July 12th, 2011 Archive

Getting Virtual Help For Your Business

July 12th, 2011 by Adaire in Financial Freedom

With many companies conducting part of (or all of) their businesses online, the demand for virtual assistants has been increasing steadily. This is due to two key factors: the first is the constant pursuit of increased productivity at reduced costs, and the second is the need to keep up with the important advancements in technology that most business people don’t have time to study. Both of these factors are important to any modern business, and a virtual assistant can help you with both. But how do they do that, exactly?

They Let You Focus on What’s Important
When you first started with your business, you probably had big dreams based on your life-long passions – maybe you wanted to design the most innovative houses, or create clothes that would give the top fashion designers a run for their money. While dreaming big is fine, sometimes it blinds you to the reality of what you need to do to achieve those dreams. Starting a business is never simple – it involves a gazillion tasks such as creating a client database, managing mails, following up on payments, updating your blogs and social networks, scheduling of appointments, and many other tedious tasks. Sometimes these tasks and your personal issues can really pile up and stress you out, which will ultimately be bad for business.

Diana Ennen, a virtual assistant and co-author of many books regarding virtual assistants, says that virtual assistants can help you dig your way out of that pile of tasks. In an article on Small Business CEO Magazine called “Wake up and Partner with a Virtual Assistant”, Diana defines a virtual assistant as “an independent business professional who among many things, can help overwhelmed business owners handle administrative tasks so they can remain focused on their business.” Virtual assistants can perform tasks such as managing social networks, making travel arrangements, write press releases and correspondences, and much more.

When you have a virtual assistant to take care of the brunt of your tasks, you’ll finally be able to have some room to breathe, do other more important tasks, or spend time with your loved ones. And you won’t be pulling your hair out in frustration in the morning when you remember that there are so many tasks that need to be completed for the day. :)

You Get Value for Your Money
Entrepreneurs who are more traditional in their thinking and practice probably think that they’re better off with their personal assistant or secretary rather than working online with a virtual assistant. After all, you get to meet them in person and keep an eye on their progress yourself. While you may think that having an assistant who is physically present at your office will get you better value for your money, you have to remember that you’re not just paying for this person to come in to work every day. Keep in mind that you’re also paying for her benefits, vacation and sick leave, plus office space and supplies. Having a virtual assistant can actually cut down those costs significantly while still providing you with quality service, as Neha Sharma, a staff writer for VAssist247, discusses in an article on Small Business CEO Magazine.

In Neha’s article “Some Crucial Benefits of Getting Virtual Assistant Service”, she explains just how cost-effective a virtual assistant can be. The first thing she mentions is that you only pay the virtual assistant based on the number of hours and output that he or she delivers. The advantage of this is that you only get what you pay for, as opposed to paying a personal assistant a regular, daily salary even on slow business days wherein he doesn’t have much to work on.

And if a virtual assistant fails to give you what you paid for, you can simply end your subscription and look for another virtual assistant to get the job done. :)

Virtual Assistants are Jacks of All Trades
Neha also noted that another advantage that virtual assistants have is that they’re well-equipped with skills in almost every field. Since they are expected to do a variety of tasks ranging from travel arrangements to secretarial tasks, this is a given for any virtual assistant. You don’t need to train them virtual assistant to do anything; they should be able to start working on their tasks as soon as you hire them.

As you can see, there are many good reasons for you to hire a virtual assistant. If you’ve never hired a virtual assistant before, you don’t need to be nervous or skeptical; there are many reliable virtual assistant services out there, and it wouldn’t really hurt to give them a try. You may even learn some new things from your virtual assistant, specifically when it comes to the various technological advancements that may help you with your business.

So what are you waiting for? Why don’t you go ahead and do your research on virtual assistants and hire one for your business today? You can start by trying out the virtual assistant services provided by DoneForYouSolutions.com, which was founded by none other than our very own Ric Thompson.

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