content creation!

  2. Okay, so how can I BE a virtual assistant? I feel like I would rock at that!

  3. This is awesome! I hope to get to a point where I can afford and need a VA. It would definitely make some things easier!

  4. lol the ebook as been sitting in my head- forget uneditted! haha but seriously, these are great! I would add that if you feel like you dont have time for a personal life!

  5. I've thought about hiring one a million times! I haven't quite reached that point yet but it's always on the back of my mind. I know it would be a huge help.

  6. Great information, I do find that the social media side of blogging takes up a huge part of my time, time that I would rather be writing.

  7. Virtual assistants can help in so many ways! It's definitely a much needed profession in today's world.

  8. I've toyed with the idea for awhile because I'm just so busy. The funny thing is I like doing a lot of these tasks, but I do get overwhelmed. Maybe this would help. I'm going to seriously think about this more.

  9. Thank you for this post! I've often wondered when I'd need one. Your rates seem very reasonable, I will keep you in mind when I get to that point.

  10. Having a VA is so helpful! I wouldn't get as much done without my VA.

  11. Kristin, These are all great valid points! Thanks for the share!

  12. I loved hiring my VA. she ROCKS. and makes my life so much easier!!

  13. I have toyed with the idea of a VA for a while. I am so bad about relinquishing control!

  14. Such a great post! I do some VA work and it's actually a lot of fun!!

  15. I would love to get to a point where I can hire a VA! They do such great things and can really help to improve your business :)

    Kristen | www.sophisticatedgal.com