Graphic design is super important for any business.
High quality graphics can take a business from zero to hero.
That's why business owners around the world are utilising the skills of virtual graphic design assistants.
And the results are incredible!
Trust me - I've seen them.
When finding the best quotes for our clients, I spent over 21.5 hours researching virtual graphic design assistants.
And I learned that they can make a huge difference to a business!
In fact, 83% of our business-owning clients have found that since hiring a virtual graphic design assistant they've experienced a boost in both sales and website traffic.
Do you want to see those kinds of results?
Of course you do!
And you can achieve them from as little as ||$||11.25||$|| an hour.
To help you on your way, I've put together this handy guide so that you can learn all you need to know about outsourcing your graphic design tasks to a VA.
So, hopefully you'll get to start with your amazing new virtual graphic design assistant as soon as possible!
You may be wondering
What even is a virtual graphic design assistant?
It's a question so many people had at first (including me!)
Don't worry, I'm here to explain everything.
A virtual assistant is someone that carries out all the tasks of a personal assistant remotely. Answering calls, making arrangements, bookkeeping They do it all!
A virtual graphic design assistant is essentially a virtual assistant that specialises in graphic design.
So, if you're looking for a new logo, or a bunch of cool retweetable infographics, they're for you.
As they work remotely and only the hours you choose, graphic design VAs offer amazing flexibility.
They are also usually highly experienced, and often hold graphic design qualifications.
This means you are pretty much guaranteed to receive quality work.
What more could you want?
There are so many tasks you can outsource that I don't even know where to begin!
But to get you started, here are the top ten tasks to outsource:
1. Logo Design
Having a great, eye-catching logo is hugely important for any business.
Have you ever been interested in a business, seen their logo, and immediately dismissed them?
I know I've been guilty of that!
The logo is like the face of your business, so a poorly made logo can seriously affect your success.
A graphic design assistant can be a huge help in creating a stand-out logo or tweaking an existing one so it can be the best it possibly can be.
And when you have your shiny new logo, you'll definitely see the effect on your business!
This was actually the first thing my client - the owner of a vegan food truck - mentioned when they first emailed me.
They were clearly in a blind panic, and knew their attempt at a logo (using Microsoft Paint) was, uhh
Their creativity was kitchen-based only.
So, when I found them a VA, experience with catering businesses logos was key.
2. Business Cards
I know what you're thinking:
Business cards? What year is it - 2002?!
But having a business card is still important, and can be really beneficial in expanding your business.
Business cards are still common at networking events and are great to give out to clients and customers.
A sleek, professional card will leave people with a good impression of
Which is why it is such a great task to outsource to your graphic design VA!
Everyone loves an infographic!
They're fun, informative and get the message across quickly.
And they are a great way of engaging with your audience or clientbase.
I see infographics everywhere online - Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr...
They are so easy to share on social media and can spread super fast - great for getting your business out there.
Your VA can help you create infographics that are both eye-catching and educational.
It's no wonder that my maths tutor client put this at the top of their must-have' list.
They knew that there were thousands of high schoolers struggling with algebra who could do with her help
But how will they know if my business even exists?
With some social media magic, Karen.
I did some searching, and landed on Lucy - a social media and graphic design pro.
And Karen's profit increase of 37% within 2 months should put the proof in the pudding.
4. Photo Editing
If you regularly need images for your online content, you'll know how annoying it can be to edit photos.
(I certainly do!)
All the hours I've wasted wrestling with Photoshop when I could have been using that time perfecting my articles
But a graphic design assistant can do this for you!
They can make sure that all your images are perfect, allowing you to enhance all your online content.
Which makes your business more engaging to consumers - great!
5. Campaign Posters
A campaign is only as good as it looks.
It doesn't matter if your ideas are fantastic, if your images and graphics are poor you won't get the results you deserve.
A medium-sized fashion business that I found quotes for needed a virtual graphic design assistant to help them with a promotional campaign for their new line of clothes.
Hiring a VA to take care of their graphic design not only saved them time - it helped to ensure their campaign was a huge success!
Which is exactly what you want, right?
6. Website Graphics
There is nothing more disappointing than finding a business you're interested in only to discover that their website is poorly designed and outdated.
Having a bad website is one of the quickest ways to put off potential customers.
You want to gain business, not lose it!
