Since the internet’s inception, each day we have utilised this amazing tool for the good (and the bad). Some ideas have been revolutionary, some have hovered in pointless existence.
For a select number of individuals, including myself, we have found an oasis of opportunity, which allows us to use our skills to supports hectic business owners…and it isn’t quick-buck money making internet scheme.
The simple term ‘Virtual Assistant‘ isn’t as well know as that Justin, young bloke who sings, what’s his name? However, it is an increasingly popular job title.
Ok, so it doesn’t scream the word ‘social’, mainly down to the use of the word ‘virtual’, but isn’t ‘virtual’ the future?
It certainly is when it comes down to assistants like myself who’s livelihood preys on the busy ‘businessman‘.
We all have our strengths and we know our weakness – this job is a simple game of supply and demand mixed with some smart decision making.
If you are a small to medium sized business owner, you know how hectic your lifestyle is, juggling work commitments with the many personal ones including the dog’s walk, kid’s football practice or the wife’s dental appointment.
As a business owner (speaking from experience), we are proud of our companies; we thrive on improving, sharing and taking the control that allows us to create something we are passionate about.
The business owner is a jack of all trades and a master of many – however, awareness is required when it is so easy to push yourself that one step too far
Do not be a busy fool!
Delegation and building systems are vital when it comes to growing your business successfully. Letting go is exceptionally important to stop yourself circling around, wondering when you actually going to catch that tail; truth is, you never will.
Busy fools spend countless hours chasing their own tails, completing the jobs that are already behind them rather than looking ahead and building for the future.
Let’s see our Top 10 reasons as to why Virtual Assistant not only save you money, but help you make more of it.
1. VA’s work on an ‘as required’ basis and do not need you to have office space. Most supply printing, calling cost, internet, online software and their own materials as part of the cost, so all you pay is an hourly rate.
2. VA’s tend to have a multitude of skill sets, so instead of employing two different part time employees, why not have one VA do both jobs – plus they’ll get to know your business quicker and rely on less training.
3. VA’s are used to working on a wide variety of tasks everyday, such as research. This experience will therefore be effective right from day one.
4. VA’s are used to being quite proactive, so if you wish, your VA can offer feedback and ways to improve your systems based on experience. They’ll have been used to working on many different platforms; their knowledge is your advantage, it’s like a 2in1 business consultant!
5. VA’s save you money on employment related costs and benefits. No holiday pay, tax, pension schemes etc – just pay the hourly rate and set up a simple freelance agreement.
6. VA’s often have either web or design skills that could save you money, at least to utilise initially rather than hiring specialised suppliers from the start. Need a few logo ideas, or some simple code changing on the web? Well, a VA’s hourly rate is much cheaper than hiring a designer or web developer just for a few hours.
7. VA’s diary manage as well as project manage, they’ll take on as little or as much as is required. Let them help you run a successful business.
8. VA’s can be hired and un-hired almost immediately, lowering the initial risk if things are not going right. There are no long employment contracts or redundancy packages for you to negotiate.
9. VA’s are here for you and dedicated based on your initial requirements. I myself have a select number of clients, some more permanent than others. I know exactly what I can achieve in a week, how much time to dedicate and when. As long as we have a transparent understanding of expectations, my clients know when they need me, I’ll be available.
10. VA’s can socialise! Yes, we work at home most of the time, but why not have us represent you in a meeting or ‘meet and greet’ a client? I have been a rep in many events for my clients – it’s even better as I know the business so there’s no need to hire one-off event staff who do not even know your product.
Taking on a Virtual Assistant opens up a solar system’s worth of opportunity, because by surrendering some control on the more mundane everyday tasks such as admin etc, you actually find you have more time to do the things that bring in the so called ‘bacon’.
You’ll be surprised, but those tasks you find boring can actually be enjoyed by us Virtual Assistants! We are dedicated to efficiency, so you don’t have to worry. Think of it as an investment.
So, you may sacrifice a little control and a small percentage of profit on a wage, but if you are keen on growing your business, it’ll be an essential step.
The quicker you can realise how you need support, the more stress-free your everyday life will be. When working with my clients, they trust my ability to handle tasks because I get to know them and their business.