You might have heard VA’s rave about their career choice but what really are the benefits to becoming a Virtual Assistant UK? It’s pretty personal to each individual VA and all depends on your current lifestyle choices and goals but here are a few of our top reasons:
Ability to work from home
This is a biggy for many. Being a Virtual Assistant means you work remotely, you don’t have to go into a formal office as all your clients are managed online, therefore allowing you to work from anywhere. For most this will be home but others may choose a shared location like a co-working hub. Working from home can be massively beneficial for those with young families or chronic health conditions, saving on costly travel expenses and long timely commutes. If you’re part of a military family, moving around will play a big role in your life, and for many that means starting and leaving jobs frequently which is why many military spouses are now looking to home-based roles like the VA industry to provide them with stable work.
there really is no end to the type of work you can do as a virtual assistant. Depending on your skills you’re able to offer a broad range of services keeping your workload diverse. Likewise you can choose to work for a number of different clients giving you the opportunity for versatility within their industries.
The Virtual Assistant industry is growing rapidly as more and more businesses are choosing to outsource help remotely. The pandemic brought about a lot of this change, making people realise that on site staff aren’t essential and VA’s are actually more cost effective. When hiring VA’s companies don’t need to worry about paying holidays, sick pay, training, equipment etc, they purely pay for the time you work, making VA’s cheaper and more desirable than permanent staff.
Low start up requirements
The basic needs for starting up are fairly low cost, especially if you already own a computer and have an internet connection. Lots of software has free versions available which are ideal when starting out, marketing can be done via social media and within your own network, meaning insurance and legalities are some of the only outgoings needed in the beginning. Vast amounts of experience also isn’t essential. Even those who haven’t
Consider time zones
You may feel that it is important to source a VA in the same time zone as you. This is useful should you need cover during your hours of business (responding to emails etc) and/or you prefer to communicate via telephone or skype/Zoom or such like. This is less important if your VA is looking after tasks such as bookkeeping.
Take up the free consultation
A good VA will want to be sure that the client and she/he are a good fit and therefore offers a free consultation to discuss your requirements. This is a valuable opportunity to get a ‘feel’ of how the relationship might work and feel confident that the VA is the right fit for your business and has the skills that you are looking for.
Do the math!
It is important to calculate just how much a UK Virtual Assistant can save you and evaluate that regularly. For example:
One of our clients has confessed to loving going out and finding new business. Its her passion. However, she is not so hot on the admin for the business (self-confessed) and leaves a trail of unanswered emails and invoices not sent out behind her.
In comes Advance Virtual Assistants!
We free up 20 hours a month for her by ensuring that all of this admin is professionally taken care of, reducing underlying pressure and allowing her to focus on thinking strategically about the business and generating revenue.