A virtual graphic design assistant can work with you to create the website of your dreams.
And you'll see the difference it makes immediately!
When her VA rocked up - well, virtually, that is - she noticed that it wasn't just her social media that needed work. It was her entire website, too!
Lucky for Karen, Lucy had experience in that, too.
She just added her services to the bill, and got to work.
7. Social Media
Having a big social media presence is incredibly important for any business.
This is the main way you will connect with your audience, and helps to encourage repeat business.
That's why it's crucial your social media game is strong.
Your graphic design VA can be hugely beneficial in this area!
They can help you create interesting and attention-grabbing images and graphics to post on all your socials.
So, you don't have to worry about it!
8. Flyers and Brochures
These are super useful marketing tools that can be used to get your business's point across.
They can be digital or print - or both!
Your virtual graphic design assistant can create flyers and brochures that are both nice to look at and informative.
9. Book Covers and E-Books
Maybe your business has become so successful that you want to share your knowledge and experience with others in a book.
If that's the case - congratulations!
Making sure your book cover is eye-catching and visually appealing is super important and can make all the difference when it comes to your book's selling power.
(Yes, people do judge books by their cover!)
A graphic design VA can ensure that all-important cover is brilliantly designed, and can even help you create the perfect layout for your e-book.
Even last week I got an email from an accounting firm looking to get growing on the web.
They'd heard about these new fangled e-books, but had no clue how to
Well, they had no idea where to start!
Enter Tony - a graphic designer with a love for literature.
(Even if it's a book about property accounting for those that are new to being a landlord.)
Couple of pics here and there
Ooh, and just a dash of Photoshop
Your book will be flying off the shelves!
(Well, the online ones anyway.)
10. Branded Merchandise
Thinking of creating cool t-shirts or stationary to promote your brand?
Merchandise is a fantastic way of connecting with clients and customers while boosting your company's image at the same time.
Your virtual graphic design assistant can help you create designs that are perfect for your business.
One of our clients - a PR agency - decided to produce branded caps and a number of different t-shirts to promote their company.
Their graphic design VA ( who we found an amazing quote for, by the way ) helped them to create three different but cohesive designs that looked incredible on the final product.
Their clients love their merchandise!
Your virtual graphic design assistant can also help you create designs that are perfect for your business.
Business owners around the world are finding that virtual graphic design assistants are a huge asset to their company.
The benefits are almost unbelievable!
But how exactly can they make a difference?
Well, let me tell you
I mean, this is pretty obvious!
Hiring a dedicated graphic design VA will improve every visible aspect of your business.
From your website to your weekly newsletter emails - they'll get it all looking the best it possibly can.
And you'll soon find that that amazing graphic design equates to amazing business growth!
Did you know that a virtual graphic design assistant can help increase your company's productivity levels by over 56%?
Now you do!
In fact, that's exactly what they did for my vegan food truck client.
They were struggling to cater to their customers, and keep up with the latest online trends like infographics.
(Vegans LOVE knowing exactly where their food comes from.)
It was taking time out of their day!
But when you have a graphic design VA to take all the graphic and image related tasks off your hands, you will be able to focus all your energy on the more pressing jobs.
So, not only do you get amazing graphics, you get higher quality work in all other areas too!
Virtual graphic design assistants are amazingly cost-effective.
You only have to pay your VA for the hours that you need.
Meaning that if you only need them to complete six hours worth of work a week, that's all you have to pay for.
You don't have to pay for sick days or vacation, either.
This can help you save huge amounts in costs - and who doesn't love to save money?!
Your virtual graphic design assistant will work remotely and according to your schedule.
Therefore, it is up to you to decide how many hours they will work and when.
Mornings? Evenings? Weekends?
It's up to you!
You also have the option of hiring a graphic design VA from anywhere in the world.
And due to time differences, you could have them complete their tasks when you are out of the office!
That would make your life a whole lot easier!
It's always important to be prepared.
So, before you dive head first into hiring your fabulous new virtual graphic design assistant, here's a few questions to think about to make sure you're 100% ready
1. What is My Budget?
Probably the biggest question! It's so important to know how much you want and are able to spend on hiring a virtual graphic design assistant. There is a huge range when it comes to virtual assistant pricing. I've seen graphic design VAs charge ||$||5||$|| per hour and I've seen them charge ||$||70||$|| per hour. That's a big difference! So rest assured that whatever your budget, you'll definitely find the perfect virtual graphic design assistant for you.
