5 benefits of hiring a Virtual Assistant
The challenges that come with running a business can be daunting. You're keeping an eye on the marketing, finances, day-to-day problems, hiring, firing, PR and more. With all that going on, you barely have any time for coming up with new ideas and processes that can help grow your business. One of the easiest solutions to these problems is to hire a Virtual Assistant. But why hire a Virtual Assistant when you can hire in-house staff?
A Specific Skillset
A Virtual Assistant is someone who works remotely, often through email, phone calls and/or video conferencing. A Virtual Assistant can work from anywhere in the world as long as they have an internet connection. They may have a broad range of experience but typically work in a specific niche and have dedicated skills like accounting, marketing, PR, data entry or web design.
Hiring a Virtual Assistant saves you the cost of hiring a full-time employee. You eliminate employee benefits (National Insurance, holiday pay, maternity leave etc.) and the average rate for a Virtual Assistant is typically lower for those reasons. Plus, you only pay them for the time that they are working for you, so no tea breaks, lunch breaks or trips to the toilet!
As a sole trader or small business owner, you understand that affordable office spaces are difficult to come by. Sometimes just the cost of buying extra office furniture such as a desk and chair might be off-putting. This is where a Virtual Assistant comes in. Because they work remotely, you don't need to make room for them in your business space, or even have an office for that matter.
A Comfortable Relationship
By choosing a Virtual Assistant, you eliminate any interpersonal conflicts or issues that can arise from having to see or speak to someone 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Not only that, but a Virtual Assistant is generally very flexible and happy to work around your other commitments. A happy employee is a productive one. For instance:
A Virtual Assistant doesn't have to commute to work You don't have to worry about them being late because of traffic or bad weather.
Many Virtual Assistants have children which is why they work from home. Because they can be so flexible, you don't have to deal with staff needing to leave early to pick the kids up from school, or have an unexpected day off because one of the children is ill.
A Virtual Assistant will focus on exactly what you want them to do. Most VAs use time-tracking software so you can be sure that every minute they are working for you is dedicated to your needs.
Save You Stress
Finally, a Virtual Assistant makes your life easier. Knowing you can outsource difficult or tedious tasks to a capable VA can make the difference between you enjoying what you do or dreading it. By engaging a VA to handle projects or everyday tasks that you either don't have the time to do or can't do, you are freeing up your schedule to make time for what you do best.