A virtual assistant is an independent contractor who provides administrative services to clients while operating outside of the client’s office. A virtual assistant typically operates from a home office but can access the necessary planning documents, such as shared calendars, remotely.
if you hire another full-time employee, you’ll not only have to pay his salary but also:
In a standard 8-hour workday, the average office worker does a little less than 3 hours of actual “productive” work.
Why pay one more employee to surf the internet and chat at the coffee station?
Virtual assistants work differently. Without the distractions of an office environment, they’re able to focus and dedicate their time to getting tasks done.
With a VA, you’re not saddled to a 9-5 workday. They work around your schedule and are there when you need them.
If you’re in different time zones, that can work to your advantage, too. Rather than assigning eight-hour shifts, you can develop a schedule that maximizes output while keeping costs in check.
And, in the unlikely event that you’re dissatisfied with your VA, you can simply end the contract and hire a different assistant.
It’s not always that simple with a full-time employee!
How much time do you spend every day on “busy” work like checking emails, answering phone calls, or managing your website?
How much more productive could you be if someone was there to handle all those nonessential tasks for you? Then you’d be able to dedicate more time to growing and marketing your business.
You’ll also save the time and hassle of constantly re-training your employees. Rather than educating them on every new technology that comes along, why not hire a professional VA who already has all those skills?
Maybe you’re at a point with your business when you’re not entirely sure what’s going to happen next.
The numbers are pointing towards growth, but you don’t know when or how quickly that will happen.
This is another situation where a virtual office assistant could be the perfect solution.
Rather than taking on new employees, hiring a VA would help you manage your work volume without breaking your budget. If business picks up and you need more help, simply hire another VA to see you through the transition.