There’s no doubt that there’s a growing number of business that want to hire a virtual assistants as a modern way of cutting down on their workload.
VAs offer services based on their skill sets, meaning businesses can hire them to work on specific tasks remotely, rather than employing a full-time office person.
As well as seasoned professionals setting up a business from a fully-equipped home office, many companies are opening up opportunities for staff to work from home, too.
The Society of Virtual Assistants,has found there are now more than 2500 VAs offering their services to more than 13,000 businesses – and that number is growing.
However, despite proof that VAs save overloaded business owners time and money, there are still many doubts about how effective their services are when compared with employing somebody.
So, what are these doubts that businesses have?
Well, the idea that VAs sit in their pyjamas with their feet up staring at their laptop all day has long gone. There’s plenty of VAs proving themselves to work efficiently and organise their workload so that they can meet the demands of several clients – all from their home office.
Oh, and they dress as if headed for the office, too.
Here are some views I’ve heard about why business owners think a VA won’t help their business.
If this sounds like you as a manager, I’m going to squash these misbeliefs and tell you the real deal!
Managers Can’t Tell What’s Being Done
I’ve met managers who are doubtful about a VA’s services simply because they don’t work from the same office. There’s the idea that not seeing what a VA is doing directly means they can’t tell if the work is being done the way they want it, to the standard they want – or that they can’t seeing that tasks are being done at all!
More than this, they feel like they can’t quickly tell update their VA on project changes because they’re not at the next desk.
Let me tell you, though. There’s plenty of ways you can tell what a VA is doing when you aren’t in the same office!
Tools like Google Docs are great for seeing who is working on documents and the live changes being made to a document. You can also see past changes, who has made them and when.
As with employees, you can set your VA deadlines, agree how to go about providing regular updates on the task, such as providing screenshots or a free screen sharing tool, such as Team Viewer.
These sharing tools enable remote access to your VA’s computer remotely so that you can show them how you need something done. Or allow your VA to access your computer!
Agree with your VA how best to make themselves accountable for each task works well. This can be a daily or weekly breakdown of completed tasks, a checklist of customers called or a shared spreadsheet document.
Need a meeting to go over details? Send your VA a quick email and set up a time to talk that same day.