How Virtual Assistants Are Bringing Magic Back
Updated: Sep 24, 2019
When I resigned from the company I'd been working at for the past 14.5 years, once everyone got over their shock and surprise, I was asked what I would be doing. I replied: "What I am doing now, but 'virtually' more people will benefit." The word "virtual" can be described as "not physically existing" but we definitely know that Virtual Assistants are not mythical creatures... they do indeed exist.
Traditionally, Virtual Assistants were called Personal Assistants, and they were the boss' right-hand person, the go-to person with a wealth of knowledge and information, organising their life and often being the first point of contact, the gate-keeper if you like. While PA's still exist in a traditional office setup, VA's provide the same benefit to everyone, not just the high-powered CEO in the corner office with a view.
So in essence, a Virtual Assistant is a Personal Assistant, but you don't always see them. You know who I am talking about. That person who just gets things done; the diligent, organised multi-tasker who leaves a trail of efficiency in her (or his) wake and you in awe of their ability to give you more hours in your day. They know stuff, and more importantly, they know how to get stuff done. For the boss, entrepreneur, owner of a business; having some virtual assistance will give you more time, flexibility and the ability to pay on an ad-hoc basis instead of a full-time salaried employee with benefits. Let's face it, everyone would like to have a Personal Assistant, but they can't afford one full-time. That is why a Virtual Assistant is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
How can hiring a Virtual Assistant bring magic back, you ask? Creating more time is by far the most magical thing a VA can do with the following benefits:
For starters, they don't cost an arm and a leg nor any other vital organs. Many Virtual Assistants charge hourly rates so all the things you need to do but just don't have the time to do them, ask a VA to do it. Due to their years of experience, they will more than likely do it fast and efficiently with time to spare. There are many cost benefits of hiring a Virtual Assistant but not having to pay someone full-time when you only have enough work to keep them busy for a couple of hours a day is most definitely high on the list.
Tenacious Resourcefulness - anyone knows that a good assistant is capable of making the impossible possible. To do this, you need to be relentless in your pursuit to get things done, call in favours from your network of contacts but the phrase "it can't be done" simply does not exist.
Invisibility - organising meetings, filing, following up on proposals or payments, paying invoices, renewing professional association memberships, ordering stock... everything just happens when it needs to happen. They only need to be told once and then as if by magic, things just get done.
Admin Guru - no one likes to do admin, right? Wrong! Admin is second nature to a Virtual Assistant, and keeping your business organised gives them a sense of accomplishment. Your success is as vital to them as their success.
So while Virtual Assistants are not mythical creatures, they do have magical powers. Contact Officility today to find out how we can add more magic to your business.