As a small business owner, we completely understand how busy you are in terms of all those tasks that you need to do in order to run your thriving business. You also have to attend to all those inquiries, product reports, answering correspondence and updating your accounting spreadsheet, not to mention finding the time for proofreading your blogs, social media posts and e-mail campaigns.

What is a virtual assistant? A virtual assistant is generally a self-employed professional that remotely provides administrative, technical, or creative services to a business. They can be anywhere in the world, which means you can hire someone with a specific expertise that you might not be able to find locally.

Hiring a virtual assistant can free up your time and allow you to become more productive. It can also be far more cost effective than employing a full-time assistant and is a useful solution if you work from home without physical offices to bring staff into.

Why do you need a virtual assistant? A virtual assistant can help with a growing multitude of small tasks that consume your time as a business owner. Think activities such as:

• Inbox and calendar management
• Travel booking and arrangement
• Research and presentation slides in preparation for your meetings
• Leads follow up calls and client management, as well as personal touches (like a thank you letter)
• Not to mention bookkeeping, paperwork and back-office activities

Is a UK based Virtual Assistant best?

The best bit about virtual working is that you can literally work from anywhere for anyone and this has led to many businesses opting to work with virtual assistants overseas. Why? One of the reasons being that until very recently, although UK VAs existed, it wasn’t on the scale it is now so to outsource, businesses had to look further afield. With the UK virtual assistant industry booming, there are a few things you should definitely be considering when deciding where to source your VA:

• GDPR/ Security
• Time zones
• Local knowledge
• Cultural/ language barriers
• Skills & experience

Virtual assistants are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s market, especially within smaller businesses. Hiring a virtual assistant isn’t always an easy decision for a business owner. With so many factors to consider, it can be hard to know whether it’s right for your business. It’s important to consider your business’ operational capacity and the style in which your employees are managed. A virtual assistant can offer a variety of benefits to both your company’s bottom line and growth, and by ensuring clear communication and expectations, your relationship with your virtual assistant can be a successful one.

To find out how we can support your business, get in touch here and get help from our dedicated team of UK based virtual assistants today.