Being in business, whether you’re just starting out or are an old hand, means having to wear – and juggle – several hats. For some entrepreneurs, that’s part of the thrill, switching from sales to HR without missing a beat. For others, it’s wearisome and takes them away from why they are in business in the first place.

Of course you can spread the workload by hiring more employees, but it’s not always feasible and, in some cases, affordable. Luckily there is another way: hiring a virtual assistant.

Better known as a VA, they’re a one-stop-shop for a wide range of skills and can be called on as and when you need them to do, well, almost anything. Let’s take a closer look at what a VA is and what it can do for your business (and we can tell you a little more about how we help our clients too).

What’s in a name?

First things first, you may have heard the term VA bandied about, but may not know exactly what it means. A virtual assistant offers a range of services, including – but not limited to – executive assistance, personal assistance, business administration, creative and technical support for your business.

Whether you need a traditional PA assistance, website overhaul, content creation, social media management, diary management or paperwork reducing – a VA can take care of it all.

Freelance = flexible

VAs are independent contractors who work remotely and most offer a range of services options, depending on a client’s needs. Regular tasks could require a monthly contract, while one-off projects or smaller tasks will be taken up on an as-needed basis.

The work is targeted at offering personalised support, so you don’t pay for what you don’t need. Makes a nice change, right?

The good stuff:

If the thought of hiring a VA is tempting, wait until you get a load of the benefits. The main focus of a VA is to make their clients’ lives easier, whether it’s by sorting out a mountain of emails or organising a kick-ass social media campaign.

They will deploy their skills in fields where perhaps you’re not as adept, or you don’t have enough time to dedicate, and make your business shine on your behalf.

Less money…

A VA will always save you money. As self-employed contractors, there are no technology, health care, holiday or sick day costs for you to worry about, and you only pay for the work a VA does (as opposed to the tea breaks and phone-checking salaried staff get up to).

More time…

A VA will also save you time, and that comes with two huge benefits. First, it can restore your work/life balance. Very few business owners launch their companies with a plan to work 24/7. The majority of them want to earn enough to enjoy the fruits of their labours.

Second, a VA can free up time for you to focus either on the core aspects of your business or allow you to focus on the parts you truly love, which can only benefit your enterprise.

Dip into the talent pool

VAs come with such a wide range of skills it can sometimes feel as if you’re getting four employees in one. It’s worth holding a discovery call with VA Whiz so we can take the time to find someone who can bring the biggest possible benefit to your business – check out our services here.

When you find your perfect VA, they can bring their particular expertise to an area of your business you’ve always struggled with, giving you company a boost and something to really shout about in your marketing. It’s something we do for our clients day in, day out. Read some of our testimonials here.

So, whether you want expert support or to be able to spend more time with the family, Virtual Assistant Whiz offers vital admin support on an ad-hoc or regular basis. Contact us at info@virtualassistantwhiz.co.uk to get started.

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