small business support

Yes! We Still Support Small Businesses

Yes! We Still Support Small Businesses

It’s how Impact got started and we still love working with motivated, (often, over-worked), talented Entrepreneurs. Sometimes it can be hard for business owners to identify what exactly to delegate when working with one of our Administrative Assistants. After all, they’re used to doing everything themselves! Below are some tasks we often handle for clients:

An Insightful Reminder to the Endless Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant – Part II

Last month I had published some reminders on the endless benefits of hiring Virtual Assistants (VAs).  If you haven’t been sold just yet, here are a few more!  VAs really can make life so much easier; whether it’s for a small business, large business, or just to alleviate stress in your personal life.  Check out a few more helpful pointers that might just sway your decision.  Especially on days like today, when its 80 degrees and you want to get out for that hike at the lake, motorcycle ride, or even simply, a long walk with the dog. More simple reminders on the many benefits to hiring a VA:

  • Most tasks performed by an employee, can be performed by a VA.  This is a given.  VAs come with all specializations and backgrounds/skill sets.  They may even have a greater skill set than your own employees!
  • lakeVAs tend to have their own network of resources, saving you time and money.  When you hire someone with a specialized skill set, they accumulated those skills through their own network of friends and past experiences.  When you have a particular task that needs to be accomplished, you not only have the assistant to perform the task, they bring their own resources to perform the job correctly.
  • VAs can bring solutions to your problems.  Are you not feeling creative today?  Do you have a PowerPoint that must be finalized by the end of the week?  Well, what better way to accomplish a goal than to obtain someone else’s perspective?  Might just be the open door to new clients and flourishing business opportunities.
  • No strangers in your home.  If you work from home, hiring a VA means that you won’t need to deal with the headaches of having strangers in your home.  They work from their own office.
  • No obligations.  I would certainly recommend screening your VAs to verify all credentials, but the best thing is: if you are not fond of them, you have no obligations to keep them.  As well, VAs can be hired for short term assignments.  Sometimes quick and easy isn’t a bad thing.
  • VAs are professionals.  All good VAs have past corporate experiences.  In addition, they have the experience of being a business owner themselves.  Again, another way to get a great perspective on your tasks, and professional solutions to your processes.
  • Stop paying for breaks.   VAs bill for project work by project or by the hour.  They do not charge for breaks and they are able to focus on each project, saving you project costs and ensuring deadlines are met within your proposed budget.
  • Need to relocate?  One of the best benefits! What if you have to move?  Guess what?  You already have your VA base and considering they work from their own office, this means no additional moving expenses for your business where the VA is concerned.  You move and they stay where they are at!

Again, these are just a few of the simple reminders as to how Virtual Assistants can positively change the work flow at your business or increase the quality of life that you wish to have for yourself.  Are you dreaming of that seven day vacation or even just a long weekend away from work?  Impact Virtual Services can help with this decision making process and guide you in the best direction which will assist your needs most efficiently.  Make an appointment with us today.   We’d love to be part of your solution.

An Insightful Reminder to the Endless Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant – Part I

Earlier this year, I had written a three part series on deciding whether or not a Virtual Assistant (VA) is the right choice for your small business or possible enhancement to your personal life.  The articles demonstrated how to organize your priorities into task lists, and then evaluate those priorities into categories as to which tasks would be beneficial for you to self-perform versus which could be delegated to an assistant. From that point, I explained how to search for the most appropriate VA, whether tailored to a particular subject matter such as legal or real estate, or be able to provide a multitude of support.  If you did not act on my marvelous suggestions, have no worries!  There is still time to soak in the benefits of how helpful VAs are and how much easier they can make your life become.

If you act on these suggestions now, you may actually have a chance to enjoy some of that beach time you’ve been dreaming about all winter.

The following are simple reminders on the benefits to hiring a VA:

  • No extra expenses with a VA, such as benefits or vacation pay.  VAs are ideally consultants.  As they work for themselves, they purchase their own benefits, insurance, and there is no paid time off from you.
  • VAs use their own equipment.  That’s right!  No need for you to buy new laptops and printers, not to mention office supplies, as they already have these enjoy summeritems in their home offices.  If you were to hire a new employee at your office headquarters, this would be one of the first additional costs for your business’ overhead.
  • No extra office space required.  VAs have the pleasure of working from home and can be as close or as far to your business as necessary.  Save on construction expansions and go spend a day at the beach with your family.
  • Only pay for the time VAs charge to your project.  By giving a VA a task, they charge you when their time is complete.  You are not paying for down time.  Thus, their time is as efficient as you can expect.  Although, you want to ensure you choose a VA with the appropriate background that can complete your tasks precisely, accurately, and efficiently.
  • VAs are hard working and reliable.  VAs rely on steady income streams just like the rest of us.  They are competitive and will work hard to keep their business successful.  This means that if you choose someone of credibility, they will go the extra mile for perfection and will work hard to keep stability with your business relationship.
  • VAs can assist with specialized tasks.  Do you have real estate work that you need assistance with?  How about legal documents that you need help with?  Sometimes VAs are simply retired lawyers and real estate agents, or those that no longer practice full time.  Of course the more specialized skill sets will most likely require additional charges, but again, this still saves you time and money in the long run.
  • No agency fees when hiring a VA.  Have you ever hired a temp for your business?  This usually involves increased costs through an agency and no real guarantee that the employee will be around for any additional tasks you may need assigned in the future.  With a VA, you will not only avoid agency fees, you will also have a consistent contact for future assignments.
  • VAs are more apt to work outside of normal business hours.  As VAs have a flexible schedule, you may be able to assign a given task at the end of the day and find that it’s been completed and ready for you first thing in the morning. Wouldn’t that be a nice surprise, versus paying overtime to the employee that has to stay past 5 o’clock?
  • Expertise in the areas you are not.   Are you terrible at organizational skills?  How about developing a Power Point with all of the bells and whistles?  VAs are specialized and administration support is a key element with their background skills.  If you put their expertise to work, you will most likely not be disappointed.
  • Office pressure amongst co-workers lessens.  Is there a deadline to meet and Sam won’t be able to get everything accomplished on time?  Well, send a partial amount of the work to Shelly and let her work from her home office.  Through proper email correspondence and phone communication, you’ll have a polished product in no time.

Again, these are just a few of the simple reminders as to how Virtual Assistants can positively change the work flow at your business or increase the quality of life that you wish to have for yourself.  Do you find yourself wanting a few extra days off this summer?  Do you have a few things that you would love to have taken off your plate?  Impact Virtual Services can help with this decision making process and guide you in the best direction that will assist your needs most efficiently.  Make an appointment with us today.   We’d love to be part of your solution.

Stay tuned for more pointers in upcoming posts.  Keep positive and enjoy the beautiful weather to come.