In many cases, business owners have spent years building up their company and its reputation, making carefully considered choices about who joins them on their journey, from suppliers to staff members.
It’s understandable then, that some entrepreneurs raise an eyebrow at the mere thought of bringing in a near-stranger to take on company business or projects. A sparkling CV on a website might appear to tick all the right boxes, but how can you be sure whether a virtual assistant will be a good fit?
Luckily, it’s a choice growing numbers of small, medium and larger firms are making every day – and there are plenty of good reasons why. Let’s take a look at how hiring a VA can benefit your business in five key ways:
Retaining key skills
A growing business generally means more back-office work and admin tasks. While on the one hand it’s great your firm is thriving, but on the other, are you losing out on the skills of key members of staff, because they’re caught up in paperwork?
A virtual assistant can take all the day-to-day activity off your hands, increasing efficiency and freeing up experienced employees to do what they do best. It could also prevent them from seeking pastures new…
Make cost savings
Any business growth will, at some point, lead to thoughts of expansion, and taking on more staff means more overheads. A virtual assistant will not only give you the extra pair of hands you need to accommodate extra work, they don’t come with the financial burdens of traditional employees, such as National Insurance, tax or benefits.
They also have their own equipment, saving you yet another outlay. Add into the mix the fact you won’t need bigger premises and suddenly those savings can be considerable.
Timely support for staff
There may be times of the year where one or more of your teams needs a boost – think tax time and your accounting department. Many VAs come with a wide range of skills, including accounts, and are an ideal short-term, plug-and-play solution to a crunch period.
As well as ensuring your in-house team doesn’t burn out, knowing they have support when and where they need it will be priceless for morale.
A helping hand during tougher times
Every company, no matter how well-run, experiences periods where it feels as though there’s a revolving door at the front of the building. Staff churn alone can be hard enough to manage, but when it coincides with an extended holiday or break, it could lead to overworking and even mistakes.
Having a skilled, experienced VA at your fingertips enables your business to continue to operate while you focus on the recruitment process and keep an eye on production, ensuring you find the right person for the role and disruption is kept to a minimum.
Develop internal staff
One of the most rewarding things about being a VA is the work we do helps give companies time and space to train and upskill their own staff, arguably one of the least-recognised benefits to outsourcing.
Handing over day-to-day admin tasks or part of a long-term project to a virtual assistant not only ensures the work is done to exactly the standard you need, it means the additional training given to your employees will be ploughed straight back into the business, helping it grow and thrive even more, and that’s got to be something to celebrate.
We know the advantages of outsourcing to a virtual assistant because our clients tell us every day. If you want to join them, Virtual Assistant Whiz offers vital admin support on an ad-hoc or regular basis. Contact us at email@example.com and let’s find out what we can do for you.