Wednesday 21 May 2014

Guest Blog How your business or start-up could benefit from a Virtual Assistant (VA)

Guest Blog post by Rebecca Newenham of Get Ahead VA

Introduction – Why A VA?
As an entrepreneur you have to be an expert multi tasker.  Usually everything falls down to you – there is no IT or HR department to go to.  But this doesn’t mean that you have to do it all alone.  Using a virtual assistant could be the perfect solution to add value to your business, without adding as much cost as you might think.
Virtual Assistance is really taking off: many people are starting to appreciate the great things VAs can do to help all kinds of businesses save money and time, make the most of what they have to offer and focus on the key things they do best.  Small business owners are acknowledging that not only do they need help, they deserve it, too – and they are not putting it off any longer.

What a VA can achieve
Highly skilled experts, VAs can help with email marketing, cold calling, database research, social media management, administration, PR, design, bookkeeping and much, much more.  You may be surprised to find out just how much a Virtual Assistant can achieve in an hour.  Here are 10 examples of what a VA could deliver for you and your business in just 60 minutes:
1.       Call 25-30 prospects
2.       Update Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts
3.       Mail merge 50-100 letters including stuffing envelopes and mailing
4.       Enter 75 contacts into Excel
5.       Edit and proof read an A5 page report
6.       Balance a monthly bank statement
7.       Research travel, hotel and meeting facilities
8.       Submit a press release
9.       Transcribe a half hour of audio
1.   Produce membership name badges

The benefit of working with a VA is that you pay by the hour for exactly the work you need, when you need it.  As a small business owner this makes sure you that you keep the flexibility of being able to work where you want, when you want.  You get to cherry pick the very best experts in the areas that you need assistance on.  No people coming to your house, sitting around waiting for work - no holiday pay or sick pay – just support as and when you need it.

Reaping the rewards
There is so much more to Virtual Assistance than meets the eye – in fact, it can extend to wherever your imagination takes you.  A good VA can be worth their weight in gold.  They can grow your business and help you generate more sales.  In fact, with the right VA, anything is possible!

If you would like to receive our top tips or to talk further about how a virtual assistant could transform your business then please give us a call on 01483 332220.  Here at Get Ahead VA we pride ourselves on being the staff you don’t see, but the difference you do.

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