What is A Virtual Assistant?
Virtual Assistants (VAs) provide office & executive administration services working virtually from a remote location. This means they work from a remote location, using technological tools to perform their job duties and to stay in touch with clients, supervisors and other team members. Technological advancements and the changing mindset these developments have encouraged have had a significant impact on the use and popularity of VA services.
While administrative support defined early VA services, the breadth, and variety of service offerings available now through VAs are vast and growing. Your company can hire a Virtual Assistant to do anything from answering customer calls and handling scheduling and appointments to performing social media marketing duties and managing PR for your company.
Many VAs have particular schooling, training and skill sets that add to their value. This qualifies them to help with technical, complex projects and focus on tangible deliverables - like your blended org chart, business outcome statements, real estate lead generation, and business performance metrics. In the VA world, the services these professionals offer is virtually unlimited.
The Growth of Virtual Assistant Services
Global Workplace Analytics recently revealed that more than 4 million workers perform their jobs from home. This trend has increased 140 percent in less than 15 years. From 2015 to 2016, the number of telecommuting, self-employed workers grew slightly more than 7 percent, at 7.3%. This worker demographic includes VAs. It's a booming trend and one that forward-thinking companies are recognizing as a boon for their organizations.
The Value a VA Offers Businesses
Relying on Vas can help your company financially while boosting productivity. There are several advantages to contracting with a VA services provider over hiring a traditional assistant. Some well-known benefits include:
- Lowered employment costs
- Minimal overhead / reduced equipment expenses
- Bigger talent pool
- Enhanced productivity
Improved customer services, responsiveness, better business practices, and enhanced growth are some other potential benefits of using the services of one or more VAs. For example, a skilled marketing VA can operate as a valuable and integral resource in making your growth stack successful.
Whether you're ready to take advantage of our VA services or have questions on what a VA is, what they do and how they can help your business, MOD can help. Sign up for a Double Your Business Growth strategy session to learn more.