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5 Ways You Didn’t Know a Virtual Assistant Could Help Your Business


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Virtual assistants aren’t just for routine administrative tasks. While people do most commonly use virtual assistants (VAs) for tasks like filtering emails, bookkeeping, and other admin tasks, they can do so much more. The VA industry has developed incredibly in the last decade. Businesses can now reap the benefits.

Virtual assistants are now essentially remote employees. They can do nearly any task you need. Many startups employ more than one virtual assistant, since they can be more cost effective than full-time employees. And they can get just as much done.

Wondering how a VA can help your business? Here are five ways that you might not have thought of yet.

5 reasons why business owners should consider hiring virtual assistants

1. Staffing a full-time position

Hiring can be the most difficult, and more important, process for any entrepreneur. This is a problem that companies around the world face. It’s hard to find the right people for a specific job. Make the wrong decision, and you can set your business back by months or even years.

Hiring a virtual assistant can help you dip your toes into the water before making a full-blown hire. You can see how the VA works, and what traits the position requires and which make it more difficult. That way when you get to the full-time hiring process you’ll know what to look for in a candidate.

Or, you never know: you might just end up using the VA on a full-time basis.

2. Handling social media and marketing

Do you have the budget for a full marketing department? If you’re like most startups, the answer is a resounding NO. Startups are lucky to have the budget for one dedicated marketing employee, never mind a whole staff. As CEOs quickly learn, one person can’t handle the entire marketing burden for a growing company.

It’s easy to make mistakes on social media. Having one person handle not just social media, but also content marketing, outreach, and other marketing tasks can lead to a lack of focus. A virtual assistant can take some of that burden. That way the dedicated employee can focus.

ALSO READ: Social Media Marketing Cheat sheet finally revealed for Business owners! Discover how to  get the MOST OUT of your Branding effort

3. Buying you a vacation

You pride yourself on working long hours. Every day you’re on your grind, working from before the sun rises until well after the sun sets. It’s how you get things done. There’s just one problem.

You’re headed for burnout.

Founders burn out all the time. It’s incredibly easy, even when you’re doing something you love. Stepping back and taking some time away becomes essential. You might not think you can, but if you set up some automation and combine it with a virtual assistant, you can get away for two weeks and come back refreshed.

4. Web and graphic design

Web design firms aren’t going anywhere. More and more startups incorporate every year, and they all have need for websites. Yet roughly none of them can afford a full-time web designer. Web design is more of a one-time project than a continuing process, so companies pay good money to firms that can create them a standout website.

Problem is, web design trends change. What looked sleek and new yesterday looks outdated in a few years. Do you really have to hire that firm again? Redesigning every few years can get incredibly expensive.

One advantage of hiring an assistant from a business-class virtual assistant agency is the diversity of staff. You’ll have your dedicated assistant, but you’ll also have other support staff at your disposal. Sandra Lewis, CEO of Worldwide101, a business-class virtual agency, discussed how virtual assistants can help with web design.

Maybe you can’t afford a full-time designer. But if you hire a virtual assistant from an agency, you can get access to a designer who can not only update your site, but ensure that your design stays up to date.

ALSO READ: 10 Pointers why your Company should undertake a Web Design Project to Stay Ahead in the game

5. Taking customer service calls and email

Startups that lag on customer service are doomed to fail. There are more new companies than ever, and we’ve learned that a huge point of difference is the customer service experience. Take care of your customers and they will take care of you.

So how can you afford to hire customer service employees?

You can start with a staff of virtual assistants. With flexible hours, they can handle customer service calls and emails at any time. You can even get them up and running on social media customer service. Again, you can use the virtual assistants as test subjects, or you can keep them on to run your customer service department. The flexibility and cost involved could be a winning combination for your startup.

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9 comments
  1. jack

    August 28, 2014 at 9:06 am

    The virtual assistants are of course the vital and essential source of business in a firm.They would spare the work of the other and sometimes they may lead their strategy in a very effective way.Excellent share on virtual assistants.

    jack
    svasamsoft

    Reply
  2. jack

    August 28, 2014 at 9:07 am

    The virtual assistants are of course the vital and essential source of business in a firm.They would spare the work of the other and sometimes they may lead their strategy in a very effective way.Excellent share on virtual assistants.

    jack
    svasamsoft

    Reply
  3. austen selby

    August 28, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Get to know virtual assistant could assist business people deliberately inch by inch.Thanks for the post.keep posting…

    Reply
  4. Manik

    September 20, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Hi Joe,
    Thanks for the nice post with some great points. Virtual assistant is really important for small or large business to get more benefits.

    Reply
  5. Alina

    October 9, 2014 at 11:49 am

    OK agree that visual assistant is very important for both small and large business, but does it take more time to handle the customer or less, please let me know.

    Reply
    • Olawale Daniel

      December 5, 2014 at 4:44 am

      It takes lesser time because it has been designed to take pain and stress away from the main man or woman in the business by allowing them to focus on developing their product and services. VAs are people like us but they work remotely to make the business growth; all you need do is to pass instruction and guidelines for working and it will be done.

      Thanks for staying glued to TechAtLast Alina. 😀

      – Dan

      Reply
  6. Edsel Mendoza

    October 30, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Hi Joe,

    Saw your post about how VAs can help your business.

    Totally agree with how important it is for entrepreneurs to take a step back from their business every once in a while to avoid burnout. Not only does working with a VA afford employers this, but they also free up a lot of their time away from the daily grind of sorting out emails or tracking logistics.

    Read one blog post about how the term “virtual assistant” is rather vague and inaccurate though. Do you think the term should change?

    Regards,

    Edsel Mendoza

    Reply
  7. Erick Brunet

    March 16, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Agree with Edsel Mendoza, but anyway it’s good post. thank you

    Reply
  8. Varun Arora

    March 24, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Great post Joe Pawlikowski,
    yeah its true that every business owner should consider virtual assistants.

    Reply

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