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5 Reasons Entrepreneurs & SMEs Should Hire a Virtual Assistant

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Posted: 19th Mar 2018  |  Share this Article:

In order to be successful as a startup or small, medium enterprise your business needs to have structure. Regardless of the size of your business you will still have accounting, business development, marketing, information technology, admin and other back office tasks you will need to complete.

How can you effectively run your business whilst trying to keep on top of the administrative tasks, the answer simply is to outsource.

Outsource your back office tasks to a Virtual Assistant also known as a VA.

These are my 5 reasons why.

Expertise and Professionalism

When you outsource, you are hiring an expert who is better, more efficient than you at a particular task. Virtual Assistants have many skills and specialisms in different areas.  Before you hire invest the time and think about what you need. Look at the gaps in the business and what is draining your time. Visualise how your business can become more efficient with expert assistance. Remember with expert help tasks will be completed quicker with greater quality and output.

Improved Productivity 

Hiring a Virtual Assistant will increase your productivity, you should see the results almost immediately. By outsourcing tasks this enables you to focus on what you do best building your business. Time is money, to build a successful business you need to consider how much time you are spending on administrative tasks which is not generating income directly or indirectly. Another consideration regarding outsourcing is that it allows you to spend time on your expertise. Tasks hopefully you enjoy and can reap the benefits such as developing the business, marketing strategies, arranging and meeting potential clients and networking.

You Can’t Do Everything

We all have the same amount of hours to work with. Ensure you use your hours, minutes and seconds efficiently. Outsourcing provides an opportunity to make your business more flexible and agile. Do you remember when you had a work/life blend, when you was able to spend time with loved ones or on activities you enjoy. Allowing another expert to help your business enables you to manage your professional and personal life, giving you an option to have a healthy balance and mindset.

Return on Investment

To be able to concentrate solely on growing your business whilst knowing the administrative tasks are taken care of by a professional is piece of mind that is needed to take your business to the next level, generating more income. You can’t elevate your business alone, if you concentrate on the administrative tasks you are not free to work on the business growth, such as networking and building valuable relationships. The return on the investment is your virtual assistant making you available to drive sales and push your business forward.

Budget

There are no lost productivity costs that comes with hiring a full time employee. A Virtual Assistant is a qualified and highly knowledgeable professional, and you can certainly find one within your budget constraints. Although prices vary it is advisable you hire a Virtual Assistant either through an agency or directly but choose a VA who is accredited and/or proven track record of work. Ensure you ask what insurances they have, they should certainly have business as a minimum. Remember a Virtual Assistant can be an asset to your business, but invest the time in finding the right VA for your business needs and goals.

 

 

 

 

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Vivien Edwards

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Vivien Edwards

Cornerstone42 founder

Vivien has nearly 20 years administrative experience covering project and event management, recruitment, training and development, mentorship and supervisory for other admins.

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