Virtual PA’s are quickly becoming a must-have for small business owners. Why should you struggle with that overload of work, do you really need that full-time member of staff, with all the extra costs? Working with a Virtual PA is so easy and cost effective!
When working with a Virtual PA, you remain entirely in control, as you decide how many hours per day/week/month you require support for - you control your expenditure.
Other benefits of using a Virtual PA include:
No need for office space as a Virtual PA works on a freelance, self-employed basis from their own home, no pension, sick pay or holiday pays to worry about, no need to spend hours sifting through CV’s or endless hours interviewing the right candidate, you only pay for the hours you need.
Virtual PA’s will have a confident and solid all-around skill set and be very confident in the support you require. However, in order to get the best out of your Virtual PA, it is best to choose one that you gel with. Everyone works in different ways and has a different personality and work ethic, so finding someone that matches your way of thinking and your ideologies have the benefits of getting to know each other better quicker. The more your Virtual PA gets to know you, the less they will need to confirm details with you and the more they will quickly work the way you want. This will make the delegation process a lot smoother and quicker.
Virtual PA’s usually have a stable PA or EA background with numerous years of experience. On top of that, a lot of Virtual PA’s will have skills such as bookkeeping or marketing as well as a specialist background, for example in the financial sector, medical or publishing.
When those urgent jobs come in out of the blue and need to be completed imminently – a perfect example of when a Virtual PA can get you out of a sticky situation.
So there is no reason why you cannot find a Virtual PA to support you, with a proven track record, in the field you specialise in.
There is virtually no limit as to the tasks a Virtual PA can help with. The most popular include:
- Email Management / Filtering
- Diary / Calendar Management
- Call answering services
- Travel bookings
- Receptionist duties
- File Management and Database building
- Personal errands
- Transcription and minute taking
- Setting up and managing Social media accounts and blogs
- Report writing and word processing
- Setting up and managing Newsletters and Autoresponders
- PDF and slideshow presentations
Virtual PA’s can charge by the hour or a set price for a specific job. A reputable Virtual PA will always work to a specification and be able to provide references for previous work or from existing clients.
When used correctly, a good bond and working relationship will be established with your Virtual PA, they will soon become an essential and integral part of your business.