How to Hire Help If You Are On a Budget

Hire Help on a BudgetWhen talking about outsourcing, people often comment how they could use the help and would love to hire an assistant, but they simply don’t have the budget to do so. While staying within budget is a legitimate concern, almost everyone can afford to outsource. It starts with looking at things from a new perspective.

When starting a new business, there are always expenses involved. Whether it’s purchasing a business phone line, setting up a website or replacing outdated software or equipment, these are necessary expenses to keep the business going and to help increase profits. Hiring an assistant should also be looked at as a necessary expense. Why? Because an assistant will help your business run smooth and efficient, allowing you to do what you do best.

Think of it this way… you can spend 2 hours a day answering questions from your customers or use that time to work on new marketing material, create a new product to sell, network with potential joint venture partners or whatever helps you increase profits.

If you choose option one, you spend 2 hours, sell two $25 products and earn $50.

If you go with option two, you spend 2 hours, create new marketing material while your VA answers customer questions, and with that you reach 1000 new potential customers. If even 1% of those people purchase, you’ve earned $250. A bonus to this is that you can use the marketing material repeatedly for even more sales.

If that is not convincing enough, ask yourself this – how much is one hour of my time worth? If someone wanted to pay you for your expertise, how much would you charge: $50, $100, $200? Taking that figure, can you hire an assistant for less? If so, do it! If you value your time at $100 per hour and you can hire an assistant for $30, you have instantly given yourself a $70 an hour raise. How sweet is that!

At this point, you may be thinking you cannot afford to hire an assistant for two hours a day. That’s okay! There are several ways to get assistance without breaking the bank.

Start Small

Look back at the list you created earlier (see previous post HERE if you still need to create your list). Are there small tasks that you dislike doing or that throw off your day? Maybe you need a sales report downloaded, a page added to your website, an article written or a few emails answered. These are great starter projects.

Break it Down

Break large projects into smaller ones. Just like with writing a book, create an outline of what it takes to complete the entire project. Then hire an assistant to work on one or two components at a time, as your budget allows.

Shop Around

While in many cases, the old adage “You get what you pay for” is true, it’s not always the case. There are good virtual assistants within your budget; you just have to shop around.

Offer Training

VAs are always looking to expand their knowledge and skill set. Some may consider a temporary rate reduction if you teach them how to do the work.


If you have a large list of tasks that you need help with, prioritize them and then start at the top. You might consider sharing this list with your assistant so they automatically know what to work on the next time you pay for service hours.


While not as popular as it once was, some virtual assistants may barter with you. For example, if you are a life coach, they might be willing to swap service hours for free access to your next workshop or seminar.

When working with a virtual assistant, you get to decide how much money you spend. You can start with a single project or a few hours each month and as your needs and budget grow, you can increase the hours you use.

If you’re not ready to hire assistant yet, you can save money now for when you do. Check out my Getting Started page for additional ideas.

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