"I can have a PA with virtually no overheads?"
Yes! By taking on a virtual assistant, you won't have to fork out for any of the following:
"How could you work for me if we don't even work in the same office?"
You'd be surprised! Let me explain. A virtual assistant (VA) is able to take on all the tasks and responsibilities that you'd expect someone in a traditional PA or Executive Assistant role to undertake. However, they do so remotely or from their home office thus not taking up any of your precious office space. Typically freelancers, VAs are equipped with all the tools necessary, allowing a seamless handover of those tasks that are getting in the way of doing the parts of your job that you love.
- Digital file sharing
- Cloud-based software
- Video conference platforms
- Secure password sharing
- Screen sharing
VAs optimise cloud based technologies and secure sharing software to virtually support your business. That is not to say a VA can't attend face-to-face meetings. If you're local, I would always encourage an initial conversation over a coffee to get a full understanding of your requirements. If you're based further afield, tools such as Google Hangouts, Zoom or Skype are all just as good at putting a face to a name!
"But why wouldn't I just hire someone to work in the office with me and my team?"
Well, you certainly could do. I've been a full time, office based Executive PA for 8 years and seen first hand the huge value an admin addict like myself can bring to a business. However, what happens if you:
Don't have enough regular work to pass on to be able to justify another full time hire?
Maybe you need something unexpected completed urgently and you don't have the resource?
Perhaps your business is seasonal and it's only in the busy periods that you come unstuck?
You simply don't want to take on the additional risk and commitment that comes with employing?