Now more than ever, businesses are seeing just how many of their everyday tasks can be handled remotely. Virtual assistants come with a particular set of advantages, especially for new or growing businesses. Read on to find out how outsourcing your work to a virtual assistant can help you take your business to the next level.
1. Efficient hiring process:
Traditional hiring processes require a good deal of time and energy. If you hire a VA from an agency, you can skip the hiring process entirely. It generally takes a single phone call or email, a quick interview with the VA to discuss your needs and their qualifications, and then you can get back to tackling your workload with efficient and professional help.
2. Less time spent on admin tasks:
When you look over your current to-do list, do you notice you’re spending more time than you’d like on simple admin tasks? By delegating tedious or time-consuming tasks like email management, scheduling, or customer support to a virtual assistant, you can streamline your to-do list and focus on high-priority tasks that will help you grow your business.
3. Ability to scale workload up and down:
Unlike traditional in-office assistants, VAs are used to juggling multiple customers and are pros at prioritizing their workload to meet shifting demand and changing hours. They can work on a project-by-project basis and can scale their hours up and down to match the natural ebb and flow of your business. Why pay for a 9-5 M-F assistant if you don’t have to?
4. Flexibility in how you pay:
One of the biggest pros about hiring a VA is the financial benefit it can offer you. When you don’t have to pay for benefits, healthcare, vacations, holidays, or office space, it frees up a lot of room in your budget. By some estimates, switching to a virtual assistant can cut your overall costs by 50%. Many VAs work on an hourly or project-by-project basis, so you are only paying for time spent on actual work.
5. Access to different skill sets:
Every virtual assistant has a different set of skills and experience levels. Instead of trying to find one in-office assistant with a wide variety of skills and paying them the same rate whether they are doing simple admin tasks or higher-skilled tasks, it is often easier and more cost-effective to use multiple VAs for different projects.
6. Most VA’s are adaptable self-starters:
Virtual assistants are often very used to taking initiative, managing their own time, and multitasking. Their familiarity with working with different clients means they are used to shifting their work methods and communication style to meet the needs of each client. Whether you like to be involved in every step of a project or prefer a more hands-off approach, your VA will see you as an individual and will work hard to meet your expectations.
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Author: Camryn Pickworth
As the head VA and owner of The First Pick VA Group I have found such great joy in sharing my experiences and top tips with other freelancers and aspiring VA's. I hope that our blog can service as a great reference for VA's and Clients alike!