The first image that pops into my mind when I hear the word “assistants” are professional-looking ladies sitting behind a desk in front of their boss’ office. While that has also been a common perception of assistants in movies and TV shows, assistants are actually more than just ladies sitting pretty behind a desk.
Assistants can contribute a lot to a company’s efficiency since they attend to tasks that take up a lot of an executive officer’s precious time. Some executives actually said that they might have gone crazy a long time ago due to stress if it were not for their assistants.
These days your assistant does not even have to be physically there sitting at a desk in front of your office.This is because you can have an assistant to help you out through your computer! Of course these assistants are not literally inside your computer, actually they can be in their own homes, in a different office, or even in a different country!
These assistants are more commonly known as virtual assistants and they do similar or more tasks compare to a “real” assistant. Some of these tasks include social media optimization (if your company has a website or social media accounts), online research, bookkeeping, email management and more!
By having your own virtual assistant, you can have quite a number of benefits especially in times of need, some of these benefits include the following:
- Virtual assistants are known for being timely when it comes to tasks that are assigned to them. They do not just get a quality job done, they get it done as quickly as possible without wasting any of your time. They are also responsive and will immediately attend to your needs, especially if it is really urgent.
- They are actually more cost-efficient than hiring a “real” assistant. This is because they do not technically work for your company – THEY WORK FOR YOU, there is a difference. This means they or the company they are actually working for pays for all their benefits, income taxes, insurance, etc. It also means you do not have to buy them the equipment they need because that is theirs or their company’s responsibility.
- Virtual assistants are committed to what they do and often produce quality outputs. This eventually increases your productivity since this gives you more free time to see to other activities that cannot usually be done without your presence or attention. You will also have more time to focus on ways to improve the income of your business while your virtual assistant takes care of your somewhat “smaller” but time-consuming tasks.
Basically virtual assistants do the things you would rather not do since you have more important things in mind. They also hone your skills in delegating tasks, which is essential for every good leader. So if you find yourself drowning in piles of tasks and work, consider asking for help from a virtual assistant!