09 Jan You can do anything but not everything!
Need some help? Are you a small business who needs a bit of extra support? Do you remember when you started your business and what it meant to you, what your dream was? Remember when you had the time to focus on your goals and creativity but now you are so over busy juggling all the day-to-day balls that some days you can’t even remember what your core business does anymore?
You need some help but you don’t really want an employee. You’ve heard about Virtual Assistants but you’re not really sure what they are, how you would use one or what they can do?
The “what exactly is the benefit of a VA” question is something I am asked regularly, so I thought it might be useful to summarise just a few of the benefits of having a Virtual Assistant.
You don’t need to hire full time employees
Traditionally when you run a business and need some help, you hire an employee. When you hire an employee, the costs don’t end at their salary – you also need to factor in office equipment, holiday, sick pay, a space for them to work, and pensions. A VA works mostly from their own location provides their own hardware & software and covers their own holidays and pension!
When you buy a Virtual Assistant service package you pay for a set amount of hours per month, encompassing the range of services offered in the package. And it couldn’t be more flexible!
Hiring a virtual assistant can help you regain that creativity, freedom and focus, with minimal initial outlay. We look to work with clients for a minimum of 6 months, providing sufficient time to dip your toes in the water and see some end results!
You won’t need to train up new staff for your business
I don’t offer services which I, or my partner VA’s can’t deliver. With a VA, you just need to know the end goal you are seeking and the service package tailored to meet your needs, it will be delivered.
If there is something I cannot deliver immediately, I will offer to train myself to ensure I can, or work with my network of professional partner VAs to provide service to an equivalent standard.
You won’t keep feeling overwhelmed with your workload
When you know you need some help, it can be quite stressful to do tasks, which although need to be done, you do not enjoy and suddenly you’re juggling everything and your stress levels are through the roof.
Balancing everything in your business from marketing & sales, all the accounts to taking calls to organizing all your travel and oh, that exhibition you’d really like to organize for next year which you just don’t want to put on the back burner yet again, takes it toll.
You know you could be more productive and focused on business growth and all the creative ideas you have, if only you could focus on what you want to do. Maybe it’s time for some help?
You won’t need to know your Hootsuite from your Evernote
You’re good at delivering your core business but you wouldn’t know your Twitter from your Facebook, or your Excel macros from your PowerPoint transitions, and you just don’t have time to get your business successfully active on social media or have a clue how to get your website serving your business and customers better.
VA’s practically run their business from their computer! We generally keep up to date with new developments and are constantly learning new packages simply through working with different clients, and can probably do a task in two minutes that might take you all day to work out. And VAs can give you amazing advice and help with internet marketing as it’s a core part of most client requirements.
You will have first-class business support working alongside you at all times
A good virtual assistant is already managing a successful business so they know some of the issues you might come across, day-to-day problems you might need solutions for. A good VA will work alongside you, taking on knowledge of the ins and outs of your business to enable you to have ‘virtually you’ support every step of the way; answering the phone, taking on your creative social marketing, sorting those emails, putting in place constructive scheduling, organising logistics, SEO, practicalities – and more!
Not only do virtual assistants know how to run a successful business, but a good VA also has an extensive network of experts in different fields, so can always find a solution to anything you need done. I spend a lot of time working closely with unique partners who can offer services or solutions to areas that are outside of my expertise, simply as I know it provides my clients with the best solution possible.
And lastly, I am self-employed, just like you – my reputation and business depends on providing effective and efficient solutions to enable you to focus on growth and goals.
Alison is the owner and Director of Serenity VA and provides Virtual Assistant services to clients across the globe. For more information see www.serenityva.co.uk Or give us a call! We are always happy to discuss how we can help you grow your business!