The best way to begin looking at how a virtual assistant can help your business is to figure out exactly what a virtual assistant is to start with. The good people of Wikipedia provide us with the following definition:
“A virtual assistant (typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.” – Wikipedia
Virtual assistants are contractors, meaning they work for several businesses. You contract them to undertake specific tasks on behalf of your business.
Does your business need a virtual assistant?
You might be asking yourself this very question. But first, let’s answer your question with some more questions:
- Are you overwhelmed by everything you need to get completed?
- Do you struggle to meet your deadlines?
- Do you work in your business, instead of on your business?
- Are you busy in the evenings and the weekends and missing out on spending time with your friends and family?
The solution to these problems is hiring a virtual assistant; doing this will free your time up so you can spend more time on your business and enjoying life.
What types of tasks can a virtual assistant take care of for my business?
Virtual assistants come in all sorts of flavours, with a wide range of skillsets. Essentially, almost any task can be outsourced to a virtual assistant – whether it’s data mining, document preparation or even email management. Most tasks, if not all, are taken care of off-site, mostly thanks to the rise of cloud computing and everything now being accessible online.
Admin Army specialises in bookkeeping and payroll, but we also take care of a wide range of general administration too. You can learn more about the services we offer on our website and to help you get started we’ve put together a helpful list of 101 things you can outsource. The services listed aren’t comprehensive, so if you need help with something not on the list, get in touch and we can talk through your requirements in more detail.
If you’re still not sure where to start, download our free ‘what tasks in your business should you delegate‘ worksheet to help you figure out where to begin.
Outsourcing vs. hiring in-house
So, why would you outsource instead of hiring someone in-house? This comes down to money and convenience. Assuming you’re only paying the New Zealand minimum wage, a full-time in-house administrator will cost you $32,760 per annum, and that’s not including any overheads. Hiring someone with experience and training will cost you even more. Even if you’re only hiring someone part-time, that’s a huge chunk of change coming out of your bottom line. That’s a lot to pay if you don’t have a full workload for someone or if you’re only looking to get some help for specific projects.
Say for example you’re looking for someone to organise an event for your clients and prospective clients, then you’re only paying your virtual assistant for the time they spend taking care of this task. Their training and overheads come out of the contracted rate that you’re paying them.
Never miss a deadline again
Meeting your deadlines is the key to maintaining a great working partnership. We will work alongside you to set clear parameters and ensure your deadlines are always met. As your Virtual Assistants, we are highly motivated to meet your deadlines. If we don’t, we lose your business, it’s that simple!
How do I get a virtual assistant?
It’s simple to outsource your workload. Simply decide what it is you need a hand with and send it to us to take care of.
- No payroll costs
- No office setup costs
Just pay for the work done as and when required.
Whether you are looking for a regular administrator to assist with your workload or have a one-off project to complete, we want to help you. Get in touch today to discuss your requirements.