There are many reasons to hire a virtual assistant, from money-saving to freeing up your time. Here are ten good reasons to hire a VA.
A virtual assistant will save your business money.
Although this list is in no particular order, this one has to be the most important reason to hire a virtual assistant, because hiring a VA versus hiring an in-house member of staff could save you thousands of pounds over time. With a VA you don’t need a physical space for staff – this means you don’t need to purchase a chair and desk, landline telephone, PC, printer, stationery, mobile phone or all the other things office staff need. A virtual assistant has all those things ready to go, with no cost to your business. Hiring a virtual assistant also means you don’t have to pay employee tax, national insurance, holiday pay, sick pay or employee benefits such as healthcare, pension or life assurance.
A virtual assistant can save you hours.
After saving money, this is the next most beneficial benefit to hiring a VA. All those mundane tasks, tasks you don’t like, or tasks that you don’t have time for, can all be passed to a VA. This frees you up to do the more important things – sourcing new clients, making new sales, generating more business. You could free up x amount of hours each week, solely to spend on developing your business.
You don’t need any physical space.
Many new or small businesses keep their overheads low by leasing small office spaces (or maybe working from home). As I touched on in point one, hiring a VA means you don’t need to allocate that small amount of space you have to a desk and chair. virtual assistant is available outside of office hours. A physical member of staff will most likely clock in at 9am and clock out at 5pm. But what if you need a document edited at 6pm? Or you need some email queries answered at 8am? Or some important queries come in on a Sunday afternoon that need to be answered? Or perhaps you are based overseas and need a VA who can be available in the middle of the night? A virtual assistant can be available whenever you need, not just during office hours.
They can carry out time-consuming personal tasks.
Could you ever imagine asking an office-based member of staff if they can compare prices for your new car, check out holidays to Thailand with your kids, find the perfect gift for your significant other, or source a venue for your mum’s 60th birthday party? A virtual assistant can do all those things for you, freeing up your personal time to do more interesting things.
You only pay for the work done.
You pay an office-based staff for 8 hours a day, regardless of how much work they get done. With a VA, you only pay for the work done on your behalf – no more paying for lunch and afternoon breaks!
Commuting is never an issue.
No more late staff because the train was late, or there was terrible traffic after an accident. An even if there are snowstorms six feet deep, your VA can still support you as they work from their remote office.
As each client relationship is protected with a confidentiality agreement, you can be safe in the knowledge your data is safe and no confidential company information will be shared. This also avoids the issue of employees chatting about company matters in a social setting.
They are running their own business, just like you.
As virtual assistants are self-employed, they are perfectly situated to understand your needs. They understand the challenges of running their own business, and the amount of work involved.
They can work globally.
A virtual assistant can help support your business no matter where you are in the world. Whether you work in London, New York, Paris, Milan or Dubai, they can support you remotely. And for UK based businesses, they can support you even when you are away on business trips or personal holidays.
So there we have ten good reasons to hire a virtual assistant. So if you are overwhelmed with mundane paperwork, need help data cleansing or detoxing your inbox, or simply want to offload basic tasks so that you can concentrate on more important things, a virtual assistant could be the answer.