I’m Kirsty, a 30+ year old mum of 2 (3 if you include the husband!) from East Yorkshire with over 15 years administrative experience.
I have been working in administration since leaving school at 16. My most recent job was working for biggest public sector and government employer for over 12 years. August 2018 saw me resign from my role to concentrate on HLDNmedia.net.
Being in such an industry has meant I’ve regularly had to work to deadlines and targets. I very much have a right first time attitude and being responsible for my own time has become a natural occurrence.
In 2015 I founded my own award nominated blog at themoneysavingmum.com. In addition to her existing administration experience; blogging has given me the opportunity to also gain extensive knowledge on the designing of WordPress websites, managing blogs, SEO as well as graphic design, social media management, diary management & media pack creations. So much so I now specifically specialise in virtual blog management over at betteryourblog.co.uk
Whatever your reasons for choosing to outsource; I can help you increase your productivity, stabilise your finances, alleviate stress and give you back your time to do the things that you do best and allow your business to work smarter, not harder.
What is an virtual assistant/business support manager?
Virtual assistants provide administrative services for a range of clients on a freelance basis. Services provided by virtual assistants can include answering calls and e-mails, secretarial and administrative tasks, book keeping, payroll, diary management, transcription, filing, event and travel booking and data entry.
Some virtual assistants, like myself, provide specialist services such as website design/updating, desktop publishing, marketing and general administration duties. Virtual assistants typically work on long and short-term contracts for their clients or are contracted on an occasional basis.
Virtual assistants typically charge an hourly rate and some charge a monthly retainer. When setting their fees, virtual assistants need to take account of factors such as administrative costs and other expenses, tax, National Insurance (NI), holiday pay, and the number of days they expect to work each month because they aren’t employed by you it’s not YOUR job!
Why would I need an Virtual Assistant?
Let’s not over complicate this. Removing something from your to-do list means you’ll have more time in your day. That’s where the fun begins…
A Virtual Assistant also has the ability to work extremely flexibly. I personally do not have any set hours of work as I do have my children to work around as I’ve already mentioned but don’t let that put you off; I don’t need to physically be present and clock in and out at a certain time, I don’t need to be out of the office at 6pm because they are locking the doors; I can continue my work into the early hours of morning because I’m not confined to 4 walls or the laws of time or space…. meaning I could potentially be there for you 24/7 !
By you doing the menial yet extremely important ‘must do’ jobs that need doing, it’s restricting you from doing the things you either want to do or SHOULD be doing instead of. It’s likely this means also you won’t be earning whilst you are sorting out your graphics, replying/deleting spam emails or preparing spreadsheets right? …. source things out to you Virtual assistant so the jobs that can’t be done by anyone else i.e the money making jobs… can be done by you!
Not only will it allow you to concentrate on other parts of your business but it will also save you money by hiring on an ad hoc freelance basis. You needn’t worry about getting me a desk (I have my own!) you needn’t worry about paying any insurances for me (again I have my own!) and also why pay and contract someone for 37 hours per week when realistically theres only 20 hours worth of work? Having the flexibility to customize the amount you use an Assistant at any point ensures you are only paying for what you need.
Although I would hate to say goodbye; it’s a lot easier to ‘get rid’ of a VA too over a salaried member of staff. We will have a contract in place to protect both myself and you (you don’t want me leaving you in the lurch as much as I don’t want you to do the same with me!) but as we are freelance/self employed; you don’t have to worry about PAYE, overheads, holidays or sick pay. You’ll be charged for the time spent on the work I do for you!
We do offer ad-hoc services but if you know you are going to need me for x-amount of time; you can also save money by buying your hours in bulk. I offer a free 30 minute Virtual Assistant consultation for all new clients where we can assess your requirements and give you a very rough idea of how long things are going to take.