If you’ve worked with a virtual assistant, you may already have some idea of just how valuable and cost-effective a resource they can be. If youhaven’t just yet or if your changing business needs mean that you need help and support with certain tasks then read on…
Because you might be more than a little surprised at the wide range of benefits a good virtual assistant can deliver.
Versatility and adaptability are both important tools in the VA’s skillset. Costly advertising budgets mean far less to us than word of mouth, local reputation and good, old-fashioned trust and reliability.
That means a virtual personal assistant needs to be able to do as many different things as possible for the range of clients they support and they need to do them well. Continuous professional development is a mantra for every successful VA.
There are daily tasks with which many businesses and those who lead them will be familiar. Tasks such as diary and email management, travel arrangements and general administration are all commonplace, but the list (and a virtual assistant’s wide-ranging skillset) both go way beyond those everyday tasks on which a business depends.
Here are just a few of them…
A broad understanding of business practices is vital, but so is an understanding of the people who run them and those who use their products or services. A virtual personal assistant needs empathy and a positive attitude, we need to know what people need and deliver it on time, every time.
Those qualities can make us marketing gurus…
We can set up social media and connect with the people who matter. We can share our local expertise with your colleagues, create banners and source imagery and we can be there to engage with your audience and followers when they engage with you.
Proofreading, copy-editing and content creation
It can be challenging to create the content that raises a business above their competitors and sometimes even the best product or service can fall short if the quality of their online content, brochures or other newsletters doesn’t reach those same standards.
Copywriting, proofreading and editing are all vital skills for a reputable virtual assistant. Many of us design and maintain websites of our own. Our working knowledge of search engine optimisation, keywords, phrases and perfect, engaging content has to be on point. It’s time-consuming for many smaller businesses and expensive to outsource, many don’t realise there are virtual assistants out there, offering the same support at a fraction of the cost.
Another level of virtual business support
There might be tasks you would never connect with a virtual assistant, yet many have the specialised skills, qualifications and local connections to perform them for you and your business, such as.
- Raising and chasing outstanding invoices to save you time and money
- Offering help and support with accounting tasks such as bookkeeping (not something I offer but I know someone who does)
- Collating information and producing reports for your business across a range of platforms
- Offering help and lifestyle support to make life easier and free up time to focus on what is important
- Planning budgets to help grow your business
A local solution
Outsourcing your administrative tasks to a local virtual assistant comes with a range of benefits, proving cost-effective, but also harnessing local knowledge and network connections. As you can see, we might just be able to help in ways you didn’t even realise.
Why not get in touch to learn more about the many ways we can help you and your business?