This is the first thing I ask all my clients.
Once we've discussed their budget - and I've sussed out who emailed the wrong QuoteGrab author
(I'm the virtual assistant expert; I know zilch about VoIP!)
I can then consider what they could outsource and how to align their new VA to their business.
Read More: Virtual Assistant Quotes - Ultimate Resource
2. Do I Need a Single VA or a Team?
Most virtual assistants operate independently, but some agencies offer the option of a VA team. This consists of a number of virtual assistants working to complete different tasks. A client of ours decided that a team of virtual graphic design assistants was necessary for a huge international promotional campaign they were launching. Having multiple VAs allowed them to assign lots of different tasks, such as poster design and photo editing, and have them completed quickly and to a high standard. Their campaign was a huge success! If you have a big project or are a large company, a team of virtual assistants might be the way to go. If you're a small company, a single graphic design VA should be perfect. But, at the end of the day, it's all up to you!
3. Do I Need a General VA or Just a Graphic Design Assistant?
There are plenty of virtual assistants that focus solely on graphic design. But the majority of virtual assistants are general assistants that offer graphic design services as well. And let me tell you - they are lifesavers. A general virtual assistant does all the work a personal assistant does remotely. Inbox management, bookkeeping, calendar planning And so much more! Specialised graphic design VAs definitely have their benefits too, though, They are much more likely to have graphic design qualifications and more experience, meaning they could offer higher quality work and are able to complete more complex tasks. Definitely something you should consider!
Now that you know you definitely want a virtual graphic design assistant, it's time to start looking.
And I know that can be overwhelming!
Let me help you out a bit..
I've found 5 of the best graphic design VA service providers so you don't have to!
I've even put the information in a handy table for you:
|VA Agency||Tasks You Can Outsource||Pricing|
3D graphic creation
Logo creation and amendment
Graphic design VA pricing starts at ||$||9||$|| per hour.
Virtual Assistant Talent
Social media content creation
Advertising and marketing design
Pricing starts at ||$||112||$|| for 10 hours per week.
Starting at ||$||660||$|| for 20 hours per month
Logo and banner designs
Flyer and brochure design
Pricing begins at ||$||320||$|| per month for 2 hours per day.
Video and image editing
Book covers and ebook designs
Social media post creation
Prices start from ||$||7||$|| per hour.
It's okay if you still have questions!
I had so many when I first started out.
I'll do my best to answer some of the biggest questions you may have
How long should I hire a virtual graphic design assistant for?
This is entirely up to you and your needs!
The amazing thing about virtual graphic design assistants is that they are so flexible.
You only need to hire them for as many hours as you need from them.
So whether you need a VA for a complex long-term project or a one off task - it's all possible!
How do I decide what tasks to outsource and how often?
I always recommend making a list (I love lists.)
Start by writing down the tasks that you will need completing regularly.
These are usually tasks such as social media posts, photo editing and newsletter design.
Then, think of tasks you'll need completed only once or less frequently.
These could be logo designs or campaign poster creation.
Creating a list of tasks allows you to communicate easily with your VA and results in smooth day-to-day operation!
Is it better to hire a local graphic design VA or an international one?
They both have their benefits, so it all depends on what is best for you and your business!
Here's another handy table so you can see the comparisons and make a decision:
|Local VA||International VA|
Often more expensive to hire.
Can be much cheaper than local virtual assistants.
More likely to be fluent in English which makes communication easier.
May not be fluent in English so you may have communication issues
Minimal or no time difference allows quick response and easy completion of urgent, unexpected tasks.
Could have a big time difference, but this can be an advantage as they could complete tasks when you are not at work.
Likely to be better versed with local business practices and laws.
May not have any understanding of how businesses operate locally.
What if I want to stop using VA services?
Stop using them.
No seriously, it's that simple!
Almost all graphic design VAs offer their services ad-hoc which means you can stop and start using their services as you need them.
You don't have to be tied into a contract where you are forced to pay for services you don't need.
That's a lot of information to take in!
But hopefully it's helped you understand exactly what a virtual graphic design assistant does and how much they can benefit your business.
Are you ready to take the plunge?
If you are, fill out this free form today and we'll get back to you with the best quotes so you can get started straight away!