Increase productivity with the help of a Virtual Assistant22 January 2021
The events of 2020 and 2021 have shown just how adaptable the workplace needs to be. While traditionally small businesses have an office and employ someone to manage their admin, deliveries, customer service and general office support, this wasn’t so feasible for some companies in the last 18 months. Businesses might not have surplus office space or funds to cover the outlay for permanent admin support, despite the business needs. This is where a Virtual Assistant (VA) might be just what is needed.
If you’ve looked into hiring a member of staff, there is more than just the cost of a salary attached. Recruitment agencies charge fees to support hiring before you even have the new team member. There there is the wages to be paid. You will need to kit out an office space with furniture and technology, next there’s the HR side of things: contract of employment, health and safety, pension, payslips, holiday pay, not to mention the facilities required for a member of staff.
Before investing in recruiting a staff member you need to consider:
- Are you up to date on your email inbox?
- Are you up to date on your expenses?
- Are you in control of your cashflow?
- Do you need to chase those missing payments?
- Have you forgotten about any appointments or follow ups lately?
- Do you know where you should be on what days?
- Are you missing any potential new client calls because you are on another job?
- Are you keeping up to date with customer quotes and invoices?
- Are you missing family time trying to catch up on your business?
- Are you getting in late or staying up late to keep up with paperwork?
- When did you last update your website?
- How up to date is your social media feed?
An alternative to a real team member is a virtual one.
A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a business owner themselves, they know what it takes to run a business, what it means to support your business behind the scenes and how important it is to you.
A VA has their own office, equipment, insurance, software licenses, and all the rest. The only cost is the rate you both agree is appropriate for the work they support you on and carry out for you. No hidden costs, just monthly retainers so you know where you are and what you are paying.
Keeping in contact has evolved in the recent months as well, meaning you can be confident in your VA with regular zoom calls, telephone calls, email and sometimes a shared inbox, this would be enough to keep the communication channels open.
The ultimate benefit of hiring a Virtual Assistant is that they take on tasks that distract you from doing what you do best, or they can handle tasks in your absence, increasing your personal productivity and your business productivity.
Imagine the feeling that your work is still getting done while you are working on projects or working on growing your business.
Isn’t it time you considered hiring a Virtual Assistant for your small business?