The operations of your business and the way it is run, will at the end of the day determine the success of your empire you are trying to build. With technology changing and evolving on a daily basis, you have got to ensure that your business is run in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.
Having systems, processes and business procedures in place for your business is the only way to ensure that your business is run effectively. Hiring staff to put these systems in place can reach astronomical heights, especially since you need to account for all the additional budget that goes into an employee and this is over and above the salary. I.e:
- Employee benefits
- Employee training
- Employee pension fund
- Employee annual leave
- Employee maternity leave
Wouldn’t it be easier to decide what functions of your business are the most time-consuming, the most tedious, and those that you absolutely despise doing and then outsource them to someone who can take care of those specific functions for you? Welcome to the world of outsourcing. In the 21st Century, technology is booming and getting more and more smart by the day. Now you do not even have to have someone working alongside you in your office, you can actually delegate to the person online, using various free communication platforms.
How does outsourcing work with a Virtual Assistant?
Executive Assistants are essential to large corporates and medium size businesses, but when you are a start-up or individual business owner, it no longer makes sense to hire an employee. The reason why Virtual Assistants are taking the world by storm is because you can actually delegate certain business functions out to your Virtual Assistant and only pay for the tasks you want done. You do not need to pay for any other additional employee benefits, as a Virtual Assistant takes care of all her own tax, office equipment and pretty much everything else. You need only pay her rates for specific hours she works for your business, which makes a whole lot of sense for your budget.
It also does not matter where your Virtual Assistant is based, as she works from her own location remotely, but manages her entire business online. Therefore you could be sitting in the United Kingdom and hire a Virtual Assistant in South Africa for example and your tasks would be carried out the exact same way … remotely.
The benefits of outsourcing to a Virtual Assistant
There are actually too many benefits to list here, but these are some of the most popular ones:
- Save money
- Get dedicated work
- Reclaim back your time
- Get your business organised
- Some Virtual Assistant’s are specialists in other areas that a normal Personal Assistant may not be, i.e. financial spreadsheets, project management and specific systems
- Grow your business – A Virtual Assistant can take over the full function of social media and really get your company out there
Changing the direction that your business is headed
A Virtual Assistant can come into your business and identify certain areas that are lacking administrative wise. She can create standard operating procedures and complete new ways of working, which in turn will take your business to the next level. As a great man once said: “If you really want to grow as an entrepreneur, you’ve got to learn to delegate.” — Richard Branson.
If you are a small business owner and are looking to streamline your business, let’s have a chat so that I can answer all your questions about working with a Virtual Assistant. To book a call, click here.