Virtual Assistants: The Future of Back Office Personnel
In this present state of economy, many firms have had to make the hard choice of laying off key employees in order to keep costs in line with their profit margins – leading to not enough hours in the day and more work to do than time to do it.
But hand-in-hand, the rise of the internet and cutbacks in public admin, education, finance, insurance and health, has now paved a hot new trend in business – virtual assistants.
For those of you who are not clear, a virtual assistant, typically abbreviated to VA, is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical or creative assistance to clients from a home office.
Because virtual assistants are independent contractors, rather than employees, there are a lot of advantages a business can get from hiring one.
Here are the top 5 reasons you need to hire a virtual assistant now.
Time management: As a business owner, you know that if you want to finish all your tasks by the end of the day, you need to manage your time effectively. This, however, is easier said than done. A virtual assistant can efficiently and effectively accomplish your time-consuming and repetitive tasks with minimum supervision – leaving you free to focus on the more important aspects of your role.
A host of skills: Virtual assistants work with clients from an array of businesses, and as such, they boast significant knowledge about many different fields. This means they will easily adapt to the demands of any tasks given to them.
Save money: Hiring a virtual assistant means you don’t need to pay taxes or create a benefits package since they are independent contractors and solely responsible for this.
Own office supplies & equipment: Another cost-saving benefit of hiring a virtual assistant is they have their own equipment, and therefore, you don’t have to pay for office supplies.
And last but not least, commitment to quality of work: Virtual assistants receive their income by being productive and delivering real value to their clients. Virtual assistants understand that their revenue is totally dependent on the positive execution of their tasks unlike full-time employees who get paid a salary sometimes times regardless of their effort.
Has a virtual assistant benefited your business? Do you think this evolving role of the office administrator is the future? Share your thoughts with us.