What is a Virtual Assistant? To put it simply, a VA is typically a self-employed individual who works remotely on tasks that small businesses and entrepreneurs are either too busy to do, don’t know how to do or don’t enjoy doing. This allows them time to focus on what they do best (which isn’t going to be their admin!!).
A VA is more commonly thought of as providing secretarial and general admin support. However, times have changed and the role has evolved with VAs now offering additional business, creative and technical support to their clients.
So what are the benefits to using a VA?
- VAs offer flexibility – your business is running 24/7 and you may need support outside of “normal” office hours. A lot of VAs will also offer out of hours support. There for you when you need it
- Using a VA allows you the opportunity to use the same highly skilled individual every time you outsource work
- You will get more time to do what you do best, leaving the admin tasks to someone else
- Your work will be completed to perfection and delivered by, or ahead of, the deadline
- No HR headache from recruitment, agency fees, tax, national insurance, pension or employee benefits
- Employees will need to take breaks during their shift. Using a VA means you are only paying for the time they are physically working. No more paying for coffee breaks, toilet visits or personal calls
- A VA will work closely with you to achieve perfection of your projects. No one will ever know it wasn’t completed in-house
- VAs work from home so no need for a workspace or any equipment
By employing an administrator, and assuming a fairly conservative list of day-to-day distractions, employers could lose an average of:
- 35 minutes a day*
- Nearly 3 hours a week
- Or 151 productive working hours per year!
- *calculations based on two 10 minute coffee breaks, three 5 minute toilet stops a day for a full time member of staff
For a more detailed review of how you could save money using a VA versus an employee, see my blog So you think I’m expensive.
If you would like to discuss ways I could help you and your business to free up your time and allow you to focus on what you do best, give me a call on 07538 715537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org