What IS a Virtual Assistant?

A virtual assistant is simply an assistant who works remotely.

 

As technological advancements in the 1990s brought reliable internet to more homes, businesses quickly realised they didn't have to bring an employee into the office to get work done, and this led to the first wave of virtual assistants.

Virtual assistants are especially in demand by entrepreneurs and online businesses that need help but don't want to spend the money initially on an office space or resources for staff. However, many small and mid-size businesses use virtual support, especially for specific tasks, such as social media management.

Theoretically, a virtual assistant can do anything another staff member might do. There are some limitations, but technology is increasingly offering ways to work around those limitations. A Virtual Assistant is flexible and can provide more hours when you need them and less hours when you don't.

Virtual support duties are not limited to just administration work. A Virtual Assistant can provide assistance with marketing, web design, bookkeeping, lifestyle and personal tasks and many other services.

Why do I need a Virtual Assistant?

If you are a new or an existing smal/medium business owner who wants to focus on kick starting your venture the best way you can, you need to get rid of small, repetitive duties and let a virtual assistant take care of all of this for you.
 
All those small, daunting tasks that consume your time and interfere with your creativity can be a thing of the past. By hiring a task-based virtual assistant, you'll find the arrangement much more flexible and more affordable.  ​​
Ultimately a Virtual Assistant can be on hand for anything, from anywhere at anytime! 

The 10 Benefits of hiring a Virtual Assistant

  1. A Virtual Assistant can drive business growth keeping in regular contact with your customers/clients when you can't

  2. You are not tied to a geographical location - your VA can be anywhere, anytime, for anything - this gives your business much more flexibility

  3. You will benefit from decreased operational costs saving £££s on office space, PAYE and benefits, office space and equipment

  4. You will have A REDUCED WORKLOAD! A VA is skilled in multiple areas. You'll find you are no longer stretched - you can focus on the more important aspects of your business and reduce your workplace stress. Not everything requires your full attention so by negating the 'small stuff', you can concentrate on the core business requirements

  5. A VA will bill you only for the hours they work.  So paying for sick days, holiday days or other benefits is not required. This can save a great deal of money for you, whilst providing you with valuable services to operate your business methodically.

  6. A VA will do more work in less time leaving you to focus on driving business growth. Why go solo when you can hire a talented and multi-disciplined VA?

  7. A VA is FLEXIBLE so they can take on almost anything and with wide ranging connections to other VAs and specialists, any aspect of the business can be covered in the same virtual manner

  8.  No need to pay for training - a VA brings a whole host of skills already

  9. Scalability in operations - your VA will scale with you as you grow and their flexibility means that you will always be supported in any capacity.

  10. More leisure time for you and your family.

So identify the tasks that require your direct attention and for the rest of the tasks, assign a Virtual Assistant to get those done within time! By offloading your mundane tasks, a Virtual Assistant can literally add more productive hours to your day.