Busy professionals often tell us, “I wish I could clone myself! I have so much to do!” Unfortunately, science isn’t yet to the point where you can create another “you,” but you’ve got another option for getting things done that doesn’t include hiring expensive in-person staff: bringing on a virtual assistant.
Virtual assistants are just like regular in-person employees, but they work for a fraction of the cost. That’s why VAs are becoming the go-to solution for medical practices, dental offices, and businesses everywhere that need more staff but don’t want to break their budgets to hire more help.
The benefits of hiring a virtual assistant don’t stop at just saving money. Here are the 10 biggest benefits of hiring a virtual assistant.
- You’ll save loads of time. As a busy professional, your most valuable asset is time. After all, every hour you spend serving your clients is money in your pocket. Every hour you spend on administrative tasks, answering phones, making appointments, and doing paperwork do not add to your bottom line. When you hire a virtual assistant, your VA can handle whatever tasks you assign, including all those menial jobs that you’ve been wasting your valuable time on. With a VA, you get to invest all your time and energy into activities that build your business, or simply those that you enjoy – like spending more hours at home with your family or out on the golf course.
- You can stop doing tasks you dread. You went into business because you want to help people, not because you love doing admin work. If the thought of spending hours at the end of every day shuffling papers, returning phone calls, or scheduling appointments makes you want to pull your hair out, it just makes sense to delegate those tasks to a virtual assistant who can take care of them for you.
- You can expand your reach. Lead generation is a big part of what keeps every business in business. But doing marketing tasks like keeping up with social media and responding to online inquiries is time-consuming. You probably don’t have time to do that yourself, and paying a marketing firm to handle it for you can cost a fortune. A virtual assistant can easily take on simple marketing tasks like posting on social media, responding to email inquiries, and answering online questions.
- You save on staff costs. Hiring in-house staff is expensive, especially if your office is in a city with a high cost of living like San Fransisco, Washington, D.C., or New York, where in-office staff can cost as much as $40 an hour or even more. However, virtual assistants are paid much less for the same work, as little as $10 per hour. Because VAs are virtual, they can live and work where the cost of living is low. Therefore, many virtual assistants are happy to work for wages that would make office workers in your city turn up their noses.
- You don’t have to pay for benefits. While you’re likely required to pay your in-house staff for vacation time, medical insurance, dental insurance, and more, hiring a virtual assistant through an outside company means you don’t have to worry about those “extra costs.” Those benefits are paid by the virtual staffing agency, not by you.
- You don’t have to move to grow. Traditionally, growing your business meant hiring more people and moving into a bigger, more expensive space. But when you expand your business with virtual assistants, no extra room is required. You could potentially even double the size of your staff and your business in the same location you’re in now, allowing you to focus your profits on business-generating activities like marketing, training, upgrading equipment, and more.
- You can increase productivity. If you’ve been holding off on hiring new staff because it’s too expensive, you don’t have room, or you can’t find good help, that probably means that the productivity of your business is suffering. After all, you and your current staff can only get so many things done in a day. When you bring on a virtual assistant, you’ll have an extra pair of virtual hands to get things done, boosting your productivity. But you don’t have to stop at just one. Your business’ productivity will increase in proportion to the number of virtual assistants you add to your team.
- You can avoid troublesome labor laws. Labor laws are necessary to keep workers safe in the U.S., but sometimes, the ways the laws are written make it nearly impossible to fire a poor-performing employee. This is every business owner’s nightmare: paying to keep on an employee that’s not performing well because you’re afraid they’ll sue you if they’re fired. When working with a virtual assistant that’s outside the country, U.S. labor laws don’t apply. You can fire at will if the employee is not up to your standards … without having to worry about a lawsuit.
- Your customer service will improve. Your clients may love your business or your product, but they don’t love having to wait. When your productivity is down because your current staff is stretched too thin, your customer service is likely taking a hit, too. When you bring on a virtual assistant to answer phones, make appointments, or fill orders, your customers get the kind of quick service that keeps them coming back again and again.
- You get peace of mind. As a business owner, you’ve invested your heart and soul into building a thriving business. That means that when troubles with staffing, productivity, customer service, and costs occur, you can’t just leave them at the office. These concerns follow you home and stay with you until you solve them. Hiring a virtual assistant can help you address the gaps in your business and give you peace of mind.