As your business grows, you’ll likely find that you need help with the workload. Sometimes, though, hiring a full-time or even a part-time employee seems to be unnecessary. Perhaps you only need someone to help during crunch time, or perhaps you only need someone to work five hours per week — not worth the HR paperwork and lengthy hiring process. In those situations, you’d benefit from hiring a virtual assistant.
Virtual Assistants are Available on a Limited-Schedule, Short-Term Basis
Whether you need help with data entry, bookkeeping, scheduling, or any of a wide range of administrative tasks, a virtual assistant works a shift to your specifications. Unlike an office assistant or temp who would need a place to sit, a computer, and regular hours, not to mention benefits, you can hire a virtual assistant to perform these tasks as needed. Plus, virtual assistants are just that — virtual. They can work remotely and not take up precious office space or equipment.
Virtual assistants can also help with creative tasks such as copywriting and design. Typically, these are highly skilled freelancers who have their own equipment and software, thus saving you those costs. Whether you’re working on a big project and need to outsource some creative effort, or just need to get some things off your plate every week, a virtual assistant can be an invaluable resource to you.
Virtual Assistants Make You More Productive
Let’s face it: You’re probably not an email professional or expert writer, and you’ve got other things on your plate. A virtual assistant who is an expert in email, or whatever task you need help with, would likely be more productive than you would be on the task, and they also free up your energy to take care of things that only you can do. Being able to delegate tasks is a key step toward true productivity. Using a virtual assistant is a great way of getting a specialist to take care of routine tasks more efficiently, while you can focus on growing your business rather than making phone calls or copywriting.
Virtual Assistants Save You Money
Not only do virtual assistants help you be more productive, which saves you money, but also they can end up costing less in the long run. While you may pay them a higher hourly rate, the virtual assistant will work only the hours that you need help. You don’t have to find 20-40 hours per week of work for them, and you don’t have to pay benefits or engage in costly hiring processes. And usually, the virtual assistant already has a niche skill set and doesn’t need training.
Remember, when you hire a regular employee, you typically expect them to perform multiple tasks. It might end up saving you money to hire several people to perform those duties rather than training one person to do it all, and your regular employees — and you! — will be more productive if they’re spread less thin.
There is a virtual assistant available for pretty much anything you need help with, and you can hire them on your terms and without extra overhead costs or a frustrating recruiting process. Plus, you can rest assured that your tasks will be handled by a specialist rather than a regular employee who might not have those tasks as their primary responsibilities. Hiring a virtual assistant has many advantages for your business that can support its growth — and your sanity.