Delegate, Focus, and GROW Your Business

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Small business owners tend to be know-it-alls and do-it-alls, because most of the time, that’s a necessity. In order to truly be successful with your small business, you generally need to micromanage every facet and aspect of your business, or else success will elude you. After a while, though, running a small business, or perhaps even a medium business, doing everything can get rather tiresome.

When this happens, one of the best things that you can do for yourself is to get help. Oftentimes the best help can come in the form of a virtual assistant (VA). A virtual assistant can be known by many different names, including an online personal Assistant, virtual secretary, virtual administrative assistant, or virtual office assistant. They are all essentially the same.

A virtual assistant is better for small business than a traditional assistant in many respects. One of the best benefits is that, usually, you can hire a virtual assistant on a contract basis, which means they will work on a specific project for a specific length of time, and you can go back to them for various projects. Additionally, you can contract them to work on specific tasks constantly. More often than not, getting help this way, from a virtual assistant, is much more cost-effective than hiring a traditional administrative assistant to work with you day to day or even part-time at your business location.

What does the “virtual” mean in virtual assistant? A virtual assistant works remotely, and primarily on the Internet. For example, your primary communication method with your virtual assistant will likely be email, however, most virtual assistants are flexible in meeting your needs, and if you need to speak to them by telephone, that is likely not a problem. A virtual assistant can complete the same tasks as an administrative assistant; they simply complete it remotely and submit it to you virtually through email, though many virtual assistants will also submit projects via fax, and even telephone if you just want a quick update.

Since virtual assistants work in their own space, and frequently in a completely different state than the businesses for which they work, you do not need to worry about providing space, a computer, office supplies, and anything else that you would need for a traditional assistant. This is yet another benefit to your business bank account.

Stop trying to do it all. Get a Contemporary Virtual Assistant and watch your company grow.

Creative Commons License photo credit: marc falardeau

Posted on June 29th, 2011 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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