As any small business owner can agree, starting and growing a business can be both stressful and demanding.

Every business owner has their own reason for starting a business but ultimately it boils down to one main thing:  we are good at what we do and want to be able to share that with the community.

Unfortunately, it’s never as simple as doing only what you love to do.  Running a small business is fraught with paperwork, accounting, marketing, and a huge number of other bits and pieces that unwittingly turns you into a sort of ‘jack of all trades.’

Seeking assistance in the running of your growing business can often ADD stress, rather than reduce it, at least to the budget.  The volume of work to be done has come to a point where it seems to outweigh hours in the day.  It’s time for another staff member – but the budget is still screaming ‘I can’t afford one’!

That’s where a virtual assistant comes in!

A Virtual Assistant is simply cost-effective way of outsourcing the administrative tasks and projects that you’d rather set aside so that you can focus on what is most important to you.  But there is so much more to that!  Here are just 5 reasons why you need a Virtual Assistant:

Save Money

You’ve reached the point where you know you need to take on an employee to help you out.  You’ve determined that the wages may be achievable within your budget, but the costs don’t end there. On top of the wage you will pay, even just for occasional casual assistance, there is:

  • Payroll tax
  • Superannuation contribution
  • Sick and Annual Leave – if the employee is part time or full time, you’ll be paying for days they aren’t even there
  • Addition of, or potential increase of, business and workers compensation insurances
  • Equipment – your new staff member will need a desk, chair, a computer and accessories, a printer, a phone, a printer … the list can go on!
  • Overheads – will you need a bigger office?  What about things like increased electricity usage?

 

When you hire a virtual assistant, you pay a tax invoice.  That’s it, nothing more complex.  The equipment?  They have their own.  The overheads?  Sorted!

Put simply – the effect that a virtual assistant will have on your profit margin would be considerably less.

 

Anywhere, Anytime

If there is one thing, I know it’s that technology is a wonderful thing.  The internet and laptops have truly given businesses a whole lot of freedom!

 

A virtual assistant isn’t bound to your office, nor even the same town or state as you.  They have the flexibility to find ways to be creative with their time to ensure their clients get the most out of them.

I’ll give you an example:

The In-House Admin

Your in-house administration assistant works in your office and handles all tasks in person. They usually follow the usual 9-5 working hours.

The Virtual Assistant Scenario

Your virtual assistant has the flexibility to work anytime, anywhere, weekends and holidays!

 

Simply put – virtual assistance is an incredibly FLEXIBLE option for your business!

 

More Productivity, Less Stress

It’s simple: you hand over the tasks that are boring, time consuming, and lower priority to you.  The virtual assistant does them for you!  Meanwhile, you’re happily working away on the things that will actually boost your profit margin and bring you more professional satisfaction.

It can help gain time with the family, too!

 

Professional Assistance

Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses. You’ll find that virtual assistants are backed by quite a number of years administrative experience, whether across a variety of industries or with a more specialised focus.

Admin is their thing – they can help you get it done and get it done right!

 

They Can Focus on The Task at Hand

In a standard work environment, administration can be unpredictable.  The quality of work can be affected by constant phone interruptions, time constraints, and conflicting deadlines.

A virtual assistant is in control of their workload and planning.  Clients requiring urgent deadlines will always happen, however the virtual assistant knows what they can and cannot do.  They will structure their weekly plan and set aside specific days or times toward each task and will then focus solely on that.

The benefit to you:  increased quality of work and productivity.

 

Get in contact with a Dragonfly Virtual Services today and find out how we can assist you!

 

Written by Katrina Green

 

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Founder of SA Mums in Business, and number one fan for SA local business.