September 10, 2014 3 reasons you should hire a virtual assistant

By Stevie Nicks Maru Kim

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The World Wide Web has enabled people to connect with others beyond their reach. It is a place where people can communicate with friends and loved ones all over the world. Social media has become a part of people’s daily lives and is almost a necessity.

Businesses are no exception. The exposure of many people to digital media has given organisations innovative ways to establish their brand and increase profits.

As a business owner, it is important to focus on sales to attract as many clients as possible. But you also need to keep your business running smoothly; doing this takes a lot of time and energy. So, hiring a virtual assistant is a good option for you to keep your business afloat.

Virtual assistants are self-employed service providers that help carry out administrative tasks for clients remotely from a home office. If you’re wondering, ‘Why should I hire a virtual assistant?’ here are three reasons why.

1. Virtual assistants help you save time

Would you rather spend an hour typing business activities or signing a business deal with a future client? You need to think of ways to manage and use your time wisely. Work smart in your business.

With a virtual assistant taking over basic tasks, you gain more time to focus on important things such as attending meetings and seminars that help you and your business grow, or working on a new product or services for your clients.

To effectively manage your virtual assistant, create a daily or weekly to-do list to be completed. The tasks may include email management, client assistance, data entry, research or other tasks that slow down your productivity.

2. Virtual assistants are cost-efficient

Hiring a virtual assistant lowers business expense. Compared to hiring people locally, a virtual assistant minimises the cost of office space and utilities. What’s more is that subcontracts from overseas can help at lower cost. This is a win-win situation because most virtual assistants prefer this type of work to avoid heavy traffic and transportation costs.

3. Virtual assistants help you avoid burn-out

Some businesses fail because of burnout; owners work so hard but do so little for themselves. Work-life balance is essential to everyone. If you think you should spend all your time on your business to be successful, you’ll miss out on a lot of other things that contribute to a happy, healthy life.

Hiring a virtual assistant means you’ll have more time to take vacations. You might be surprised at how many creative ideas you’ll have after taking a break to improve your business. Plus, holidays give you more motivation to work.