We all have 24 hours in a day, but it’s the same old story – there just never seems to be enough time to get things done! Like a rat on a hamster wheel, it feels like you’re running rampant but never really getting ahead. Same story, every day.
Even with the best of intentions (the best lists, the best schedules, the best goals), it’s often the little bits of essential admin that can keep us from truly steaming ahead. It’s not that the admin is particularly difficult – it’s just that it takes up so much time, which we already established is the one thing that we can never find enough of.
Has anyone ever said to you – “You need a VA!” For many of you reading this, I bet you looked at that person like they had two heads! If anyone had said to me 10 years ago that I would eventually be running my own VA agency, my response would have been – a “what” agency?! I’m terrible with acronyms at the best of times (I know this because I have a teenage daughter who speaks in acronyms), so learning about the world of VA’s was quite intriguing for me. Thanks to COVID, virtual assistants experienced a huge surge in popularity, as countries went into lockdown. The world shifted, businesses were forced to adapt, and people basically realised that the majority of us can all work from home quite successfully, albeit almost better than we do working from an office.
So what is a VA?
A Virtual Assistant is an experienced professional who provides administrative, technical, or creative services to clients virtually. Usually coming from well-rounded backgrounds, VA’s tend to be a “jack-of-all-trades”, often wearing many hats and seemingly able to complete a variety of tasks with adeptness and flexibility. This is especially great for those businesses who need someone to look after their admin, but aren’t in a position or aren’t wanting to take on an employee. Essentially, your VA becomes an extension of your business, fitting in with your schedule to help you meet your deadlines in line with your needs.
Need someone to type up your meeting minutes or do your data entry? Create a presentation or write your reports? Chase outstanding debtors? Answer your incoming reception calls or handle your sales calls? Manage your diary and travel arrangements or schedule your appointments? Manage your social media or just your life in general?
A virtual assistant can do all of these things – and more!
Regardless of what kind of business you own, a virtual assistant can be a key component to you achieving success. How? By giving you the one thing that we all crave the most – Time. Time to meet with new clients. Time to grow and develop your team. Time to start those new initiatives that have been put on the backburner. Time to focus on whatever it is that you do best.