Have you considered hiring a Virtual Assistant?
There is often a misunderstanding that Virtual Assistants or VAs only work with sole traders, entrepreneurs, and consultants. However a VA can provide so many benefits for a business of any size, and at any stage of growth.
In recent years there are so many more businesses making the most of this flexible and highly experienced resource. A Virtual Assistant enables a business to acquire additional support when they need it, without the overheads and costs of employing directly.
Whatever the size of your business or sector, hiring a Virtual Assistant is beneficial, especially if you experience peaks and troughs in your workflows, have project-based work or perhaps you only need support with a few tasks a week or month.
One thing to remember is that no matter the size of your business, you will always have administra-tion and business support needs.
It’s a good Business Decision!
As a business owner you might be spending excessive amounts of time on admin tasks, instead of revenue generating work, which could be leading to losing out on opportunities or income. Whereas if you delegate these day to day activities to someone else you will find you have more time to focus on the business, this reduces your time being lost on admin and back office tasks, but also helps to create more work life balance.
Working with a Virtual Assistant is also an ideal way for a smaller business to grow. VA’s vary in background, knowledge and skill set allowing you to make the most of VAs with different specialisms. You can utilise this pool of resource knowing you have the option to bring the support you need when business demands, which helps to manage your business overheads.
www.smallbusiness.co.uk explain very well that there are several reasons why hiring a VA is a better option than hiring a full-time member of staff.
“VAs are remote freelancers that bring some clear benefits to businesses:
Flexible investment: VAs can work flexible hours on a per-need basis, instead of engaging in a full-time commitment. That means you can scale up when busy and pull back when not.
Increased task expertise: If you have a breadth of different activities you need help with, you can hire several Virtual Assistants for each of them. In other words, you’ll enjoy the benefits of specialisation.
Huge array of skills: Across the UK there is a huge array of VA’s all with varying skills and specialsims, meaning you can tap into a highly diverse and knowledgeable resource at your finger tips .”
In 2020 during the COVID lockdown there has been a rise in popularity in hiring Virtual Asistants in the UK, often due to the flexible benefits such as hiring only for what you need and no permanent overheads. If you are interested in hiring a VA there is a really useful online directory in the UK which can help you find a VA, either in your area or by skill set: https://virtualassistantnearme.co.uk
But how can my business really use a VA?
Self Employed/Micro Business
As a sole trader, you are likely to wear various hats to sustain a successful business. It can mean that running your business can take over everything and maintaining a work-life balance is often tricky. However, managing your workload, stress and taking time for yourself is crucial to avoid burn out and ultimately ensuring the success of your business.
Working too hard, or in isolation and with poor time management can all contribute to the struggles with juggling all the needs of running a business. This is where it is tremendously beneficial to work with a Virtual Assistant. They can help remove some of those burdens. You can delegate those day to day tasks that are draining your time and that are taking you away from your clients or growing your business.
The benefits of working with a Virtual Assistant in a small business is that the person can become long term support for you, your team and business. They are also often experienced enough that you can rely on them and use them as a second pair of eyes and ears always thinking and suggesting the best for your business and team but most importantly a VA can be available as often or as occasionally as required, saving you time and resources and allowing your team/staff to focus on what they do best and take away the admin churn.
Large businesses often require the assistance of temporary staff to cover peaks and troughs of workloads, holidays, sick leave, or to manage one-off projects. VA’s provide a cost-effective alternative to traditional ‘temps,’ providing flexible services alongside a wealth of experience and business insight.
Within larger businesses, there may also have needs for Virtual Assistants for senior members of the company. They may require ad-hoc or small but regular amounts of PA services such as diary management, email filtering, typing, and document formatting. Working with a Virtual Assistant removes the hassle of recruitment agencies, and their fees and affords a person or business to only hire provision when there are specific work requirements. This could be fewer hours of work, than what is perceived as appropriate for employing a direct member of staff.
This is applicable for any size of business. Which is a great benefit for ALL businesses. You only need to pay for what you need, in regards to number of hours or days. Thre is no need to worry that it might be too low for a directly employed part time person.There is rarely a minimum number of hours you can employ a VA for. You pay for what you need and what your budget allows for.
For charities and social enterprises working with a Virtual Assistant is so beneficial because it allows them to bring in specific help and support for certain tasks. They know exactly what they are getting and this allows them to monitor spending.
A Virtual Assistant is a dependable, reliable, experienced and professional support at your fingertips to help you maintain a successful business and achieve a healthier work-life balance.
Here is a brilliant list of reasons why it is beneficial for your business to work with a VA:
- Flexible to your business needs – You can define exactly how much work you need, with no minimum commitment and ability to increase or decrease based on your business needs.
- They are genuinely interested in the success of your business and want to support you and your businesses success/growth.
- They understand the importance of client confidentiality and will treat your business as their own.
- They will comply with GDPR at all times and ensure all work undertaken on your behalf is compliant and can help you esure you are doing things correctly.
- You can build an ongoing working relationship that allows you to use the same highly skilled, professional every time you outsource/delegate work.
- You can free up your time to achieve a better work life balance, while leaving the admin to someone else.
- Every task will be completed to a high standard.
- There are no recruitment or agency fees.
- You can find VA’s who specialise in different areas of business such as website development, bookkeeping, digital marketing as well as the experienced business support VAs.
- Gives you more time to focus on your business.
- They will work closely with you to support your business needs.
- A VA will deliver a high standard of work, regardless of whether the tasks are regular or adhoc.
- No one will ever know it wasn’t completed in-house.
- A VAs background is very varied and therefore will bring a breadth of knowledge and skills to provide a full business support service.
- You’ll have time to spend on tasks and projects where you can add the most value.
- 16. Doing what you most love, without the distraction of admin.
- No HR overheads such as recruitment fees, national insurance or employee benefits.
- You don’t need to invest in equipment or office/desk space.
- Hiring a Virtual PA will enable you to multi-task and be productive in and outside your office, because they are able to support you with the same level of professionalism regardless.
If you want to find out more about how a VA can support you please feel to contact: Oasis Business Support (www.oasis-support.co.uk)