|Posted by Tara Grice on April 6, 2017 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
I have had a number of potential clients ask me this question, "What is a Virtual Assistant and why should I use one?" The answer to this is not simple depending on the field of work that your business is in and how much expertise you want your assistant to have in your field.
Personally, I focus on helping Small Businesses and Real Estate Professionals (Agents and Brokers) grow through social media and networking as well as performing the day to day administrative tasks that keep them from working with their clients. This is where my personal expertise is and what I truly enjoy doing.
Now, back to what a virtual assistant is. A virtual assistant is a person or group of people who perform a number of different tasks remotely. Most virtual assistants work from a home office, conduct their business strictly online and are independent contractors. Virtual Assistant use tools such as Skype, DocuSign, Instant Messenger, Trello, wordpress, logmein and Emails to communicate and work with their clients.
Virtual Assistants can be delegated tasks such as bookkeeping, scheduling, social marketing, responding and managing emails, client databases, presentations, calendars, marketing, brand updating and design, website design, and many more tasks.
Simply put a Virtual Assistant is your office assistant who happens to work remotely. The Wikipedia definition of a Virtual Assistant is, "a virtual assistant (typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant) is generally self-employed and provides administrative, technical, professional or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.
On to the question of why you should consider using a Virtual Assistant. Here are the major benefits of using a VA rather than an employee:
- Virtual assistants reduce your labor costs! Virtual assistants are independent contractors which means you don't need to worry about payroll taxes, vacation pay, sick days, worker's compensation and employee benefits such as health and dental insurance and there are no OSHA regulations to follow.
- Virtual assistants work around your schedule to provide you service whenever you need it. With a virtual assistant you only pay for time spent on YOUR project AND work can be done outside normal business hours.
- Virtual assistants take on those every day essential tasks you don't have time for because you're too busy growing your business and wearing all the others hats you have to wear.
- There's no need for an actual office since they work out of a home office.
- There are no agency fees as with temporary employees or money spent of employee training.
- You won't pay any overtime and yet you'll still keep your projects on schedule.
- A virtual assistant may have skills that you don't.
- A virtual assistant cares about their business - it's how they make a living - they want you to call and tell others about their services. This translates to superior service.