Most entrepreneurs often leave out the importance of productivity when it comes to growing their business. It’s not a shortcoming per se. It’s just that the idea of getting more clients is too dominating than aiming to increase productivity.
On the other hand, we should understand that…An increase in productivity means more prospects. Click To Tweet
And more prospects lead in more money. This is why smart business owners hire virtual assistants. VAs don’t just boost your productivity, but they also help your business grow in a lot of ways.
1. Re-direct your savings to other parts of the business
One of the top reasons people hire online is to reduce their business overhead cost. A VA costs less compared to a regular or full-time employee, because the business owner does not pay benefits. Not to mention office space and equipment!
In 2015, reports show that hiring virtual executive assistants can save businesses as much as 40% in expenses. How? Well, you don’t need to allocate funds for the essentials. A VA covers his or her own expenses for Internet bandwidth, power, and rent.
These savings can then be re-channeled to other aspects of your business, such as an online marketing campaign, or an upgrade to your operating systems.
2. Bring in reliable manpower
As your business volume begins to increase, but slows down turnaround time for outputs and deliverables, it may be time to start scaling up.
Employees are the foundation of a business. When the time comes you need to add more manpower, go for home-based staff. VAs will not only save you money but keep your business flexible as well.
- Assign the VAs to shifts that require greater attention
- You spend less time training because they already have the experience and competency level to get the job done
- Choose to go from one VA to another once a particular task is done and you need another skill set
3. No training required
Except for tasks that require specific type of training, a home-based staff is generally experienced and savvy when it comes to common tasks. They know what tools to use and how to setup a system that is workable for both of you.
Training up new employees can mean time and money down the drain. VA agencies have selected remote workers for their experience and skills. You just need to discuss the end result that you want and the VA will start right away.
Look for companies that have a VA replacement guarantee. They will provide you fully managed staff and will replace your current VA if he or she does not perform to your expectations.
4. Organize your business and delegate minor tasks
A common weakness of most entrepreneurs is their lack of organizational skill.
It’s just that…
Yet, one must remember that organizing things leads to greater productivity.
Organizational skills and traits are conveniently one of the VA’s strengths. If you find yourself too stressed out and don’t even have time to organize your business, then maybe it’s time for some help.
A online employee can setup a virtual workplace where everything about project management is properly shared and tracked from start to finish. Thus, it makes it easier to delegate work, collaborate, and track performance with your virtual team.
The following are some of the minor tasks you can delegate to your remote employee:
- Inbound/outbound phone calls
- Replying/filtering email
- Customer support
- Calendar management
- Appointment setting
- CRM updates
- Ad posting
- Payroll preparation
5. Benefit from technical or specialized skills
We all have our weaknesses. You are good at running the whole shebang but stuff like website update or social media management seems too confusing for you.
Fortunately, virtual employees keep up to date with the trends in the online marketing world. Plus, what might take you all day to work out could probably be just a two-hour task for a VA.
Personal or administrative assistant services are most requested but you can also find VAs with more specialized and technical skills. They accommodate demand across a wide scope of services such as:
- Digital marketing
- Website design and development
- Domain registration and website hosting
- Real Estate
- Content management
- Audio/video transcription
There are tons of possibilities for building a team of virtual assistants to cover different areas of your business. If properly utilized, a VA can become one of the greatest assets in growing your business, guaranteed to lower your business costs without compromising quality and productivity.