Every business needs good skilled personnel to grow but more often than not, hiring them is a tough decision for bootstrapped startups. Luckily for us, we live in a virtual world. A world with limitless possibilities that transcends boundaries, allowing us to work with the best talent in the world at the lowest rates. So if you’re an entrepreneur drowning under pressure, a virtual assistant may just be the answer to your prayers.
A virtual assistant is an independent contractor who provides administrative or specialized services(social media, PR, Marketing) to clients while operating outside of the client’s office. He/she typically operates from a home office but can access all necessary planning documents remotely.
Here are 5 ways that a Virtual Assistant can benefit your company:
Low operating costs: Unlike full time employees that require monthly salaries, Virtual Assistants bill you only for the work that they do. You also save on employee-related taxes, insurance or benefits, and can avoid the logistical problem of providing extra office space, equipment or supplies. With Virtual Assistants, you can also scale up or down with ease as and when you need to.
Best in class talent: Virtual Assistants are specialized experts and therefore, you do not need to worry about investing time and resources in hiring and training them. You can hire virtual assistants at attractive rates for clerical and bookkeeping tasks, social media updates or writing articles for a blog. A well-rounded virtual assistant may also handle travel arrangements, appointment scheduling, data entry, and online file storage. Once they have a good understanding of your business and ethics, they can help lighten your load.
Improved Quality: By hiring a virtual assistant and outsourcing non-core tasks to him/her, you can save a significant amount of time in which you can focus on the core business activities. Since most Virtual Assistant’s are very skilled in their area of expertise, you can simply hand over mundane tasks and/or tasks that you may not consider your strengths, thereby allowing them to bridge the gap in your organization.
Increased flexibility: Unlike regular employees, Virtual Assistants are not restricted to 9 to 5 schedules. You can work with them as per your convenience and work schedule. If you’re running a 24/7 operation, you can work with virtual assistants from different time zones to manage your shifts.
Have a life: The last but the most important benefit of hiring a virtual assistant is to have a life. If you spend all your time making a living, what is the point of living? So go ahead and get some hands on deck so you can take a break and prevent a burn out.
If you’re convinced that your business needs a virtual assistant to grow, we recommend you start by making a list of tasks you want to delegate to them. This will help you identify a virtual assistant most suited to your needs. You can find Virtual Assistants on several trusted websites like Upwork.com and Fiverr.com. Be sure to give them a thorough understanding of your business, its objectives and ethics before you start working together.
All the very best for your outsourcing journey!