Over the past 2 years, there has been a huge rise in Virtual Assistants and their popularity, with many businesses recognising the need for them. Offering a vast set of skills, Virtual PAs can cater to your needs in ways office-based administrative assistants can’t. VAs can do regular office-related tasks like email management and data input, as well as the more digital related tasks like social media management and online presence. Not all Virtual Assistants have the same skill set but they still offer a lot of services you can’t get with office-based administrators.
With the diverse skill sets available, the likelihood is there will be a VA out there for every type of company across many sectors. But there are still some businesses that are hesitant to hire one considering them to bring a risk as they work remotely, and it can be difficult to monitor their work.
However, there is a reason why Virtual Assistants get more and more popular every year. For a lot of people, the benefits of hiring them far outweigh the risks, and a VA is relatively more affordable to hire compared to an office-based worker.
Many businesses are looking at ways to cut down on office expenditure, and with the growth of co-working spaces, business owners have less space for full time employees and are turning to collaborations with other freelancers to complete business tasks. Many start-ups find that Virtual Assistants are relatively cheaper, not only because of the physical advantages of not having to provide desk space and equipment, but as many work ad-hoc and are flexible with their working times you pay for what you use. Experts have calculated that VAs can achieve around a 40% saving.
Another possible key to their popularity is due to technological advancements.
Virtual services, technological and digital advances are key innovations for the success of small businesses, but development is at such a pace that although in some ways it assists business operations, business owners are getting busier and are seeing an increase in things they have to do meaning effective time management is more difficult for them.
Virtual Assistant skills and experience are far beyond that of a normal assistant, and they have proven to be able to handle jobs quickly and effectively, with many offering the digital skills many businesses are missing.
Business owners are reporting an increase in productivity and business owners have said that hiring a Virtual Assistant helps to avoid the possibility of burning out.
Owners of start-ups in particular usually try to do everything they possibly can by themselves to save on costs. But no matter how good you are at what you do, you’ll never be able to do everything well and of course there will be times when you need a break.
The demand for Virtual Assistants is set to rise even higher, and their skill sets will also widen accordingly. Writing skills, video editing, and content production is emerging, with some predicting that these will become standard skills.