There is never enough time in a day, and you are sick of swimming in jobs pulling you away from what you actually want to be working on. You know exactly what needs to be done, but you cannot determine how to make it happen. What type of contractor should you bring on to tackle the mountain of work in front of you? Will the project manager be the right match or is a virtual assistant a better option? Project manager vs. virtual assistant: what is the difference? The primary difference between a virtual assistant and a project manager has to do with who dictates what and for how long. A project manager is brought on to, no real surprise, manage a project. Meaning that they work closely with you to develop a project schedule, deliverables and to-do list. Which, so you know, means they’ll be giving you assignments as well. Will it be wiser to hire a virtual assistant to help with those painful repetitive tasks, things such as social network posts, e-mail management, schedule management and web matters? How big is the project? Would the project interfere with the day-to-day running of your business?

In a nutshell:

A virtual assistant is just that, an assistant. Someone you bring on board to assist you with specific tasks, that you delegate, and you work with them through a platform of your choosing. You decide what they work on and when it needs to be completed by.

A virtual project manager is brought on when you have a project that needs managing. They specialise in overseeing projects, from conception, through to final delivery. You tell them what your project is, and they plan it, put timelines in place, set KPIs and create the to-do list.

Hiring a virtual assistant or virtual project manager could save you a lot of time in the long run, freeing you up to focus on the bigger, more important tasks. But before you hire someone, you have to determine what is required of them and where your priorities lie.