Five Benefits Of Hiring A Virtual Assistant For Your Business
I understand businesses are very much in the mindset that they want to have an administration temp sitting within their office undertaking the tasks they require. The concept of a virtual assistant still seems very foreign to them. I want to give you some food for thought to consider hiring a virtual assistant.
- No need for supplying a desk and office equipment
A virtual assistant is established with the equipment that is required to undertake work for your business. This means you don’t have the additional financial expense as well as physical space needed for an additional staff member within the office. Playing musical desks with other staff members isn’t always the most productive way of working. This is a massive plus for solopreneurs and small business owners who don’t have a great deal of office real estate to play with.
- A Virtual Assistant is a business owner just like you
Virtual assistants are business owners just like you and therefore have a much wider understanding of what it takes to run a business. This combined with their extensive experience as professional administrators means that they understand that the work they provide to you is extremely important to do well as it’s their personal and business reputation is on the line, as well as your business’s. A virtual assistant cares about their business – it’s their livelihood – they want you to call and they want you to tell others about their services. This translates to receiving superior service for you as a business owner.
- A Virtual Assistant can bring fresh eyes and a new perspective in to your business
Sometimes you’re so busy working in the trenches it takes a fresh perspective and a new way of doing things to give you a bigger picture of what is happening or how things can be done within your business. It is also the fact that they are a set of fresh eyes that they may bring a new perspective on how to do things within your business, something that you may not have even considered. Because they have been exposed to a wide range of industries, they are able to bring new experiences and processes into your business that have worked well elsewhere and can be utilised within your business too.
- Virtual Assistants are very resourceful
In the business world “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” The same applies to a Virtual Assistant. It’s not important that your virtual assistant can personally do everything for you – that’s impossible. What is important? They know how to get it all done with their resources and contacts. Virtual assistants generally have a network of professionals that they turn to and have pre-qualified by using themselves to undertake work and to refer their clients to.
- Virtual Assistants are labour cost effective
Virtual assistants are independent contractors which means you don’t need to even think about payroll taxes, vacation pay, sick days, worker’s compensation and employee benefits. Not to mention there are no agency fees as with temporary employees. When you utilize a virtual assistant, you only pay for time spent on projects. So you can budget for the projects that have a high priority for your business. In addition to this, if you’re slightly technologically challenged (like some are, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that) then there’s a high likelihood that something that would take you an hour would take a virtual assistant 15 minutes.
In today’s world of technology there are a myriad of options for getting help within your business and Virtual Assistants are a very cost effective and productive one. If you are finding you’re spending more time working in your business on administrative and smaller tasks than spending time working on your business then engaging the services of a Virtual Assistant may be something to consider. There’s nothing worse spending time on tasks that you could very easily be outsourcing and getting on with bigger picture tasks.
Korryn Haines is an administration ninja with over 10 years of administrative experience in a wide range of industries. Based in Brisbane and founder of Encore Admin Consulting, she provides virtual assistant services to small businesses and solopreneurs. She loves a nice big pot of tea, smashing out a BodyPump class and spending time with her young children, husband and lovable Cocker Spaniel. Connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.
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