Effects of Virtual Assistance
A Virtual Assistant (VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE) is an independent, self-employed professional offering remote administrative, technical and other specialized support to businesses on an hourly, project-specific or ongoing basis. Though VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE services have become popular over the years, some business owners still have apprehensions regarding the effectiveness of a virtual office assistant.
But if you are a business owner seeking to expand your business, choosing to hire a virtual assistant over a conventional or temporary employee will work out to be a better deal in the long run. Here are the reasons why:
A VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE is accountable to you
All VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE appointments are based on a contracted agreement with the terms clearly stated in advance. This lets you be in charge and choose which tasks to delegate to the VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE and which tasks to keep in-house. Besides, since a VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE bills only for work completed you are assured of getting your work done. Making use of a virtual assistant also puts all financial decisions in your hands since you choose to pay by the project, by the hour, or on a monthly basis.
A VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE reduces your workload
A VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE is trained to handle a number of responsibilities, including appointment scheduling, travel management, email management, maintaining of your diary and much more. By taking care of all your important tasks, a VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE frees up your valuable time allowing you to focus on improving your business.
A VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE helps you save on overheads and costs
Virtual assistants are more beneficial than onsite employees since they provide many of the same services without the added costs. Since a VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE works from a remote location and use their own equipment, you don’t have to pay for office space, equipment, maintenance, or any other additional utility bills. This works as an added benefit when you don’t have much space of your own.
A VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE is a much cheaper option
Since VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE services are available on a per hour rate, hiring a VIRTUAL ASSISSTANCE service provider will work out to be a much cheaper option than a full-time or part-time employee. Also, as virtual assistants are independent contractors, you are not entitled to pay for health/life insurance and other employee benefits.
A VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE can provide specialized services
Most virtual assistant services provide VIRTUAL ASSISTANCEs catering to different areas of expertise. You can delegate tasks such as data entry, event planning, call answering, Internet research, business card scanning, correspondence management, DTP services, presentation/spreadsheets creation and travel/airline hotel reservations. Some virtual assistant service providers also offer services like blog promotion, copy writing, bookkeeping, research, customer service, etc.