What is a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant helps you complete the tasks on your to-do list. These can be personal and professional tasks, from managing invoices to booking your family vacation. A virtual assistant is like any other employee, except you’ll work with them online rather than in person. With the Covid-19 pandemic introducing people worldwide to remote work, hiring a virtual assistant is easier than ever. We’re all already familiar with remote meetings, Zoom calls, project management software, and building genuine relationships with people we’ve never met in person!
Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant
There’s a reason – several, actually – that more and more professionals are turning to virtual assistants to get more done and enjoy more time freedom. Here are some of the benefits of hiring a virtual assistant we often hear from our clients.
Types of Virtual Assistants
- Social Media Virtual Assistant
- Real Estate Virtual Assistant
- Multimedia Virtual Assistant
- ECommerce Virtual Assistant
- Bookkeeper Virtual Assistant
- Amazon Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant can help you reclaim your time.
Every person’s most valuable asset is time. And while they say money can’t buy time, it can believe someone to take care of tasks for you so you can reclaim more of your time and invest it in what’s most important to you. Every hour you spend on tedious administrative tasks, making appointments, answering phones, and shuffling paperwork is not just money out of your pocket. It’s time away from the people and things you love, too.
When you hire a virtual assistant, that person can handle any number of tasks for you. Most professionals save at least two hours daily by delegating tasks to a virtual assistant. Of course, the more you delegate, the more time you get to reclaim yourself.
Fewer tasks + reliable support = less stress.
Nothing creates stress like living in a never-ending time shortage. When juggling all the business tasks, you’re never getting everything done or making real progress. So when your endless task lists keep you from getting a good night’s sleep because you find yourself getting up earlier and going to bed later to check off all of your to-dos, it’s time to bring on a virtual assistant.
Hiring a virtual assistant can finally cut your task list down to a manageable level. Remember: you are only human, not a machine. So when you have someone on board you can trust to handle the tasks that used to keep you tossing and turning at night, you can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing everything is going to get done, and it’s not all on your shoulders.
You save on payroll.
Hiring in-person staff can be prohibitively expensive, especially if your business is located in a city with a high cost of living, like New York City, Washington, D.C., or San Francisco. In cities like these, office staff can cost more than $50,000 annually, which is on the low end. So if you’ve been hesitant to hire an assistant because you need to figure out if your business can bear the weight of yet another full-time salary, a virtual assistant may be for you.
At BizVa, our virtual assistants are paid a straight $10 per hour, which is $20,800 for a full-time annual salary. Virtual assistants tend to live where the cost of living is exceptionally low, like in The Philippines, so what seems like a paltry sum in the U.S. is an impressive salary in their home countries. This is a win-win situation where you pay less, and they still bring home a living wage (and then some).
When you’re paying only $10 per hour for a trained, reliable, professional staff member, you don’t have to let the high cost of staffing prevent you from growing your business any longer. Plus, with the wealth of virtual assistants on our roster, we can provide a remote employee to start at your company in days, so you don’t have to spend months looking for the right candidate.
You save on benefits.
Once you factor in benefits like health insurance, dental insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, paid days off, sick days, and vacation time, the average in-house employee costs 1.25 to 1.5 times their salary. So, for example, a person with a $40,000 salary costs your business between $50,000 – $60,000 annually with benefits.
All their benefits are included in the $10 per hour rate with a virtual assistant. So that saves you thousands of dollars a year on benefits and is also easy to budget for.
Customer service will improve.
Getting a client often means being the first person to call them back. But returning phone calls and answering emails can get pushed to the back burner when you have so many other tasks to attend to.
You may get behind on fulfilling orders, booking appointments, or scheduling meetings, all because you have so much on your plate. While some customers are compassionate enough to realize you’re a busy, in-demand professional, others will feel insulted by your lack of timeliness – as if you view their time as less valuable than yours.
With a virtual assistant, your customers can enjoy a new level of prompt, friendly service that will lead to better reviews, more referrals, and a better client experience overall. When clients and potential clients have their needs attended to promptly, they’ll experience a higher level of customer satisfaction that keeps them coming back repeatedly – and referring to their friends.
Want to know more about how a virtual assistant can solve your biggest business headaches?
Contact us today for your complimentary discovery call. BizVa has helped business owners and entrepreneurs all over the country discover the ease, affordability, and stress relief that come from working with a high-quality virtual assistant.