10 Reasons to hire a VA today!
Updated: Feb 20
1: VAs can help grow your business.
To run a successful business, you must understand that you cannot dedicate the necessary time to complete all tasks yourself. Delegation is essential and having an extra pair of hands can really drive your business growth. Collaboration is a powerful tool that can help your business to flourish and take it to the next level.
#2: Access to the best of the best from across the Globe.
There are thousands of PAs out there but if you are trying to expand your business you want to bring in the best and most suited person for the job. That person may not necessarily live in your area, or even in your country. The best part about hiring a VA is that their geographical location is not an issue, thus providing you access to world-class talent from across the globe.
#3: No Micro Managing.
VAs are disciplined individuals that are used to working off their own initiative. They take instruction well and are problem solvers. A good VA is resourceful and will find solutions to most issues without having to constantly reach out and look for reassurance. They are knowledgeable in their field and once they understand your business and your needs, you will see that knowledge reflected in every task they perform. The key is to communicate your task requirements clearly with your VA so that gradually they become an essential and trusted member of the team, one who just happens to work remotely.
#4: A decrease in overheads.
Outsourcing tasks is one of the best money saving options for budding entrepreneurs and business owners. You can save expenses on office space, equipment, and additional taxes. Hiring a VA costs less than an employee as you don't have to worry about employee benefits, insurance, sick days, or holiday pay. Virtual assistants will only bill you for the hours they work.
Virtual assistants have a flexible work schedule, which means that it can be adjusted according to your business needs and requirements. There are also many ways to work with a VA.
- Project basis. You hire the VA at a predetermined rate to work with you solely for the length of the project.
- Hourly. You agree upon a set number of hours per month at an hourly rate. Usually, these hours are broken down into set hours that are to be worked per day on an ongoing basis.
- Retainer. You agree to pay a fixed amount per month for a set number of hours. The hours can be used on an as and when ad-hoc basis. The VA essentially agrees to reserve 'X' number of hours per month that can be used when you need them.
Note that once agreed, these hours are not carried over into the next month if they have not been used.
Flexible work schedules can maximize productivity and control management costs also. You can choose to hire a VA as and when you need the extra help. When hiring an employee, it generally needs to be for a minimum term, usually three months.
#6: Delegation is key.
As an entrepreneur, your main focus needs to be on those core business functions that will drive the business forward. Sometimes it can be hard to delegate tasks, but to be successful you must accept that you cannot do it all. There will always be tasks that you don't enjoy doing or that you have little experience in. Not every task will require your direct attention either and those can be handled by a VA who understands your business.
Remember a good VA will not only reduce your workload but will also strive to help your business grow. They want you to succeed also!
#7: 24/7 Availability.
New age technology and services such as Amazon Prime have meant that people are no longer prepared to wait. When they want something, they want it now! With this in mind, it means that being available to your customers from 9-5 just isn’t enough anymore. It is also impossible for an onsite assistant to be available 24 hours a day! The solution is to hire virtual assistants from different time zones, thus allowing you to offer availability and support 24/7. Not only will this expand your market reach but it can massively impact the growth of your business also.
#8: Increased Productivity.
Often those all-important income-producing activities get put on the back burner due to daily operational tasks that come first. Hiring a VA reduces that workload allowing you to concentrate on the more important aspects of your business.
Here are just a few of the areas where a VA can help:
General Admin Content Writing Project Management Diary Management Inbox Management Online Marketing Transcription Data Entry Market Research SEO Web Development and much more...
VAs are professionals that are skilled in multiple areas. They decrease work-related stress and keep everything organized to ensure the business continues to run smoothly.
Trust amongst employees is crucial within any business. You can build a relationship of trust with your VA in just the same manner as you would for on-site employees. It is important to remember that VAs work on your behalf. They usually have multiple clients and are invested in the growth of each business. They work with integrity and they aim to protect both your interests and the company’s reputation. Furthermore, most VAs will happily sign an NDA where required.
#10: Your customers are your business!
Customer excellence is a crucial part of any business, after all, how you look after your customers will determine the reputation of your business. However, providing effective customer service is a very time-consuming task and not something that a CEO has time to handle alone.
Virtual assistants are on hand to take care of it for you and can provide a wide range of other services such as setting appointments, obtaining quotes, and providing company/product information to potential customers.
VAs are committed to providing the best results and value to their clients. They are aware that it is not only the success of your business that is on the line. Their reputation and the success of their business depends on the quality of service they provide to their clients. For this reason, virtual assistants tend to perform at a higher level than that of an on-site employee.