Our Favourite Reasons for Hiring a Virtual Assistant.

We keep hearing how much people love their Virtual Assistants. So we have pulled together our favourite reasons for how Virtual Assistants can help your business grow. How using a VA can benefit you, your business, your life, and how a VA loves to do the everyday tasks that many people find mundane.

Teamwork and collaboration. Collaboration, strategic partnerships, and shared interests are powerful, and they can take your business to another level. Even if you are part of a fantastic team, decisions often get trapped in our heads, and we become overwhelmed with thinking them through again and again. A Virtual Assistant is a built-in teammate with different perspectives, opinions, and ideas. They are a sounding board, a brainstorming partner, and a collaborator.

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself” – Henry Ford.

Saving you money. A Virtual Assistant is self-employed, and they cover all their own costs. You no longer pay for unproductive hours of in-house employees, and you don’t need to worry about the associated overheads. Hiring a VA can help you save on:

  • Taxes / NI
  • Insurance
  • Benefits package
  • Office space / equipment
  • Stationery
  • Sick days
  • Holiday leave
  • Recruitment costs

Virtual Assistants are intentional and focused, they are masters of managing their own time, and they maximise every minute they are working for you. You hire them to perform a specific job, and you are paying just for the tasks that you delegate – think of the savings you can use elsewhere in your business.

“Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship” – Benjamin Franklin.

Saving you time. As business owners, you work hard to get things done; you focus on your business’s essential duties while juggling many tasks. A virtual assistant allows you to off-load your mundane tasks and give you many more productive hours in your day.

A recent article / study by Forbes magazine said: “Take a minute to think about the most valuable things in life. If you are like most people, your list includes family, friends, fitness, and finances (money). Now, how would you rank these things on your list? It might surprise you to discover that many of those who are considered highly successful all rank the same thing at number one: time”.

What would you accomplish with five extra hours per week? Imagine not having to start emails with, “I’m sorry for taking a while to get back to you.” A virtual assistant helps you be better at what you do; they give you the ability to drive your business, increase your work-life balance and offer you greater peace of mind.

“All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us” – J.R.R. Tolkien

An extra pair of hands. You are fantastic at running your business, but that does not mean you should be doing everything yourself. Outsourcing your to-do list is the best investment you can make. How much more productive would you be if you had an extra pair of hands to handle all those nonessential tasks? You would be able to dedicate more time to growing and marketing your business.

Here are just three simple steps towards outsourcing your to-do list.

  • Identify the tasks that you need to do yourself.
  • Identify the tasks that you should not be doing yourself.
  • Delegate, delegate, and delegate – VA’s are a motivated bunch.

You can do anything, but not everything” – David Allen

The skill set you are looking for. Your business is up and running, you have found success, and you want to keep that momentum going. It doesn’t matter what size business you run; it is unlikely that you have all the skill sets required for the business to perform well. A Virtual Assistant can provide services in fields that you have minimal knowledge or do not have time for; they can help you balance your workload and make your life easier. Using a virtual assistant means you are not reinventing the wheel with every task; let your VA do the work they are good at.

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece” – John Ruskin.

Flexibility. Virtual assistants have reasonably flexible work schedules, which means they can adjust this to meet your business needs.

They are not tied to a 9-5 working pattern, and there are no concerns about geographical restrictions. Most Virtual Assistants offer flexible packages that charge on a project or hourly basis.

VA’s provide several solutions that maximises performance, increases output, and manages cost.

“Action and flexibility create opportunity” – Garrison Wynn

Improve your online presence. Almost all businesses have some online presence, and business activity is happening online more. With the use of social media, email, websites, and online meeting spaces now becoming the norm, your business needs to migrate into this cyber world and embrace new ways to promote and expand online, thus increasing the need for digital help!

A Virtual Assistant can help if you are starting to become overwhelmed or in need of a digital helping hand.

They are experts in:

  • Writing, editing, formatting, and posting blogs on time.
  • Creating and distributing e-bulletins.
  • Helping your social media pages to stand out.
  • Regularly sharing news and posts on social media.
  • Prompt responses to customer queries.
  • Strengthen the identity of your online brand.
  • Managing websites.
  • SEO analytics that drives traffic to your website.
  • And much more.

An active presence on social media requires a lot of dedication, time, persistence, and patience – these just so happen to be the attributes of an excellent Virtual Assistant too.

“To touch infinity, we must dissolve our finite restrictions” – Laura Hames Franklin.

If you would like to have an informal chat about how Beanstalk Business Support CIC can step in and offer support, please contact us, and we will be in touch soon!