It’s been predicted that in 2018, the virtual assistant industry will be worth a whopping $5 billion, as demand for outsourcing continues to grow. The mantra of ‘Focus on being productive, not busy’ is hard to ignore, especially for a founder whom is completely overwhelmed by a brimming inbox, tax returns and a large, demanding customer base to content with. Let’s not forget about the dreaded social media growth with a spattering of witty memes.
And this is the beauty of the virtual assistant;
- No agency fees as with temporary workers
- There is no need to rent out an office as the V.A works from home
- You do not need to spend money on staff training
- You don’t pay overtime yet you can stick to a strict schedule
- No need to concern yourself over employees national insurance and taxes
- No worrying about how to keep a full timer busy, and make the most out of those 8 hours which you probably don’t actually need. ( I’m far more productive in my 5 hour shift than an 8 hour one )
As for global growth, the U.S.A is definitely leading in the V.A sector with the U.K not far behind, but more surprisingly, large V.A companies are rapidly growing in India and the Philippines offering incredible rates per hour.
I think in general, if something is too good to be true it usually is.
Cultural and language barriers can be effect the efficiency of your business. Just in the same way that the U.Ks method of customer service differs from the U.S.A s, simply put, I would rather hire a native English speaker to create content and marketing campaigns, as they understand our eccentricity and sense of humour in targeting our mainly UK based customers.
So what are the main attributes you should be looking out for?
In particular, virtual assistants that have had previous office experience working as an executive PA. Understanding the office environment, involvement in team work and having great communication skills in essential. At Designated PA we may work virtually around the UK, but we meet regularly for catch ups, and also have a Whatsapp group that we chat on. We are in essence, a close knit team.
What jobs can I give to a virtual assistant?
- Social Media – Who has time to create 4 highly engaging tweets a day? And what IS a hashtag anyway? As for influencers, where to start? A VA can take charge of your social media accounts and target the TOP influencers in your market. Resulting in a highly engaged audience and much needed brand awareness.
- Newsletter Campaigns – Using a newsletter to entice potential new customers/subscribers is a vital part of your growth. But with all market research needed to stay on top of trending topics, and back links to your products, its something most C.E.O’s dread! Let a VA specialising in marketing take it off your hands!
- Bills & Payments – The building blocks of your business. A late payment can be disastrous in the developing stages of your partnerships. Make sure you don’t miss another one and pass it onto a VA who specialises in book keeping.
- Recruitment – Virtual assistants can also be recruitment specialists. This can work out as a highly cost effective way to recruit much needed staff rather than signing up to a well known high street brand with extortionate commissions.
- Meetings & Events – Remove the chaos out of your conferences and ensure they run smoothly by hiring an events VA. This allows you to sit back and calmly connect with other business decision makers whilst we fill up their glasses!
- Holidays & Travel – Coming from a background in travel, I’m all too aware of the long, stressful hours I have spent searching for the best possible flight deals. And that’s just the first part! What about transport from the airport? Where to stay? The top activities and tours? Let a VA specialising in travel planning take it off your hands and book your dream getaway!
Are you looking to hire exceptionally experienced virtual assistants from an award winning and reputable PA company? Then take a look at our simple price packages, cancel at any time and let’s ease you back into productivity.