Entrepreneurs and business leaders often make the mistake of thinking that they can do it all, when in reality it’s much more productive to delegate to a virtual assistant. Effective delegation is about focusing your time and skills on the top priority tasks that help your business to grow. A virtual assistant can help you to prioritise, and bring structure and balance into your professional and personal life by taking responsibility for the administrative based jobs that slow down your progress. Best of all, you can receive professional, expert assistance for a fraction of the cost of an in-house assistant. Intrigued? Here’s why you should choose a virtual assistant:
A virtual assistant’s main priority is to help you reach your full potential, whether that’s in the office or at home. When you outsource work to an assistant, you are freeing up your time to concentrate on your passions and properly utilise your abilities and strengths. Time is one of life’s most precious assets so it’s crazy to waste it on researching the best deals for a family holiday, updating spreadsheets, managing payroll or posting tweets when you could be networking, creating partnerships, developing strategies or spending time with your family. All too often entrepreneurs and CEOs get bogged down in the details, and never see any real return for their efforts. A virtual assistant will help you to realise your goals and refocus your attention. Plus, you only pay a virtual employee for the hours they work, unlike an in-house assistant who you pay to procrastinate, make coffee or scroll through Facebook.
According to our research it will cost you 137% more to employ a personal assistant in UK compared to the cost of hiring an AVirtual assistant. Let’s break it down: an average annual salary for a UK personal assistant is currently £24,731 (according to PayScale), add in the obligatory employer’s national insurance contributions of £2,333 and you’re up to a whopping £27,064. Then there’s renting office space, which in the UK costs an average of £4,638 per person per year. There’s the administration costs too, such as software licences, HR and office supplies. Even if you’re especially tight, all the extras add up to around £1,300 a month. So you end up paying £33,002 per annum. Even our top range, enterprise plan for up to 80 hours of dedicated, professional assistance a month works out at just £10,140 annually, whilst our starter package is £1,620 a year (£135 a month). The numbers speak for themselves.
The difference between hiring a good and a great assistant is huge with regards to the impact it will have on your productivity, but recruitment takes time. Whereas if you use a professional virtual services company, they’ll do all the hard work for you at no extra cost. At AVirtual, we handpick all of our virtual assistants and put them through our intensive Seven Point Training programme so that we can guarantee consistent quality of work. We also ask our clients to submit a profile so that we can match them with the most suitable virtual assistant based on their personality and specialist skills. More than that though, we provide constant technical support to ensure your virtual assistant is never offline and in case of holiday or sick leave, we provide our clients with a fully-prepped cover. We also make sure that all of our virtual assistants are familiar with the latest productivity tools so that they can make suggestions to improve communication and processes.
Our clients are never required to sign a contract or make a long term commitment, which is especially useful if you’re new to the virtual world or only require assistance for a certain project. You can choose the hours you require and change or cancel the package at any time. We find that most of our clients are so impressed by their dedicated virtual assistant that they choose to increase their assistant’s hours and responsibilities, but if it’s not for you, then we won’t be offended. To start with, why not make the most of our free 5 hour trial? You don’t need to give us your credit card details or make any kind of promises, we just want you to experience the benefits of AVirtual first-hand.
If you’d love to work with a virtual assistant, but you’re not sure how it will work for you, why not try our 5 hour free trial? No credit card or sign up required, just see how an AVirtual assistant can change your life. Request one now.
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