Many virtual assistants have spent years working in professional environments in big cities, honing their skills to help clients with the necessary tasks at hand. Moving from an office setting to becoming a virtual assistant means they can get the job done without long commutes or office distractions.
There are a number of tasks you can assign to a virtual assistant which can help you get your job done more effectively. With that in mind, Attic Recruitment explain some of the benefits of hiring a virtual assistant.
Virtual assistants can be hired instead of full-time, in-house assistants in order to help reduce costs. Many virtual assistants will charge by the hour instead of having to be paid a full-time annual salary, so that you only have to pay for the work that has been completed.
Many virtual assistants will also work remotely, so there are no additional overhead costs such as office space, internet usage or equipment. You will also likely be able to save on any training costs, as virtual assistants will already be experts in administration tasks.
A lot of business time can be taken up with tasks such as customer queries, sending emails, scheduling meetings and other similar tasks. These are still important to the running of the business, but they can be low value when compared to other tasks like lead generation.
By hiring a virtual assistant, you can ensure you have the free time to spend on high value tasks that drive the business forward.
Ability to scale up quickly
Virtual assistants can be hired as and when you need them, and can even be hired short-term for a specific project. This can be particularly beneficial when work demands increase and you need extra manpower, but only for a set amount of time. So, if you’re hoping to scale your business up in the coming months, a virtual assistant can help to ease the pressure.
This is helpful if you need support quickly and don’t want to rush your recruitment process.
24/7 customer service
Virtual assistants can work anywhere in the work and still do their job effectively. If your business operates in different markets across the world, hiring the right team of virtual assistants can put you in a better position to deal with customer enquiries.
For instance, if you’re based in London but you have customers in New York, Sydney or Tokyo, the right virtual assistant can work in those time zones and offer support where needed.
When should you hire a virtual assistant?
It might be time to hire a virtual assistant if you have a lot of tasks that aren’t core to the business, or if you have work that only requires a few hours or a couple of days a week. A virtual assistant can handle this with ease, so long as you’re able to communicate the requirements successfully and monitor their productivity.
Stay in touch with your virtual assistant and ensure they have everything they need to support your business.
This article was written by Jessica Larson.