If you feel like you have a million and one things to do and not enough time or resource to get them all done some additional help would be great wouldn’t it? However, perhaps you don’t want to commit to a full time member of staff with all the costs and training that involves, so what’s the solution? You might have heard of a virtual support team but how are they really going to help you grow your business?
1. Redistribute your budget.
The most popular reason for people hiring a virtual assistant is to reduce their cost of business. Compared to a regular or full-time employee, a virtual assistant costs less because the business owner does not pay recruitment costs or any benefits.
As a virtual assistant is the owner of their business you don’t have to cover the cost of office space, internet bandwidth, power or equipment fees. It has been estimated that hiring virtual assistants can save you as much as 40% in business expenses.
These savings can then be moved into other aspects of your business, such as marketing campaigns, an upgrade to a key piece of equipment or simply to improve your cash flow.
2. Organise your business.
With many plates to spin it can be incredibly difficult to remain organised especially if you’re focussed on gaining new business in order to grow your enterprise. However, organisation encourages greater productivity.
Fortunately, what may be your weakness (or simply something you don’t like doing) is our strength. We have the experience to help you find the best frameworks for a system that will organise your business. If you are not tech-savvy, our team can set up a virtual workplace where everything from project management and file-sharing, to time-keeping and communication can be accomplished.
A virtual workplace can make it easier to get more done and allow you to delegate work, track performance and collaborate frequently.
3. Delegate non-essential tasks.
One of the best reasons to work with a virtual support team is to give yourself more hours in the day! You do this by giving us all your important but nonessential tasks. These might include:
- Email filtering
- Calendar management
- Appointment setting
- CRM updates
- Social media management
While you probably have the skills to do these tasks, you will definitely not have the time. And even if you do, your available time is better spent on activities that generate revenue.
4. Scale your business.
If your financials show that your volume of business has been steadily and constantly increasing, but some of your key drivers (time, team, money & delivery) are out of balance – perhaps you’re even more pressed for time or your delivery performance has dropped off – it may be time to take your business to the next level.
Scaling your business will require additional people-power to accommodate the increasing volume of work. At this point, the last thing you’ll want to do is to impede your momentum due to poor service or inventory shortfalls. So, whilst the desire and need is there to add more team members it may be that, due to wide cost differentials, full-time employees for every required function are out of the question.
A virtual support team, however, will not only keep your incremental costs lower but keep your business flexible. How?
- You spend less time training because we already already have the experience and key competencies to get the job done.
- We offer a ‘no-contract’ easy set up – so you can benefit from our services when (and how often) you need them.
5. Build a strategic partnership.
A common misconception of people not familiar with virtual assistants or a virtual support team is that these are merely “hired guns”: Once they have completed the assignment, they will leave you for the next one. But that is far from the truth. Keep in mind, for instance, that we’re a small business too. Like you, we want to grow our enterprise and know that our service and quality of work is vital in order to maintain your custom.
Shared interest equals a strategic partnership. If you’re happy for us to do so we can even offer ideas to help you make improvements to your processes and offer advice regarding company culture.
We’re more than just a group of people contracted to complete a project from a remote location using the Internet – we can become your “secret weapon” in building your business. Whilst you’re at the ‘growing’ stage of your business we can lower your business costs (versus a full time member of staff) without compromising your productivity.