We get it, the virtual world can be a scary place. Hiring someone you’ll probably never meet in person to perform important business or personal tasks seems a little crazy. And we understand why you might be a little hesitant. However, the world is catching on to this Virtual Assistance trend and soon you will realise that contracting a Virtual Assistant is one of the smartest things you can do for your business. Believe us when we say that it makes life a whole lot easier.
Virtual assistance is a relatively new practice around the world, so it is but only expected that most people do not fully understand it and what it entails. As with most topics that aren’t fully understood, it is only natural that there be a few misconceptions flying around about this new but revolutionary way of doing things.
1. Hiring a VA Will Not Save Costs and Improve Productivity
Outsourcing business services or operations to a VA will do more than just save you costs. Whether you get a freelance VA or one through an agency, you don’t have to spend money on equipment, facilities, and the likes, because they are responsible for the physical resources needed to complete the job. Furthermore, delegating work to a VA, leaves you with more time to focus on your key business operations.
2. Virtual Assistants Are limited to Admin Work
The VA industry is becoming more versatile. The growing demand for virtual assistance work has created diverse job openings for virtual assistants. As of late, VAs can now help with accounting and payroll, HR activities, social media marketing, graphic design and so forth. You can find a VA for any type of business task.
3. Virtual Assistants are Miracle Workers
Yes, a VA has the experience, skills and competence to get your business moving in the right direction. But like all first-time personnel, they might come across a learning curve or two. This is more likely to happen at the start of the job when they still need to familiarise themselves with your business and your industry. VAs might not be miracle workers, but with enough time and training they can be a huge asset to your company.
4. Virtual Assistants don’t need training
Even though a VA may be experienced and highly competent, you should always provide some form of training for your VA. Even when hiring one who is experienced in the industry, you have to orient her on the ins and outs of your business. Training is important is you want to ensure that your VA achieves optimal productivity and remains up to speed with everything related to your business.
5. VA’s don’t review their work
Most VAs, whether freelance or through an agency, are paid per productive hour. If submitted work reveals errors and inconsistencies, this cannot be accepted by the client and may taint their reputation. Therefore, the Virtual Assistant makes it a point to always review work before submitting it.
Virtual assistants are a viable option if you’re looking to take the load off your shoulders or to improve your business’ overall productivity. With the right skills and expertise, training and support, a VA can help take your business to new heights!