What is a virtual assistant and why do I need one?

What exactly is a virtual assistant?

When people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them that I’m a virtual assistant, I often get a lot of blank looks! To be honest, I don’t even think that some of my closest family members know what it is that I actually do!

In this blog, I wanted to tell you a little more about what a virtual assistant is and debunk some myths about the industry!

According to Wikipedia, “a virtual assistant (typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.”

As a virtual assistant, I’m a self-employed service provider who can assist with any administrative tasks in your business. Whether you require ongoing support or ad hoc assistance, I’m here to free up your time by taking care of the tasks that you simply don’t have time to deal with or don’t want to deal with!

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by increasing piles of paperwork, a mountain of emails, or you simply don’t have enough time in the day to complete all your general tasks, a virtual assistant can help.

However, there’s so much more to being a virtual assistant than just admin! I like to think of myself as a Virtual Girl Friday; here to assist your business in any way that I can, so that you can spend valuable time on what you do best – running and growing your business. Whether it be sourcing supplies for an event, sending greetings cards to your favourite clients or organising travel for your business trip, I can help!

Each virtual assistant has their own unique combination of expertise and skills. I’m a little different from other VAs as I’m also a copywriter but that’s something to tell you about in a different blog article!

Why would you hire a virtual assistant over a member of staff?

Well, there are several reasons. Here are just a few:

A virtual assistant is self-employed, so there’s no hassle or cost in relation to payroll, tax, National Insurance contributions, maternity pay, sick pay or holiday pay.

You only pay for time that you use. It’s all tracked with software too!

There’s no commitment. If you just need ad hoc support every now and again, then that’s fine.

Perhaps most importantly of all, a virtual assistant is a business owner. I understand what it’s like to run a business and I want to provide you with the best possible service so that you will hopefully recommend me to others.

Am I the right girl for you?

Well, I have over ten years of office experience under my belt, having first worked in the legal sector and then in the creative marketing industry. I’m highly-organised and efficient, and I believe in providing all my clients with exceptional levels of service and value for money. I’m professional, friendly, reliable and I absolutely love my job! I like to think that I’m a lot of fun to work with too!

I don’t work the usual Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. I understand that your business needs are fluid and I don’t charge any extra for working evenings or weekends. Simply let me know your requirements and timescales, and I will always do my utmost to fit your workload into my schedule.

If you’d like to see if I am indeed the right girl for you, discuss how I could help your business, find out about some of the work that I’ve done in the past and generally get to know me, then let’s meet up for a coffee and a chat!

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