Let’s face it; this should have been my first blog. Explaining what we do at Virtual Assist would probably have been helpful from the get go, but better late than never.
Virtual Assist is, rather obviously, a virtually based support company (if it wasn’t I made a huge mistake when I named it), but when I’m at business development events I am often asked “what is that?” so it’s not that self-explanatory.
So here it is – a virtual business or assistant is based “virtually” i.e. Are not on-site. They already have current hardware and software, high-speed WiFi access and fancy office equipment. We store files in cloud based systems and work in cloud based applications (apps) to work in this capacity.
That’s explanation is probably still too complicated. I know I take it for granted that I have an understanding of what working virtually means and I shouldn’t.
It is a very new concept for most business owners. Going to work between 9-5 has been the norm for countless years. It makes sense that everyone is available at the same time. Or does it?
As a virtual assistant (VA) I spend no time in traffic. I break when I need one, and I don’t charge you for it. If I’m tired I don’t work, instead I have a nap and work afterwards. If my kids are sick, I can be there for them and work while they are sleeping or napping from home. If I’m sick I don’t work; I catch up during the weekend. It’s the epitome of a flexible working arrangement because the deal is that as long as I get the job done on time, my clients don’t care where or when it happens.
I can’t speak for other VA’s but I try to support local small businesses by holding meetings in cafes rather than meeting rooms. My working carbon footprint is minimal, and I have very few overheads. Best of all, I don’t have to look good! I don’t have to get ready for work physically; I just start when I’m ready, PJ’s and all.
For me, 9-5 at the office is over-rated. My work life balance is awesome. Virtual is the way of the future.
So, with all this added up, I love my job. Getting out of bed is not a burden for me because I get out of bed when I feel like it, and I know this is reflected in my output. Can you say for sure that your employees feel like this? Refreshed, well rested, this enthusiastic about their job? It’s something to consider.
You may be wondering how virtual assistant’s benefit other companies. Well, for example, small business owners have to wear a lot of hats. Some tasks can be handed over, but is it enough to justify taking on another staff member? And are they going to care about your business as much as you?
You may have little/no extra desk space, or the funds to afford another computer. Then there is training a new staff member, managing them, hand holding them… The list goes on.
None of this is necessary when you engage a virtual assistant, and what I’ve just listed is just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are so many benefits I’ve compiled the Top 10 Reasons You Should Hire a Virtual Assistant.
- Reduced costs – Virtual Assistant’s (VA’s) are independent contractors, which means you don’t need to even think about payroll taxes, vacation pay, sick days, etc etc… We charge you for the hours worked. I can not speak for other VA’s, but Virtual Assist has very few overheads, so our pricing is very competitive.
- You pay for what you use – No need to hire part-time employees and hope you have enough work to keep them busy. With a VA you only pay for the time spent working. I’m not sitting at my desk cruising Facebook and charging you for that (unless you’ve asked me too of course).
- Flexible working arrangements – Work can be performed outside normal business hours. Generally speaking, VA’s are workers looking for flexible work hours, that’s why they do this type of work. This is helpful to small businesses because we can be available when you are, which a lot of the time is before 9 and after 5.
- Increased revenue – VA’s take on those every day essential tasks you don’t have time for, allowing you to focus on growing your business and increasing your revenue. It doesn’t make sense that you spend time on something you can outsource for “X” when you could be out there earning “Y”.
- Speed! – Business owners often tell me they do their administrative tasks late at night after a long day. You can not say that the quality of your work would be very high in those kinds of conditions. VA’s are quick at what they do, experienced, and we work when we are in a good head space.
- Space saving – As previously mentioned, most of the time there’s no need to provide a VA with office space. I already have a well set up office with a sit stand desk; I don’t need another one.
- Little training necessary – You tell us what you need, and we do it. VA’s are trained professionals. It’s that easy. The only training required in most cases is an initial hand over.
- Highly skilled – A VA may have skills that you don’t and have no interest or time to learn. I spend a lot of time upskilling and keeping in touch with all new and upcoming computer systems and apps so you don’t have to.
- Reliable and Loyal – VA’s are business owners too, and as a business owner I care about my output. The contractors I hire are also business owners, and they feel the same way. We want you to tell others about our services, so our reputation is everything, which translates to superior service.
- Capability – You would be surprised at the range of skills a VA can offer. At Virtual Assist, we provide bookkeeping, event management, and even web design, and we can do this because I engage and manage contractors who specialise in these areas. I know from experience how handy this is for small businesses since they need a little bit of a lot of things.
If you still can’t see the benefit in going virtual after that, I don’t think you ever will. I honestly feel that working virtually is the way of the future; we can’t keep supporting congested roads and commuting into major cities, it just isn’t sustainable.
If anything listed has spurred an interest in virtual businesses or assistants, please get in touch. We would be more than happy to discuss this with you further. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page to keep up with all things virtual.
All I can say is for me, right now, going virtual is the best thing I’ve ever done, so maybe you should give it a try too.
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