Can't Afford A Virtual Assistant? Try These Strategies

If a VA is too pricey, here are a few lower-cost options to consider:

  • Use other business services. While these businesses charge more than you would pay an employee, using services for tasks like marketing or web development can still save you money since you pay only for the service you need when you need it.
  • Try barter or exchange services. Bartering is the cashless exchange of services in which you offer your services in return for someone else's. This is a great way to keep costs down or get assistance you couldn't otherwise afford. Consider joining a barter club that will link you with other service people who want to barter. Barter clubs keep a credit balance for you so when you provide a service to one member, you get credit to receive services from any other member. There is usually a startup fee involved. Find these clubs through search engines.

The IRS considers any business service you get through bartering to be income, but the business services you provide through bartering are deductible as business expenses. So keep records of your exchanges and claim values that represent actual market rates. More at http://www.entrepreneur.com/humanresources/hiring/article70586.html


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