So, you’re running a business and at first it’s going well. Everything seems to be steady, you get a client or two and you have the time and energy to manage the client tasks as well as all the administration work.
But suddenly, you get flooded with calls, enquires, clients knocking on your door and craving your service to improve their businesses. You start to panic. You know you need help, but how do you get help without the hassle of going through recruitment agencies, job advertising, and then the elongated process of interviews to find the right person to fill the role as your office assistant?
After wasting that much time, you find someone. But after a short period, they call and say they can’t make it into the office today because of whatever reason. They don’t work on weekends. They are only there between the hours of 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday. You have an urgent task that has dropped on your desk on Friday at 5:30pm and must be completed before Monday 9:00am and your assistant is nowhere in sight during that period. What do you do? Worse off, you’re paying this assistant far too much including medical and dental benefits, as well as annual leave and sick pay. There has to be an alternative to this mess!
Enter the virtual assistant! This is not a computer program or some kind of miracle software! It’s a real human being with the same (and even more) capabilities than the average office assistant. You’re wondering, how on earth will this solve your problem? Well let’s look at this from a positive perspective and narrow it down as to why hiring a virtual assistant will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.
We'll be there for you! (Literally)
Okay, so I snitched a bit of the melody from ‘’Friends’’ but that song really does nail the spot! A virtual assistant is based anywhere in the world. They can work from their home, in a hotel room, at the beach and yes, even at a football game! As long as they have an internet connection, they can even work in the centre of the Amazon jungle. In today’s world, communication has never been easier and things like faxing and telephoning can actually done by a click of a button! So if you need something urgently done, whether its 10pm on a Friday night or 6am on a Sunday morning, your virtual assistant is accessible.
It really is much cheaper to hire one!
The average wage of an experienced office assistant these days is about $20-$25 an hour. On top of that you have to pay benefits (medical, dental, sick leave, annual pay, insurance, taxes etc.) So in reality, you are actually paying about $40-$50 an hour and you are not compensated fully for what you are investing in! With a virtual assistant, all you pay is for the work they do! You don’t have to worry about giving them any benefits! Think of the extra cash you will save and add to your business profit basket!
Quality is a virtual assistant’s middle name!
When you hire an employee, that’s all you get… an employee. An employee is someone who only comes to work 9-5. They have no desire to input or improve your business. They only have one or very few sets of skills. They are just there to do a job and get a pay check. A virtual assistant is the opposite. They thrive to improve and empower your business. They are business owners themselves, so part of their role is to improve their skills, (which they do by daily updating themselves with latest trends of the businesses), expand their expertise and inject more life to your business by providing you free ideas, helping you to execute those ideas of yours and bringing them to life. They are also consultants and researchers who go above and beyond the duty of an employee. They become invested in your business, so your success is tied to their success so they will do whatever it takes to keep you and your business on your toes!
Since 2014, the Virtual Assistant Industry has boomed and several studies have shown and indicated that businesses which hire virtual assistants are more likely to produce a higher return on investment and last a lot longer than the traditional personal assistant.
Most successful Entrepreneurs will always tell you their stories of how they became successful, but they never really give you a broad picture of how that success came along. Yes indeed, behind several successful entrepreneurs and business owners, is always a great and reliable virtual assistant.
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