Business is doing great but you find yourself overwhelmed, particularly with administrative tasks that take time away from generating a profit. You need help, but you either work out of your home or in a tight-space office. You have no budget to hire employees, provide them with a desk, computer or phone, let alone pay benefits. Why not consider a virtual assistant?

What is a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant is a multi-skilled, self-driven self-employed person who provides professional administrative, technical, or creative assistance to clients remotely from a home office.

Using a virtual assistant can shave hours off your work week and enable you to refocus your time and efforts on what you do best.

7 great reasons to hire a virtual assistant:
• Decrease operational costs.
• Improve business productivity.
• Focus on core operations.
• Access to world class talent.
• Enables you to have a healthy work-life balance.

Virtual assistants provide a number of benefits to you and your business, including:
• Less risk. You get the benefit of support as and when you need it, without taking on the commitment of employment.
• Flexibility. You can use the services of a virtual assistant as little or as much as you require. Even if you feel you only need a virtual assistant for a couple of hours a week.
• Improved efficiency. Your virtual assistant can help you screen emails, arrange and book meetings, manage diaries, prepare reports, manage projects, carry out research and much more.
• Zero IT and office equipment required. If you work from home, space is not an issue as everything can be done online, using Dropbox, Skype, email, etc.
• Emergency cover. Once a virtual assistant is in place, they can also provide virtual office cover when you go on holiday or during illness.

Evaluate your needs
Some important things to consider:
• Will you be able to reach your goals without the support you need?
• Is your time spent being productive? Is this how you want/need to be spending it?
• Are you losing clients because your administrative and marketing to do-lists keep growing?
• Can you reach your goals without support? Or would your daily tasks be better served by having an assistant who can help you?

Final thoughts…
Hiring a virtual assistant can be a scary thing to do for a small business owner. You want to know that your money will be spent wisely, as in business you can not afford to make costly mistakes.

Make sure you choose your virtual assistant with care. Interview the as you would an employee to make sure they are the perfect fit for your business.