Have you heard people say “you need a Virtual Assistant (VA)”? What does this actually mean? How can a Virtual Assistant help your business? This article is designed to give you an insight into this topic. Discover how this resource can benefit you and give you an opportunity to leverage your time. As business owners, our time is precious. It is important that we do not spend valuable time on tasks that do not generate income for our business.
What is a Virtual Assistant (VA)?
A VA is a highly skilled professional who provides office support of an administrative nature. They service entrepreneurs such as Consultants, Executive Coaches, HR Departments and other businesses. Our business (High Touch Virtual Solutions) targets the HR Professional and anyone working in the learning space. Usually, these clients do not wish to employ administration support to sit in their office.
How is a Virtual Assistant different from an employee in my office?
Virtual Assistants are freelance workers which is a desirable option. Why? You are not required to pay taxes, national insurance, workplace insurance and holiday pay. You also do not need to provide a desk or any technology for the Virtual Assistant to support you.
What can YOU outsource to a VA?
Many Virtual Assistants specialise in different niches. A HR Virtual Assistant can provide the following support but this list is not exhaustive:
- HR Projects
- Project management for Learning and Development programmes
- Recruitment drives
- General Admin support
- Budgets – expense and revenue tracking and invoicing
- Proof reading – your second set of eyes to check your written materials and graphics
- Manage, schedule and confirm your appointments
- Email management
- Qualifying your potential clients
- Database management
and much more!
How does a VA work?
A VA works remotely in their home office. They communicate via emails, telephone and utilise tools such as Skype or Zoom. They transfer files using technology such as Dropbox, Box and Google Drive (G Suite). Whatsapp is often employed as a means to chat virtually on a regular basis. I find this extremely valuable when I programme manage leadership programmes in different areas across the globe.
What else can a VA do?
As you can see, Virtual Assistant services are not restricted to PA services. They extend to technical skills such as website development, Digital Marketing, Event Management, Podcasting and Shopping Cart set up.
If you would like to find out more about how an HR Virtual Assistant can help you, please contact us by completing this form or give us a call.
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