The Benefits of Using a Virtual Assistant

January 13, 2011

This article was written by one of my clients – see what I mean when I rave about working with great people!

Did you know that a good V.A. is one of your very best business assets?

Building a successful business can be a nightmare of headaches, frustration and exhaustion. The more successful you are, the more administrative tasks you have; the more time you spend on administrative tasks, the less time you have to generate new revenue. It’s a vicious, vicious cycle.

So what’s a business owner to do? Hire a V.A. (Virtual Assistant).
What is a virtual assistant?Virtual assistants (VA’s) are professionals who provide office services and support without actually being physically present. They use the Internet, fax and telephone. Since much of their work is done online, they can work locally or globally, eliminating any need for you to search for local qualified help.

In a nutshell, the virtual assistant takes the traditional role of the temp worker and elevates it to the status of entrepreneur. The virtual assistant is self-employed, so they bill only the hours they work or by tasks they complete. They depend on referrals and steady work flow from existing clients. They can be the perfect solution for a growing business.

Virtual Assistants provide many of the same services as onsite employees, without the added costs. Here are some of the tasks you might expect to delegate to a Virtual Assistant:

Accounting and Bookkeeping
Article and Newsletter management
Answering Service
Research and Development
Blog management
Data Entry
Customer Service
Desktop Publishing
Database Management
Mailing List maintenance and updates
Link exchange
Online Advertising
Powerpoint Presentations
Personal Assistance
Travel Arrangements
Word Processing
Website maintenance

How practical is a virtual assistant?

As more and more businesses move their marketing and communications to the Internet, virtual assistants become the obvious solution to staffing problems.

For an hourly fee of $25 to $40, less than the cost of temps or employees, the benefits are overwhelming. By using a virtual assistant, businesses can take advantage of professional assistance and a variety of skills at the click of a mouse.

Benefits of using a V.A.

Here are just a few of the many benefits of hiring a Virtual Assistant over a conventional or temporary employee.

  • Cost of Work Space and Equipment Virtual Assistants work from their own home or office and use their own equipment. You don’t have to pay for office space, equipment, maintenance, or additional utility bills. This is especially beneficial if you don’t have a lot of space of your own.
  • Cost of Taxes and BenefitsSince Virtual Assistants are independent contractors you don’t have to spend time or money dealing with taxes. Another benefit is you don’t have to pay health/life insurance or workers compensation. In addition, you don’t have to pay holidays, vacation time, or sick leave.
  • You are In ChargeThe relationship between you and your VA is based on a contracted agreement and you state the terms. You have the added benefit of paying by the project, by the hour, or on a monthly retainer. Since they bill for work completed, you don’t have to pay for personal phone calls, tardiness, personal issues, or sick leave.   
  • Professional IdeasA Virtual Assistant is an entrepreneur with their own strengths, background, and areas of expertise. They work from home, provide a service just like you do and have their own ways to market and solve problems that you may never have thought of. Having an experienced business person to bounce ideas off of will help you and your business grow.
  • Time to Focus on Your BusinessHiring a Virtual Assistant will free up your valuable time to focus on improving your business. Delegating administrative work such as bookkeeping, writing, research, customer service, and other jobs will allow more time for you to expand your business.
Hiring a Virtual Assistant is not only cost efficient for you and your business, it is also time efficient. Outsource your administrative tasks today and focus on expanding your business and building relationships. 

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Written by Nick Thorne

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