A Virtual Assistant (VA) is an independent, self-employed professional offering remote administrative, technical and other specialized support to businesses on an hourly, project-specific or ongoing basis. Though VA services have become popular over the years, some business owners still have apprehensions regarding the effectiveness of a virtual office assistant.
But if you are a business owner seeking to expand your business, choosing to hire a virtual assistant over a conventional or temporary employee will work out to be a better deal in the long run. Here are the reasons why:
A VA is accountable to you
All VA appointments are based on a contracted agreement with the terms clearly stated in advance. This lets you be in charge and choose which tasks to delegate to the VA and which tasks to keep in-house. Besides, since a VA bills only for work completed you are assured of getting your work done. Making use of a virtual assistant also puts all financial decisions in your hands since you choose to pay bythe project, by the hour, or on a monthly basis.
A VA reduces your workload
A VA is trained to handle a number of responsibilities, including appointment scheduling, travel management, email management, maintaining of your diary and much more. By taking care of all your important tasks, a VA frees up your valuable time allowing you to focus on improving your business.
A VA helps you save on overheads and costs
Virtual assistants are more beneficial than onsite employees since they provide many of the same services without the added costs. Since a VA works from a remote location and use their own equipment, you don’t have to pay for office space, equipment, maintenance, or any other additional utility bills. This works as an added benefit when you don’t have much space of your own.
A VA is a much cheaper option
Since VA services are available on a per hour rate, hiring a VA service provider will work out to be a much cheaper option than a full-time or part-time employee. Also, as virtual assistants are independent contractors, you are not entitled to pay for health/life insurance and other employee benefits.
A VA can provide specialized services
Most virtual assistant services provide VAs catering to different areas of expertise. You can delegate tasks such as data entry, event planning, call answering, Internet research, business card scanning, correspondence management, DTP services, presentation/spreadsheets creation and travel/airline hotel reservations. Some virtual assistant service providers also offer services like blog promotion, copy writing, bookkeeping, research, customer service, etc.
With the popularity of virtual assistant services growing rapidly, small companies and entrepreneurs need not have any hesitation about hiring a Virtual Assistant. Contact Flatworld Solutions to find out how a VA can help you.