If you’re getting bogged down with the day-to-day tasks of running your business, and finding it hard to concentrate on growing it, then you probably need some extra help. But what if you don’t want to employ someone permanently, or don’t have the office space to accommodate more staff? Then you need a virtual assistant.
A virtual assistant is a freelancer who works for you remotely (usually in their own home) on an hourly basis, at an agreed rate. The number of hours they work can vary from week to week depending on how much support you need. The type of work they can help with typically includes tasks such as:
- Managing your inbox
- Managing your diary
- Arranging and booking meetings
- Updating your website and social media accounts
- Updating your contact database
- Providing customer service
- Preparing reports
- Managing projects
- Carrying out research
More and more small businesses are choosing to use virtual assistants these days. This is partly because there are so many tools available now to help facilitate this way of working (eg file-sharing tools such as Dropbox, communication tools such as Skype). But it’s also because the benefits of using a virtual assistant have become well established. Here are just some of them:
It’s a really flexible solution – you only pay for the hours worked, and this can vary from week to week according to your needs. There’s no commitment involved, as there is when employing a permanent member of staff, and you can review your options as you go along.
It gives you access to professional staff with diverse skills – virtual assistants can often offer a range of valuable skills, not just general admin experience; they might have a background in marketing, for example, or IT.
It frees you up – with someone else looking after the time-consuming tasks that were previously dominating your day, you can focus on other aspects of running your business. This will enable you to increase your own productivity and grow your business more quickly. And once your assistant knows the ropes, they can provide cover when you’re on holiday (or ill).
It is extremely cost effective – virtual assistants work on a freelance basis, so there are no HR considerations for you to worry about (eg tax, NI, holidays, sick leave). They incur no overheads (eg desk space, equipment), as everything is done remotely, and you will also save on recruitment and training costs.
Here at GO Get Organised we have a team of virtual assistants ready to support you. We specialise in finding exactly the right person for you; someone who will match your business needs and suit your particular way of working – and most importantly someone who you can trust. This is such a vital aspect of working virtually, and we believe that it’s key to developing a strong relationship with your virtual assistant.