Virtual Assistants are fast becoming a popular industry, especially in recent months due to Covid-19 allowing people to work more from home. Hopefully one day people will be asking, “Who is your Virtual Assistant?” rather than “What is a Virtual Assistant?”. But until those times, let’s look a little at why businesses should use virtual assistants.
What exactly IS a Virtual Assistant?
Well, to put it simply, a Virtual Assistant is someone who offers a wide range of administrative support, but virtually (or remotely) rather than in the office. Using advanced and ever-changing technological methods of communication and data delivery, a professional virtual assistant can assist a business from their own home office with a range of administrative, creative or technical services – all designed to meet the needs of your business.
Why would I want to work with a Virtual Assistant?
There are many advantages to using a virtual assistant rather than an employee. First, there are no hidden costs – the virtual assistant charges a pre-agreed rate and takes care of their own expenses (including office space, equipment, computers and software, and all wage-related expenses). A virtual assistant is not like other employees, instead they become a member of your team, and has a stake in the success of your company. If you don’t succeed they won’t succeed. Most virtual assistants have many years administrative experience and can handle a wide variety of tasks. Many also work outside of traditional business hours to provide flexibility to businesses who might not work the standard 9-5.
Secondly, there are NO employee costs associated with a virtual assistant. You don’t need to pay tax and national insurance, pension contributions, life insurance, sick or holiday pay, or even buy them tea and coffee for the office! Not to mention there are no costs related to stationery, equipment purchasing, energy and water, or other associated office costs.
With a virtual assistant on your team you have an opportunity to grow your business rather than just maintain it. You can get back to the things you love doing…while the tasks on your TO DO list are being professionally looked after.
What can a Virtual Assistant assist me with?
Virtual Assistants can assist you with everything an office administrator could – from basic administrative functions (document preparation, proofreading, call handling, correspondence, transcriptions services, etc.) to specialized services such as web site design and maintenance, bookkeeping, ghostwriting and editing services, as well as handling social media, marketing and event planning. Each virtual assistant has their own professional skill set and services.
How do I communicate with a Virtual Assistant?
The most popular methods in communication are via email and telephone; however most virtual assistants are very flexible, and will meet your needs, whether that be post or courier, video conferencing, or online chat.
Is there anything a Virtual Assistant can’t do for me?
A Virtual Assistant can perform any task that an office-based assistant could do…… except maybe making your morning coffee!
Now armed with this information, I am sure you can see how partnering with a Virtual Assistant truly does make good business sense. It is a key step in creating a thriving business.