We have given you some great reasons to hire and work with a virtual assistant, or a virtual assistant team but there is one more big advantage to working with a VA that needs to be discussed – just how having a virtual assistant on your side can give you a competitive edge over your competition.
The Small Business Owner’s Dilemma
Any small business owner or solo entrepreneur is familiar with this dilemma – there are a million and one things to do to grow your small business and there are only 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week. And you are only one person.
When most people start a business they do so because they have a great idea. They devise a great product, can provide a great service. They are innovators in their niche and are starting their own business to follow their dreams.
It all sounds great and in many ways it is but quickly any small business owner realizes that in addition to executing their vision they also have to take on a number of roles they re perhaps no so enthused about. Accountant, marketer, publicist, secretary, all positions that are crucial to the success of pretty much any business but if a single person – the business owner – is struggling to take all of these roles on then when will they find the time to actually do what they do best – innovate?
Then there is the competition. Every small business has some, usually a company of about their size as well. Entrepreneurship is alive and well all over the world and in order to really succeed small business owners have to find a way to gain an edge over their competition.
Its not enough just to have a better product or offer a better service, although that of course is a really great start. A small business owner needs to get the word out about their services to their target audience and that in itself can be a full time job. That is where hiring a virtual assistant can give you the competitive edge you need.
How Can a Virtual Assistant Help You Beat the Competition?
There are so many ways that hiring a virtual assistant can give you that competitive edge you are looking for. A VA can help you with so many different tasks, leaving you free to do what you do best. A virtual assistant can balance your books and collect your revenues. They can make sure that your business is seen on all the right places on-line. They can make sure that your company remains active in the all important social media arena. So while your competitors struggle to keep track of all these tasks alone you are out there actually doing whatever it was you got into the business for in the first place.
Why a VA? Why Not Hire a “Real Person”?
The biggest reason that many small business owners delay taking on a full time staff is a fiscal one – they simply cannot afford to. Hiring a person to work with you in a physical sense costs a lot more than just the salary they demand on an hourly basis. There are insurance considerations, benefits, holidays, you need to buy equipment for them to use, find them a space to sit. All rather expensive prospects.
None of those costs come attached to hiring a virtual assistant, or a team of virtual assistants. And because if you work with a Wirewalkers VA team you are hiring people who come from all over the world, working in all different time zones. If you need someone to work at times that a physical employee would not be available it is not a problem.
Hiring a virtual assistant can also give you a competitive edge by giving you someone else to sound your ideas off, someone who can be a little more objective than your friends and family. Your VA probably has skills and experiences that you do not, nor do you really have the time to develop. By hiring a Wirewalkers Virtual Assistance Team your small business can effectively gain a marketing department, a PR department, an accounts department, all things that bigger businesses can afford to have in house but you never thought you could have yet – until now.