A virtual assistant (VA) is someone who works remotely to complete your administrative tasks or small projects. The industry has seen an increase in popularity over recent years due to a greater number of people and businesses seeking more flexible work experiences.
There are many reasons to consider hiring a VA for your business, all of which result in a mutually beneficial relationship for you and your VA.
No Human Resource Hassles
Hiring a VA will involve a simple agreement, acceptance of quote or written confirmation of the task and hours required to meet your needs. Upon completion of work an invoice will be issued for payment. There is no need for you to worry about setting up the VA as an employee in your payroll or completing all of the administration that comes with bringing on a new employee. In addition you’re getting a productive person, as they won’t have all the usual office distractions that prevent them from efficiently completing their work.
Every business goes through fluctuations which aren’t always predictable or seasonal. One of the greatest advantages of a VA is that they are able to fill the gaps in your business when things get busy. On the flip side it means that you don’t have the added payroll cost when things are quiet.
Get on With Doing What You Love
Administrative tasks are not everyone’s cup of tea. There is often a sense of overwhelm that comes with being a business owner as you need to be able to complete a wide range of tasks. Hiring a VA will enable you to clear some of the tasks that you don’t like doing. Then you can get on with the strategy of building your business.
A VA will be able to perform specific time critical tasks that don’t require the hours of a part-timer or even a casual. This might include reporting that only takes a couple of hours a week. Or maybe you have data to enter into a spreadsheet from salespeople on a weekly basis. All of these tasks are time critical and take up your valuable time.
A VA is a business too. They will want to give you the very best service possible, so you can be assured that your requested tasks will be completed on time, consistently and be of high quality. Having a VA on a retainer will also mean that you and your clients will receive a consistent and reliable service.
Whilst word of mouth is the best way to find your perfect VA, also look at the potential candidates’ experience, social media presence and examples of previous work. A good VA will also be happy to give you client testimonials. Look for someone who has similar values to you and can establish a good rapport with you quickly.
Finding the right VA for you and your business will provide you with the support you need to increase your own productivity. Most importantly it will free up your time so you can get back to what you love doing the most. After all, isn't that why you started your business in the first place?