You might be considering hiring a Virtual Assistant (VA) to support you with your time-consuming admin tasks, whilst you concentrate on your creative work. You like what you are reading about the services I offer, but you still aren’t convinced about the benefits of a VA compared to employing someone ‘in house’ and need to know more before committing to the idea.
To help you decide if hiring a VA is for you, I have set out below seven benefits of hiring one
What is a Virtual Assistant?
A VA is an independent contractor offering specialist support to clients on a remote basis. Each VA has their own skill set and industry niche, so depending on the type of business and kind of support required, there should be a VA out there who can help no matter the issue.
A VA will….
Save you time
You don’t want to be spending time on admin when you could be working on a project. Delegating your admin to a VA means that you open up more time to work, whilst your VA could be sorting out your messy email inbox, creating a spreadsheet or undertaking many other tasks for you. These are just two examples, just think of all the other tasks you could delegate, and how much time that would free up for you! Sounds great, doesn’t it?
More time for you to concentrate on your work, means your productivity will increase. You will be able to work in the knowledge that whilst you concentrate on your project, your admin is being taken care of by someone else. An increase in productivity means you can build up your business in the direction you envisioned.
Keep costs down
You have probably struggled on, thinking you couldn’t afford to employ staff, but a VA would be a less expensive option than hiring in house staff. A VA works form their own base, you won’t need to create a space for them so no need to purchase a desk, chair or PC. As a VA is an independent contractor, you also don’t need to pay for expensive training. set up a pension scheme, pay a salary or worry about holiday cover. A VA will charge only for the time spent on your tasks and will already have the training and knowledge they need to support you and can train themselves in anything else they might need to support you.
Report back regularly
A VA will use time tracking and reporting software whilst working on your tasks, which helps you both to keep track of the work being carried out. This is useful for weekly or monthly catch-up meetings, and you’ll be able to relax in the knowledge your tasks are in good hands and you are being charged for exactly what you paid for.
Offer different skills
A VA can support you with all kinds of tasks, depending on their skills set and the type of tasks you need support with. If you are looking for specific help with, for example, bookkeeping, social media, marketing, promotion, publishing, or general admin, there will be someone out there in the VA world, with those skills, who can support you.
Assist with Lifestyle management
Perhaps you find your head is full of the work you are bringing to life, or you have a deadline coming up, or a promotion tour coming up. Juggling these alongside your business is proving stressful and time consuming and you need help. Some VA’s also take on lifestyle management tasks, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to order that important gift, missing an appointment, making that reservation at your favourite restaurant, or even researching days out for the kids, or holidays. A VA can research, organise, diarise or book anything you require, and even deal with organising trades people to come in and fix problems. A VA can ensure your business and your home life run smoothly in tandem with each other.
Give you peace of mind
Lastly, A VA will give you peace of mind, knowing that those time-consuming tasks are taken care of, so you can concentrate on your work. An important deadline coming up? No problem, your VA will be productively beavering away at your admin, allowing to reach that important deadline. Perhaps you have a tour or promotion coming up and you need help with getting organised, or there is a special birthday to organise but you really need to spend time on your project. There are so many things a VA can help with, allowing you more time to create and peace of mind. What could be better?
If you would like to chat about how I might be able to support you, I offer a free half hour discovery call (either by telephone or Zoom) where we can discuss the kind of support you need and find out if we would be a great fit. Contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a call.