What is a Virtual Assistant?

//What is a Virtual Assistant?

A Virtual Assistant is someone who assists businesses remotely. Each Virtual Assistant (or VA) will have areas that they specialise in, some VA’s have previously been Personal Assistants and are great at organising directors schedules and minute taking, some have a background in marketing and PR and have amazing social media skills. In my case, I have accountancy and operations experience, so I focus on providing businesses with support with finance, administration and logistics.

Who needs a Virtual Assistant?

If you are a business owner and you need more time or extra support, outsourcing work to a Virtual Assistant could benefit you. I focus on helping owners of start-ups and small businesses that want to grow. 

When would I need a Virtual Assistant?

If you are a business owner you may require a Virtual Assistant’s services if you need:

  • More time to focus on other areas of the business
  • Flexible support to meet a deadline or to get through a busy period. 
  • No jargon, plain English advice for new business start-ups and small businesses.
  • More time for yourself.

What would I outsource?

You can outsource lots of different tasks. If you are a new start-up it could be that you need to outsource tasks that you do not know how to complete yourself, such as bookkeeping. If you are trying to grow your business and you are getting bogged down with the day to day tasks, you may choose to outsource some of your administration or logistics, so that you can focus on other areas of the business.

Why not hire someone instead?

There are a few reasons why it may benefit you to work with a Virtual Assistant, rather than hire someone, such as:

  • You may not have enough work to commit to set hours, or hours may fluctuate which would be difficult to contract an employee to do.
  • You may not be able to find the right candidate and you can hire a VA with more experience. For example, I have years of experience in accountancy and operations which add value to the services I provide. 
  • You don’t need to make space for a new member of staff or pay for equipment as VA’s use their own equipment and work remotely without office distractions.
  • You can also save on costs of employment, such as; Employers National Insurance, Workplace Pension Contributions, annual leave or other absences.

How does it work? 

When a new client contacts me I have an initial call which is free of charge, to find out how I can help.  The support that I then provide is tailored to the business and business owners needs. My support is also flexible, there is no minimum commitment to hours and I could complete work on a regular, ongoing basis, or I could work on a one-off project. 

Where can I find out more information? 

Contact me for a free consultation.

By |2018-11-06T15:02:52+00:00July 9th, 2018|Virtual Assistant|