Today is Administrative Professional’s Day and the newest addition to our industry is the VA – Virtual Assistant.
Many people still don’t know what a VA is and I think perhaps the title doesn’t help. I am starting to refer to my team as ‘Remote Admin Assistants’ as I think that more accurately describes what we do. We are real, not virtual or computer generated, but we don’t work in your office, we work remotely from our own office.
The benefits to small business owners of working with a VA or Remote Admin Assistant are huge:
- Releasing time to focus on other things
- Improved efficiency
- Professional, experienced person with knowledge that can help improve the business
- Increased income due to the business owner being able to do more work and/or marketing
Cost conscious business owners will often look at the hourly rate of a VA and think they are an expensive alternative to employing someone or getting a temp, but they haven’t considered the bigger picture:
- No employment costs
- No office and equipment costs
- Only paying for the time worked (no cigarette breaks, sickness or holiday)
- Flexible working hours
- High levels of service (this isn’t just a job - their business depends on it)
- Access to a variety of experience and skills (if you choose a company with a team)
By dismissing a VA because of the hourly rate they are missing out on something that could make a positive impact on their business and allow them to move to the next level.
If you want to know more about the logistics of working with a VA I’m happy to have a chat and explain it in more detail.