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From Fractional to Full-Time: The Flexibility of a Freelance Virtual Assistant

by | Apr 23, 2024

Hiring a new team member is often thought of as all or nothing. You either hire a full-time employee, a part-time employee, or don’t fill the role at all. However, most business owners find starting small is a better strategy that fits their budget and support needs. The beauty of a freelance virtual assistant is you can get the support you need now and grow with your needs. 

Small businesses have ever-evolving needs, and there are a lot of reasons why a business owner may want to start small. If you’re new to delegating, have a low task load, or have budget constraints, it makes sense to build on your virtual assistant support over time. 

So, what level of support is right for you? Here are the three levels of hiring support: 

  • Full-Time: You have a full-time task load of 30+ hours per week and want that constant support all day, every day.
  • Part-Time: Part-time support usually falls between 20 and 30 hours per week on a regular, ongoing basis. It’s a good middle ground when you have the foundation of delegation and want steady support.
  • Fractional: Fractional support is for those who are looking for up to 20 hours of support per week. This arrangement could be temporary or long-term; for one-off tasks or a few steady tasks to keep off your plate; or even just a temporary project. 

Many small businesses start with fractional support. It’s the easiest, most cost-effective, and most flexible way to gain extra assistance. 

Is Your Small Business Ready For a Freelance Virtual Assistant?

Growing pains often start with a constant feeling of overwhelm. If you’re regularly falling behind, can’t focus on the tasks you enjoy doing, or don’t have time to work on building your business, you might be ready for a freelance virtual assistant. Our best advice is start small. Instead of jumping into a full- or part-time employee, try fractional support. 

Once tasks start to get offloaded and there’s a rhythm of delegation, you can always upgrade. As you add time and tasks to reach a part-time status, you have the space to grow into full-time support from there. How long you might be in each stage or where you start and end up will vary, but that’s the beauty of virtual assistant support: it’s flexible and versatile, and it’s there to cater to your needs at every stage. 

Schedule a call with us today, and we’ll help you plan the right level of support for your growing business. 

VaVa Virtual Assistants - About Us - Lauren

Melanie Ammerman is a Wisconsin native (sometimes the accent comes out) but she has also lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Southern Florida before settling in Atlanta.

Melanie has a BA and MA in Clinical Psychology but really found her calling as the Co-Founder of VaVa Virtual Assistants where she loves helping businesses grow and thrive.

In her free time, she loves spending time with her dog, Kishi, and her cat, Track. You can also find her traveling and enjoying outdoor activities. Her love for her fur babies extends to her life as an animal advocate on the board for Beople’s Buddies Animal Rescue.

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