Can a virtual assistant help your business?
When you run a small business you likely want to spend as much time as possible on the tasks that make money for your business. Unfortunately, there are many day-to-day chores that require your time but aren’t necessarily worth your energy. Faced with those errands, many small business owners either spend their valuable time and energy on chores they hate or put them off until the last minute.
That’s where virtual assistants come in. A virtual assistant can handle those pesky responsibilities that take you away from doing the things you love and drain you of your energy.
What is a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant deals with your administrative tasks, but does so remotely so they don’t have to be in your office. Virtual assistants can answer emails, conduct data entry, maintain your website, order supplies, do weekly bookkeeping, plan meetings, make travel plans, and handle your social media, among other activities.
Most virtual assistants are freelance workers, so you can specify the services they provide you and specify how many hours they spend working for you per week. You also won’t be required to offer the benefits an employee would receive. Because they work remotely, you won’t lose valuable office space to your virtual assistant, either.
The virtual assistant industry has become more niched, so people who offer such services are often experts in certain areas, such as content creation, customer service, or social media. Some have experience in business administration and are highly experienced in managing the duties you need taken care of.
Why you need a virtual assistant
Virtual assistants bridge the gap between you and administrative assistants. You might be too busy to take on some of those daily tasks that need to be done, but not yet in a position to hire a full-time administrative worker. Maybe you don’t have enough tasks to justify a full-time position or don’t have the cash flow to pay for a full-time employee.
A virtual assistant will work on the tasks you assign and spend only the time you need on those duties. It’s the middle ground between you doing everything and hiring someone full-time.
Not having to deal with those daily chores frees up your time and energy to focus on the tasks that you love doing, or that are vital to generating revenue for your business.
Let’s be honest, there is almost always something related to your small business that requires your immediate time and attention. Being able to delegate some of those things to someone else saves you stress and hassle.
Also, having a virtual assistant may take you a step closer to the four day work week that you are aiming for.
Keep in mind
Before you hire a virtual assistant, be clear on your budget and what tasks you want them to take on. It’s fine to revise the tasks once you get a better feel for the assistant and their abilities, but it’s good to have an idea of what you need and can afford before you get started. It’s also vital to know how much you can afford to spend and where the assistant’s help will be most useful.
When you dreamed of running your own small business, you probably didn’t dream about all the time you would spend in mundane tasks like answering emails or updating your social media. Virtual assistants provide an important service that can free up your time and energy, leaving you to do the things you dreamed about doing.