What kills productivity or creativity more than anything else?
Siri: Interesting question.
Repetition. Uninspiring, tepid work.
(Is what the reply should be)
Even though ‘Siri’ can gauge and perform a plethora of daily requests, from something simple such as playing our favorite song or setting an alarm, to more eccentric requests like which planes are flying overhead, it can’t handle your finances or fill out tax forms.
We all know the courage and determination it takes to become an entrepreneur. Starting one’s business can be frightening, but there is also an aura of freedom and ambition driving you forward.
You say to yourself ‘Never again will I waste my time doing mundane work’.
The company grows, and with it so do several administrative issues (you ignore them). You hire employees and accumulate resources necessary for a functioning business, and those administrative issues keep piling on, to a point when it’s impossible to ignore.
Before you know it, you are back performing those tasks you called mundane, wondering if there’s an alternate.
A Virtual Assistant (VA) is the perfect solution. Not only do you get time to focus on more important endeavors but also induce less stress.
Benefits of a VA:
Money: VA works either part-time or full-time, depending upon your need. If you require only a few hours of work every day or week, hiring a VA will be more practical than an assistant physically present. Providing monthly salary, insurance, equipment, finding a place in an already crowded or small office can be a hassle.
24/7 support: No matter the time or place, your VA is available to you. Be it public holidays or weekends. Even sick or maternity leaves are not an issue as an alternate VA with similar skill sets will take over.
Marketing: Social Media is an integral part of any business marketing strategy, more so if you’re just starting out. VA can manage your presence on the ever growing number of social media websites (regular updates, building conversations with customers, raising brand awareness).
Event Planning: VA’s are a great resource for finding hotels, booking airfares and mapping out trip itineraries both for business and pleasure.
Manage inventory: VA’s are capable of keeping track of your inventory, coordinating with suppliers, send invoices through to accounting, and handle the logistics of getting stock into your warehouse or office or anywhere you need it to be.
Although, before you hire a VA, keep these points in mind:
Every snowflake is unique: Not all assistants are suited for all situations. Just like a doctor has an area of specialty or expertise, the virtual assistant will also have areas where their skills are focused more.
So choose a VA who is apt for you and provide an outline of the type of work required.
Quality work: Even though, VA’s are much cheaper than the alternative, the quality of work will also depend on the VA. You get what you pay for.
You cannot expect the same quality from a VA who charges under $10 per hour to a VA charging $20 per hour.
Virtual assistants are in huge demand in the market due to the roles and services provided by them. They provide highly cost-efficient and cost-effective flexible services.
Lastly, it is you who decides whether your business or work environment will benefit from a virtual assistant. All the given points will help you make that decision.
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Author – Arka Goswami, Content Development Specialist