In fact, if you work with me you will not only get back your own time, with the cost of my time completely covered… but you should also make some additional money.
If that sounds implausible, keep reading and I will explain! And I can guarantee your response will either be, ‘Yes I knew that, but thanks for the reminder’ or, ‘Oh. That makes total sense!’ followed by, ‘Actually, that’s really obvious.’
It’s a bit like in research, when you see the Insight you’ve been working so hard for.
You’ve done the ethnography, the groups, the depths, the co-creation sessions, the analysis sessions, the debrief, the follow-up insight generation sessions – and wherever in the process it arises, you’ve reached the holy grail of Insight.
In my own experience back in my Clientside researcher days (3+ years ago), this process has always followed the same pattern. The ‘Aha’ moment, closely followed by, ‘Well, yeah… of course. THAT was hiding in plain sight.’ It’s not obvious until you see it, and then it’s so obvious that you see it everywhere!
So, if you don’t already use a Virtual Assistant and you’d like to, but the cost gets in the way… let me take you very quickly on that journey from, ‘Aha’ to, ‘Well, of course!’
If you can generate a bit more work than you’re able to handle on your own, and if you cost out the jobs based on your own internal hourly rate (which is more than mine at £30 / hour) …
Then you can hire me to pick up elements of the job, and not only will I effectively pay for myself – but you can pocket the difference.
That’s it. Or, you can make your quotes that bit more competitive and still make the same margin, and hopefully land more work (which I can help you with. It’s a virtuous cycle!)
Of course, there are other benefits too. You get to keep your head in the high-value stuff. Pitching and proposal-writing, analysis, presentation-writing. Thinking.
And it’s usually these benefits I focus on in my messaging, because they’re far bigger than the cost savings (honestly, I only brought the cost savings up to get your attention!)
The much bigger point is this.
If doing the deep work feels hard when you’re also spinning the plates of project management, and if that makes you feel fragmented and unfocussed, or just exhausted… a Virtual Assistant or Project Manager could be a game-changer for you.
I’m a research-specialist VA and Project Manager. I’ve also worked in research for years, I speak your language, and I know how to make your life so much easier!