Knowing how a Virtual Assistant can benefit your small business is vital when it comes to business success.
As a small business owner yourself, you’ll know that running a small business comes with its own unique pool of challenges, many that you will be able to overcome in-house, but some that will require the assistance of some external support.
Whether it’s solving issues like keeping on top of admin at the same time as trying to run and grow your business or navigating the complicated world of credit control, it gives you peace of mind to know that there is external support out there that you can call on at any time to ensure your small business sees the success it deserves.
If you’re just starting out on your small business journey or new to the notion of Virtual Assistants, we thought we’d pop together a list of benefits Virtual Assistants can provide so that you know who to turn to for support.
How a Virtual Assistant can Benefit your Small Business
Virtual Assistants are Cost-Effective
As with all small businesses, money is a big deal. To be successful and manage your money effectively, you’ll know that splashing your cash on something you can’t guarantee the result of isn’t the way to go. It simply isn’t feasible.
For example, onboarding new staff as a small business can be costly. There’s a salary to think of, as well as employee benefits, office equipment and sick pay. And, of course, there’s no guarantee that the staff you employ will be with you for the long-haul.
With a Virtual Assistant, these issues are limited, if not avoided altogether. Virtual Assistants step in to relieve the pressure in the same way that new in-house staff would, but are more cost-effective in the long run. There are no employee benefits to consider, no lengthy and costly onboarding processes, no fixed salaries to provide.
Instead, you can utilise your Virtual Assistant as much or as little as you like, depending on your requirements and, perhaps more importantly, your budget. You only need to use your Virtual Assistant as a necessity when workload is heavy, or you need support with a specific task. When you don’t need them, you don’t use them, so you don’t pay.
As your business grows, you’ll be able to use them more and more. But, if things stop heading in the right direction for a while, you won’t have the worry of having to jeopardise the growth of your business in order to continue paying in-house staff.
Virtual Assistants are Flexible
When it comes to running a small business, things change. And they change frequently! There’s no guarantee that next month will be the same as the last, which means your needs and wants are fluid too.
For example, your product may sell better during the summer months. At this time, you’ll want some extra support with behind-the-scenes tasks like admin and credit control. You won’t necessarily have time to do these tasks yourself, but they need to be completed to a high standard all the same. Here, A Virtual Assistant could step in to take on some of your workload.
At the other end of the spectrum, you may have a much lighter workload during the winter months. During this time, you may require less external support and will have more time to focus on growing your business yourself. Again, a Virtual Assistant can accommodate this change.
As Virtual Assistants, we’re incredibly flexible. We work around your changing needs and wants to ensure we’re providing the best support possible when we’re needed and stepping back when we’re not. Our main priority is you and what’s best for your business, no matter how many times that changes.
Virtual Assistants can Offer Valuable Insights
Virtual Assistants are small business owners too! This unique position means we can offer valuable insights when it comes to running and growing your own small business. We’ve likely faced the challenges that you are facing and will be able to provide guidance for how to overcome them.
We understand the rollercoaster ride running a small business can be, and we’re able to empathise with the hurdles that you’ll likely be presented with. We know what succeeding means to small business owners, meaning we’ll go above and beyond to ensure your small business functions to the best of its ability and grabs opportunities for growth with both hands.
Virtual Assistants Bring Honed Skills to the Table
In the same way that Virtual Assistants are knowledgeable about the ins and outs of running a successful small business, they also come with a range of fully-developed skills that you may otherwise have to teach new in-house staff.
We like to think of ourselves as the ‘here’s one we made earlier’ Blue Peter style solutions of the business world. Need someone fully experienced in implementing effective credit control processes? Or a fully-fledged copywriter to help bolster website content? These ready-made qualities can all be found in the vast pool of Virtual Assistants out there who are available to support your business.
The key here is finding the right Virtual Assistant to meet your needs. Ensure you conduct plenty of research so that the Virtual Assistant you choose comes pre-packaged with all the relevant skills, knowledge and experience you need on your side to see your business succeed.
Virtual Assistants want your Small Business to Succeed
Virtual Assistants, by nature, have an innate passion for supporting others. Here at The Edwards Company, our gratification comes from seeing your business succeed, both because of the hard work you put into it and because of the support our services have provided.
From the off, we’re 100% invested in your business and will go above and beyond to ensure the support we provide is an integral part of your business wins, big or small.
If your business succeeds, then ours does too. This is something we always keep in mind when supporting our clients.
Small Business Support at The Edwards Company
Here at The Edwards Company, we specialise in small business support. Our support packages are affordable and flexible, accommodating your ever-changing needs, and our Virtual Assistants are skilled, experienced and on hand to support your business in the ways you need them to.
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So, if you’re looking to invest in a Virtual Assistant that will benefit your small business, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to work with you.