Entrepreneurs start their ventures with bold visions and big plans. However, it’s all too easy to get bogged down by the mundane tasks involved in building a business empire. No matter the industry, every company has these critical tasks that can’t be ignored, and ultimately keep entrepreneurs from the work they do best. This is where a virtual assistant can come to the rescue.
What is a Virtual Assistant?
Think of a virtual assistant as an individual who cleans up your crucial administrative tasks from a remote location. They can (and often do) handle everything from answering emails, to database entry, website administration, and even social media. Most are contract or freelance workers who work from home, allowing for complete flexibility in how much or how little of your work you choose to delegate.
Debbie Roche, a Vancouver-based virtual assistant explains exactly what people in her field do:
“I help other small business owners with the day-to-day running of their business. These people set out to own their own company not realizing there are all these daily tasks that need to be attended to,” Debbie explained. “Maybe they don’t have a head for admin, or maybe they just don’t have the time. Either way, I take these tasks off their hands so they can focus on running their business more efficiently.”
The Benefits of Using a Virtual Assistant
Questioning whether a virtual assistance sounds like a fit for your small business? Here are five of the biggest benefits to using their services.
More Time to Do What You Love
Running a business can seem like an endless parade of pesky emails, phone calls, meetings and appointments. These can quickly begin eating into your free time, leaving you with less time to handle the important stuff. Brittany Hardy, owner of Empty Desk Solutions elaborates:
“Sometimes we know our plate is completely full, yet we cannot wrap our heads around managing an in-house team member. Virtual assistants are the perfect solution to many of the day to day business tasks that would otherwise require a part-time or full-time employee.”