For a busy entrepreneur not to have a virtual assistant on staff, or at least on retainer, is for a king not to have his knights or a coffee shop not to serve coffee. Scratch that. It would be the same as a king CHOOSING not to have or make use of his knights, being a wayward traveler and lone ranger or a coffee shop CHOOSING not to serve coffee. None of those work out very well.
Simply put busy entrepreneurs are just that – they’re busy! A virtual assistant is akin to an off-site employee providing web and general administrative assistance.
1. Versatile Skill Sets: Virtual assistants, like other employees, come in all manners of knowledge, experiences and skills. Often times their versatility enables them to easily switch gears, modes and even programs easily. Often times a virtual assistant you use for research and database collection might also be the same one you can use or web design or document formatting.
2. Cost Effective: You pay only for time spent on tasks as opposed to coffee breaks, late starts and vacations. Granted, you’ll want to check with your virtual assistant before you hire them to verify whether they round up their time ‘spent’ on projects to the nearest quarter hour, which is a common practice for freelance workers paid hourly.
3. Excellent Resource: Whether hiring directly or utilizing specific skill sets, virtual assistants are excellent resources, especially when used to manage off-site teams, no matter the project. Most virtual assistants, by nature, are capable of working remotely with very little input. This, in and of itself, reduces time spent on spinning ones wheels trying to complete specific projects and tasks.
4. Reduced Overhead: When working with a virtual assistant it is up, as sub-contractors and independent companies it is up to the virtual assistant to pay for their unemployment and health care insurances as well as any other benefits. This further reduces your overhead, an added bonus whether you are a large company or a small business entrepreneur getting started.
5. Quality Work: Virtual assistants are not only paid hourly, but their clients also have the option to ‘fire’ them for sub-standard work. As their own bosses, virtual assistants tend to be a little pickier with regards to the standards of their work. Besides, they WANT repeat customers and customers happy with the quality of their work are repeat customers.