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Do You Need a Virtual Assistant?

May 02 2012

Many people find themselves extremely busy that they need to employ an assistant, but rather than hire a real person, many people are now turning to the help of virtual assistants.

What is a virtual assistant (VA)?

Virtual assistants are individuals who work from their own home office and are considered an independent contractor. These individuals are not technically an employee of yours, so they have their own equipment and pay their own benefits and business expenses. 

What are the benefits of hiring a virtual assistant for your online business?

Since virtual assistants specialize in their area of expertise, you will know that you are hiring an individual with the knowledge to take care of your business. They tend to have a firm grasp on their tasks and can perform well above your expectations. Virtual assistants can usually start the job without needing any training, unless you use a special software or program.
Virtual assistants are also more cost-effective. If you only need the assistant to work part time, you can have them work part time instead of hiring a full time employee. These individuals can also help alleviate your day to day responsibilities so you can spend more time focusing on your business.

Do I need a virtual assistant?

Not every business needs to employ a virtual assistant. There are many factors to consider before determining if a virtual assistant is right for you and your business.

1. You need to alleviate the everyday tasks.

Virtual assistants are great at helping out with everyday assignments and tasks. If you spend most of your day working on trivial tasks, such as invoicing or billing, you may want to use a virtual assistant to help alleviate yourself from doing this work and focusing more on your business.

2. You're in need of expertise.

If you have tasks that you're not very good at, such as sales or marketing, a virtual assistant can help do them for you and make your business more profitable. You will then be able to perform the tasks that you enjoy doing as well as those that you're good at while allowing your virtual assistant to perform the tasks that they're good at.

3. You need to keep costs down for profitability.

If you're a start up company and you need help, a virtual assistant can be the best cost-effective solution. You don't have to pay for their office equipment, and you don't have to pay for their expenses or their insurance. Instead, you simply pay them for the job at hand.

4. You don't have time to train an employee.

Running a business can be a busy process. If you don't have the time to invest in training a new employee, a virtual assistant is the best bet. These individuals know their roles without needing to be trained, so they can start right away and you can keep performing your responsibilities.

5. You don't have the office space for employees.

If you have a very small office, or if you work from home, a virtual assistant allows you to have an employee without them needing to physically be there with you. You can simply allow them to manage your designated tasks via a virtual office.
There are many benefits associated with having a virtual assistant. If any of these statements ring true for your business, a virtual assistant may be the best bet.

Charlie Adams is a tech guru and internet expert who loves to take to the internet to share his wealth of knowledge. In order to make sure his articles come across well and are free of grammatical mistakes he proofs his work with a grammar checker.

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