Running a SME is hard work. I think we can all agree on that.
When you start thinking about health and safety, employment, contracts and HR, your head can really start going into a spin. Office set ups are expensive, software is expensive - in fact running any business seems to be getting more and more expensive as the years progress. This is before we even start looking at how time consuming all of the above is. One thing we do know is that to be successful you have to be on top of your game and one step ahead. You built this company which means you are smart and forward thinking, so why not take advantage of tools that can make sure you stay focused on running your business. In this article we have looked at some of the services a virtual assistant offers, how they can benefit you and your business, and most importantly - how they can give you peace of mind.
Do you ever feel like you have a mountain of paperwork that just keeps getting bigger? A virtual assistant can look after the admin side for you so you stay focused on the direction of your business. From email management to invoicing and billing, a UK based VA will have a vast knowledge of administrative duties and be able to offer you a cost effective and efficient service.
Virtual assistants are able to help with a multitude of different things, one of them being HR. They have the resources to create contracts, training documents, letter templates and much more. Using a trusted VA to create these documents for you is going to save you a lot of time and worrying. Virtual assistants are also able to take over the recruitment process for you, creating job descriptions, advertising job roles and shortlisting potential candidates.
Project & Event Management
Seeing a project through from planning to completion is time consuming and stressful. When you have a number of different employees or contractors involved it is important that you stay on the ball. Whether you are planning a conference, social event, refurbishment or renovation, a VA can liase with the all parties, ensuring time scales and budgets are met.
Running a business and a home takes some work and it can leave you extremely time poor, a VA can give you some of your valuable time back by ensuring some of the things that need doing, get done. With a pretty open spectrum of tasks that VAs can assist with, I guarantee that there is something they can pick up for you. Whether it be managing your utilities, planning your travel or organising that last minute present for your partners birthday, VAs are there to help.
Diary Management & Call Handling
Ensuring you are maximising your productive time is essential to running a business. A virtual assistant can help you stay organised by managing your calls and/or your diary for you. Using a UK based VA utilising a phone set up system, will be able to give you a direct forwarding number that you can turn on/off when you need. Some will also be able to offer a personalised hold tone and custom answer service to make sure your customer service is always at an extremely high level.
The possibilities of using a virtual assistant are endless as they are highly skilled, but do not have one specific job role. A good virtual assistant is going to be attentive to your business needs and give you real returns. Using a VA means you can get things done when and how you need, without the restraints of employing someone full time. If this is something you think could benefit you or your business, contact us here.