As a small business owner you are probably used to multi-tasking, and when you first start your business it is all but unavoidable to do everything yourself. Once your business is established, and growing steadily, it does not make sense to keep doing this. You will not only be putting unnecessary strain on yourself, but your business too; and if you find yourself turning down new clients due to lack of time, you have definitely reached the point of having to take action.
Hiring a full-time employee is not feasible for many small businesses, with the cost in salary, benefits and additional administrative functions not justified by the amount of work actually involved. This is why hiring a virtual assistant makes perfect business sense, not only from a cost perspective, but also in terms of overall benefit.
A virtual assistant is neither a full-time nor part-time employee; instead they are contracted in on an hourly basis, as needed. VAs work remotely, from their own office, so there are no hidden overheads involved for office space, computers, sick pay, vacation pay and other related sundries. Additionally, VAs are highly skilled professionals, so you can rely on them to always deliver work according to your exact expectations, on time, and at a known cost.
Before hiring a virtual assistant you would need to decide what tasks you would want to delegate to them, allowing you to find one who meets all your requirements. Some VAs specialize in a specific field, while others offer a broad range of services that address almost every aspect of any organization. Your VA can take care of complex spreadsheets, create your presentations, edit and format documents, reports and manuals, and even manage your appointments and schedule. You will find VAs who focus on marketing and are able to create graphics, take care of customer relationship management (CRM), compile and distribute your newsletter, and manage all aspects of your business website.
If you know exactly what you would want your virtual assistant to do, you will find a candidate able to deliver. Don’t you think it is time for you to consider a virtual assistant?
About Out of the Office Virtual Assistance:
At Out of the Office, we offer ideas and ways to increase your productivity, decrease your workload, and work more efficiently. We nurture a successful business relationship, while continuing to grow as your business partner. We are focused on streamlining your administration, social media planning and execution, and offering creative solutions for your business success.
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