Why use a virtual assistant?

The decision to use a virtual assistant is a huge choice for many companies. However, once they go over the pros and cons, the decision becomes a no brainer.  Let’s just say that most businesses look at the bottom line to make their choices and a virtual assistant makes that bottom line look that much more attractive. Virtual assistants (VA) are cost effective. The company does not have to pay for office equipment, office space, and insurance for the VA. Yet, the company still gets full business support. The worker completes all tasks assigned under the contract and represents him or herself as a longtime member of the company. No one would know that this person is a VA. Frankly, if the VA does their job correctly, no one should.

When you purchase a VA, you can specify the length of time along with the specific needs of your company. The VA is able to provide quality work with very little overhead. The best thing about the VA/company relationship is that it is on an as needed basis. Companies never have to worry about laying off the VA. You only buy what you need. For these reasons and many more, VA’s are becoming the norm. Many company’s even have their workers working remotely. Why? As stated above, it enhances the bottom line while keeping the quality the same or better. So, if you are in the market for a VA, don’t wait. Pick the right VA for you or your company and reap all of the benefits of the quality they provide.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us and we can help you to figure out what virtual assistant is right for you.  We love to help others because that’s the business we are in.

Quality and Virtual Assistants

You’ve decided that you want to hire or need to hire a virtual assistant. You’re overloaded with work, but don’t have the money or need for a full-time employee. So, immediately you do your due diligence and begin to research virtual assistants. You go to the Internet, pull up the search engine and enter the term into the search bar. The search engine returns all of these paid advertisers along with some people who ranked high in the search engine. As you look through these sites you begin to feel lost. You start to ask yourself, “What am I looking for? How do I know which person would be best?” The easy answer, probably no one you’ve seen thus far. The reason for this is simple; you haven’t developed any requirements yet.

First and foremost, think about the virtual assistant as an extension of you and your business. What qualities and background experiences will this person need to properly integrate into your business? Does the virtual assistant need real estate, project management, programming, or a marketing background? Keep in mind that every virtual assistant does not have the skillsets you require. Once you figure out if they do, you can get more detailed with your requirements. You can begin to think about your contact with this person. How often do you need updates from the virtual assistant? Do you need to video chat with him/her? All of these details begin to build a company requirement that you can then present to a potential virtual assistant.

Second and most important, you need to get proof of qualifications. After presenting your potential virtual assistant with your requirement, you can now request “samples of quality.” Put together a task and request that your potential virtual assistant give you a sample of their work by completing your task. Keep it straightforward. A good virtual assistant should have no problem with the opportunity prove that they do quality work, which is very important. However, virtual assistants are privy to those who try to get something for nothing, so keep in straight forward. Don’t try to give them a day’s work. The task should be something that takes no longer than 15-30 minutes. Once you receive the task back, you can now make a decision.

The quality of the virtual assistants work should be one of the most important things for you.

The Virtual Experience

Historically, in the employment sector, there has been a requirement that employees work at the company office. This has been the norm for some time, but times are changing. There seems to be a new phenomenon that is replacing what was once the norm and it’s called virtualization. Many companies have decided to include virtual work options for their employees, while others have moved toward companywide virtualization. Why is this happening? There are many reasons for this new trend.

One of the main reasons for this trend is financial. Companies save large amounts of money by eliminating overhead. When an employee works from home, the company no longer needs to provide office supplies, utilities, or a place to work. The savings from removing the theses expenses alone are tremendous. Yet, these are not the only savings that many companies are able to reap.

If the employee is not a full-time employee or if the employee is contracted, the company can also eliminate insurance. Insurance is a huge cost for many companies and dropping this expense can be a huge bump to a company’s bottom line. Another reason that the virtual experience is so popular may be due to the wider employee pool. Allowing virtualization opens up a world of potential. A company is able to interview potential workers from around the world, if need be, in order to find the best person to fill a position.  This option can be a win for all parties involved. The company gets the best of the best and the employee gains a job that does not require moving or daily travel.

However, what is so great about virtualization is the way its helps startups to succeed. Virtualization allows startup to focus on client building and marketing while someone else handles the day to day.