What is a Virtual Assistant?
We get that question a lot. But once you know what is a Virtual Assistant is, you know – and we’d bet you may even wonder what took you so long to consider hiring one.
Simply put, a Virtual Assistant is ‘ … an independent contractor who provides administrative services to clients while operating outside of the client’s office … [and] typically operates from a home office, but is able to access the necessary planning documents, such as shared calendars, remotely. People employed as Virtual Assistants typically have several years of secretarial or office management experience.’
That’s right – a Virtual Assistant is a human person, highly skilled, trained and experienced. You know what they’re decidedly not? Siri, Alexa, HomePod or even Rosie The Robot Maid (Sorry, Jetsons fans).
Still not totally clear on what a Virtual Assistant is? Here are a few frequently asked questions answered just for you.
How Does A Virtual Assistant Differ From An In-Office Assistant?
Besides the obvious – the IRL assistant being, you know, physically present and occupying the same brick-and-mortar as you – a Virtual Assistant is a contractor. That means a business doesn’t have to provide the same benefits – 401(k), insurance, vacation and sick time, and more – that it would for a full-time employee.
What Is A Virtual Assistant’s Role?
As Virtual Assistants have become more prevalent, business owners have found countless ways to leverage Virtual Assistants in their daily operations. In fact, a Virtual Assistant’s scope of work can almost vary as much as the industries that hire them, like marketing, web design, bookkeeping, and other services. In fact, you and your Virtual Assistant are really only limited by your wants, needs and imagination.
How Much Do They Charge?
Since most Virtual Assistants work from home, this allows them to earn more – and still charge you less than their in-office counterpart. While the exact cost of a Virtual Assistant is contingent upon factors such as experience and expertise, frequency and type of work, and technical skills, you’ll get what you pay for – but still at a fraction of what it costs to hire a W-2 employee. For perspective, take a look at our Employee Burden Cost.
What Are Some Considerations Before Hiring A Virtual Assistant?
From having the right job description and post, to knowing what to ask, including assessing both soft and hard skills, to face-to-face interviews, to finally ensuring that you’ve established a remote onboarding process that sets the stage for a successful engagement, hiring a virtual employee takes a little adjustment and a slight shift to ‘the way it’s always been done.’ For more on what you should consider before hiring your first Virtual Assistant, consider these five tips to help you navigate the process.
How Do I find A Virtual Assistant to Hire – Like, Yesterday?
We thought you’d never ask – but you certainly came to the right place! At BELAY, our Virtual Assistants are highly skilled, highly vetted administrative professionals trained in a variety of support tasks. We’ll match you with the Virtual Assistant who will integrate most seamlessly with you and your existing team so you can focus on what you’re good at – or what you need to do to grow your business.
Now, it’s our turn to ask you some questions.
- Do you have to choose work over personal events?
- Do people comment that you’re hard to reach?
- Are you losing hours of your day to email?
- Are things slipping through the cracks?
- Are you missing opportunities?
Even if you answered ‘yes’ to only one of those questions, it may be time to let one of BELAY’s Virtual Assistants help. Contact us today to see how one of our Virtual Assistants can change your business – and life!