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Do you think that having a virtual assistant is a sort of luxury that only the big companies can afford?

Not exactly.

In fact, hiring a physical assistant not only soaks up more of your time and energy, but it also costs much more than hiring a virtual one. With the recent rise and development in remote work, we thought we would clear up any uncertainty surrounding the working foundation of virtual assisting and how you can benefit from hiring one. 

What is a Virtual Assistant?

A virtual assistant is an individual who works remotely (from their own home or office) to provide administrative services for their client(s). Their responsibilities can range from simple jobs like taking phone calls and scheduling meetings to more advanced tasks like project management. 

5 Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant

There are many advantages in hiring a virtual assistant for any business serious about their growth.

Let’s explore the top benefits of hiring a Virtual Assistant below: 

  1. Saves You Money on Labor/Operational Costs

We all know that hiring and retaining a standard employee is expensive. However, before the digital atmosphere established itself in the workplace, hiring a traditional employee was the first step to task delegation and increased productivity. Given the digital solutions we now have today, this step looks a bit different.

Most owners typically only consider an employees salary and fail to factor in additional expenses, from the hiring process itself to carrying the costs of insurance, sick leave, taxes, benefits and more. 

On the other hand, did you know that you can save over half of your business spending by choosing to hire a virtual assistant? That’s right, labor costs alone are 2 to 5 times greater when hiring a traditional employee as opposed to a virtual one. Additionally, hiring a remote employee also saves you the costs of office space, maintenance, office equipment like desks, computers, telephones, etc.

   2. Saves You Time

Time is the most valuable asset to a business owner, therefore, if you fail to properly manage it, it will start to cost you in other areas as well. By hiring a virtual assistant, you can hand off the tasks you don’t have the expertise in and greater maximize your time. 

Businesses also could save more time, contracting a virtual assistant when the workload is overwhelming the in-house staffs or when facing downtime, instead of waiting on staffs.

  3. Improves Quality of Work 

Task juggling while sporting a variety of hats either by yourself or with a small team is common for most startups and small business founders. However, as your business begins to grow, the reality that you can’t be good at everything becomes more and more evident. And while you may be proficient in most of todays business requirements, certain tasks are better suited for specialists and professionals.

(You can check out further outsourcing resources here:

Why Outsource HR: Pros and Cons

Should I Outsource My Accounting?

7 Benefits of Outsourcing Your Business Financial Functions )

When it comes to administrative tasks, a virtual assistant recognizes the downsides to “just winging it” and uses their skillset to effectively execute their jobs.

4. Enables Access to Different Skillsets
Following the above subject – as a business owner, you can’t train yourself on many skills and expect to still be proficient in all of them. Even if you do maintain a couple of solid skills, passing the related tasks off to another individual allows you to have a better edge over your competitors.

While you may not have all of the knowledge and/or experience required by your clients, you can tap into these skills via virtual assistants.

You can’t have all the knowledge and experience you or your clients might require but you can access these knowledge and experience anytime you need them via virtual assistants.

5. Increases Productivity 

Every good virtual assistant is motivated to render a quality job. They will not only work to meet or exceed your expectation but also deliver work you can be proud of.

However, the case is not always the same with in-house staffs. Though some in-house personnel can be just as efficient, virtual assistants usually take the lead in productivity. In essence, increased productivity happens to be one of the major benefits of virtual assistant resources.

Final Thoughts

The thought of hiring a virtual assistant scares some business owners, intrigues others, and confuses the rest. Wherever you fall on the spectrum of interest, remember, if you expect to reap the benefits and gain a competitive advantage over your competitors, you must select the right individual. 

Our team of business advisors and consultants here at MCDA CCG understand the sensitive nature involved in delegating work to a virtual assistant, therefore, our services will ensure that the transition process is as seamless and error free as possible. 

Whether you need more detailed information, help selecting the right virtual assistant for you, or guidance in safely assigning responsibilities, reach out to one of our team members to discuss your solutions and our recommendation in a no obligation phone call!

There is no need to wait, contact our office – headquartered in Placentia, Orange County, California – today, or Get in touch here!

 

Other MCDA CCG resources you may like: 

6 Inexpensive Employee Benefits for Start-Ups to Provide

QuickBooks Online Tips for Small Businesses: Chart of Accounts Organization

Simple Ways to Save On Business Expenses

Workers Compensation & Remote Employees

Overhead And How to Reduce Overhead Costs

 

 

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