Would you like to spend more time growing your business and less time attending to mundane administrative chores? Hiring a virtual assistant may be just the thing to ease your personal workload and get some order back in your work life.
The benefits of hiring a virtual assistant
Hiring a full-time, on-site employee isn’t always an option for small businesses. The financial expense and pressure to keep him or her busy can be prohibitive, not to mention the recruitment and hiring merry-go-round.
The virtual model opens up an array of benefits for small businesses.
- Less cost: VAs are generally freelancers, meaning you only pay for what you need and you don’t have to worry about tax, holiday pay or sick leave. Since they work from home, you avoid the cost of acquiring or maintaining additional office space, computer equipment and stationery.
- Less commitment: Businesses who only need periodic support on an ad-hoc basis can hire someone with a specific skill set for a particular project, without the ongoing commitment of an employee.
- More options: VAs come with a wide range of skills. They can perform general administrative tasks such as answering phones, transcription, word processing, data entry, email, appointments, research and travel bookings, or more specialist tasks such as bookkeeping, wages or social media marketing.
Hiring a virtual assistant may be outside the box, but it’s not uncharted territory. Explore this territory and see how a virtual assistant could add value to your business.