Hiring a virtual assistant

As the new green shoots of business are starting to grow and with businesses trying to get back to normal, many entrepreneurs are about to be faced with the reality of rising employment costs. 

This is a very real worry for those business owners who are teetering on the edge of trying to grow their enterprise. One thing the pandemic has taught us, is that business can function remotely, secretaries do not have to be chained to a desk in an office and marketing assistants can function from afar, maybe now is the time to consider hiring a VA (virtual assistant).

Who are virtual assistants? 

Traditionally, virtual assistants were individuals who specialised in completing specific tasks.  Now the virtual assistant industry has grown, with more and more VAs offering a whole range of services such as:

  • Customer support
  • Administration tasks
  • Marketing
  • Social media management
  • Data management
  • Accounting and bookkeeping

So why hire a virtual assistant?

Good question! Online personal assistants offer a more flexible alternative to employing full time assistants.They support businesses by only charging for productive time, which makes hiring them a cost-effective solution to your business. Virtual assistants:

But I am too busy to hire a virtual assistant!

Whether you are busy or reluctant to let go of your work, your business will only be limited to what you can physically do unless you take on staff or get others involved.

OK but how do I do this?

After making the decision you really do need help in growing your business, the next step is to plan.  Ask yourself some questions “What tasks do I really need help with?”  If you are unsure what tasks you can easily delegate, or are nervous about the whole process, then start with simple ones, such as managing your social media or updating your database and as your relationship with your virtual assistant grows, you can task more and more work.  Invest some time in outsource preparation, writing some brief instructions for a handover.  

How do I find a VA?

Once you have decided that a VA is for you, you could ask friends or connections for any recommendations or you could contact The Society of Virtual Assistants,(http://wwwsocietyofvirtualassistants.co.uk), who have over 3,500 members in the UK and set very high standards for their members to work to.

… or you could start with us

Omnia Virtual Business Services have a wide range of skills and a flexible approach.  Whether you have short term needs, ad-hoc tasks, or a long-term project, we will support you every step of the way.  

Call us now on 01946 848588 or visit our website http://www.omniavirtualpa.com where you can book in for a free consultation, where we can discuss your requirements!