What is a Virtual Assistant?
A virtual assistant (typically abbreviated to VA), is an Executive PA who is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social media) assistance to clients remotely from their own office. Because virtual assistants are independent contractors rather than employees, clients are not responsible for any employee-related taxes, insurance or benefits, except in the context that those indirect expenses are included in the VA’s fees. Clients also avoid the logistical problem of providing extra office space, equipment or supplies. Clients pay for 100% productive work, and can work with Virtual Assistants, individually, or in multi-VA firms to meet their exact needs.
Virtual Assistants usually work for a number of small businesses at the same time covering a variety of business sectors and are also a great support for busy executives.
Common modes of communication and data delivery include the Internet, e-mail and phone-call conferences, online work spaces, and fax machine. Increasingly Virtual Assistants are utilising technology such as Skype as well as Google Voice.
Professionals in this business work on a contractual basis and a long-lasting cooperation is standard. Typically 5 years of administrative experience in an office is expected at such positions as executive assistant, office manager/supervisor, secretary, legal assistant, paralegal, legal secretary, estate agent assistant, information technology, et cetera.
Virtual Assistants consists of individuals as well as companies who work remotely as an independent professional, providing a wide range of products and services both to businesses as well as consumers. *
The Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant
One of the biggest mistakes small business owners make is spending time ‘in’ their business not ‘on’ their business. They fill their day with endless tasks that should, quite frankly, be delegated.
Ask yourself this question
How much is your time worth to your business?
£50, £100, £200 per hour? Why would you pay yourself to spend your time on tasks that can be completed by a professional used to doing them on a day to day basis and will take less time and cost less than you to do them?
Delegating everyday tasks such as bookkeeping, diary management, phone answering, email management and social media to a Virtual Assistant enables business owners to concentrate on their area of expertise, and work on their business and marketing plans.
Not only that, a VA will ensure that your work/life balance is healthy. Working late into the night or getting up super early to work on daily admin tasks will eventually take its toll.
One of the reasons many business owners become self-employed is to have more control over their own lives. However, many business owners who stopped working for someone else because of the long hours, end up working even LONGER hours.
With no tax, national insurance, sick pay, holiday pay, paternity pay, pension plans or office space or equipment to pay for, a Virtual Assistant is something every small business owner should have. Many Virtual Assistants are multi-skilled so when you find the right one, they can become a true business partner and will help you grow your business.
For more details about working with a Virtual Assistant contact Pat on 01729 840441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org