Myths about Virtual Assistants
Contributed by our Team Member, Tara
The word Virtual Assistant may be somewhat of a new term for you. Look back a year ago and most of us were going to our office jobs, meeting with people face to face, and even shaking hands. Fast forward to today, in the middle of a global pandemic, and it's rare to hear of anyone going into the office to work. The word “remote” has become the word of 2020 and most likely the word of 2021.
2020 has become the Virtual Assistants’ time to shine! Many have closed their physical offices and are looking for a way to have the strategic support they need, but from afar. When you think about a Virtual Assistant lots of things may come to mind, and many of them may just not be true. While there are a plethora of myths about us out there, I thought I would focus on 5 of my favorites.
Myth #1 Anyone can be a Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants are not for the faint of heart. And I don't say this just because I am one. Not only do you have to have strong organizational, communication, and strategic thinking skills you also need to be able to hang with some pretty powerful entrepreneurs with some pretty powerful personalities. The strong make it in this business, along with your sense of urgency and ability to take complex situations and simplify them. Being able to turn your focus on a dime, pull apart processes, make someone else's life easier, all while ordering anniversary flowers isn't a skill most have.
Myth #2 Virtual work isn't the same quality as an in-person assistant
The only things a VA cannot do is pickup your morning croissant. It may feel strange at first, but we can manage all the same tasks someone in person could handle. Working virtually allows us to be removed from the normal distractions an office can bring, allowing us to focus strictly on your needs, getting them done in most cases faster and more efficiently. We pride ourselves on quality work, done the way you like it, in a timely manner. In most cases we guarantee a 24-hour turnaround time on tasks!
Myth #3 Virtual Assistants are only for large companies
It may seem to most that virtual assistants are for larger companies with tons to delegate and not for smaller or solo entrepreneurs looking for a better balance. Virtual assistants are for anyone of any size! Anything that is taking you away from income producing activity and living in your unique ability is what you should be handing over to us. Some things may seem mundane, but the small things always compound into lots of time not spent on growing your business. I personally love working with solopreneurs. It feels great to watch someone's life free up and their business flourish in ways they didn't imagine possible.
Myth #4 We can only do administrative work
Some people think of a virtual assistant as a strict admin, but that is very far from the truth. Virtual Assistants can handle a long list of tasks and support your business in a myriad of ways. Here are just a few of those ways:
- Inbox and calendar management
- Social media management
- CRM and sales support
- Gatekeeper scheduling
- Creating standardized processes and workflows
- EOS management
- Strategic Coach support
- Expense management
- Process improvement
- Travel coordination
Myth #5 A Virtual Assistant doesn't save you any money vs. an in-house person
Some automatically assume that they can't afford a virtual assistant as opposed to having someone on site, but think again! In general, virtual assistant services can save businesses money through contracting—there's no extra benefits packages for VAs since they're not employees of your company, and you won't have to buy them a computer or pay for their office space. This can cut your labor costs significantly.
As you can see some of the things you may have heard about virtual assistants just aren't true. We have watched hundreds of entrepreneurs' lives be changed with our help and yours could be too. As the dynamics of the world keep changing and remote work becomes more of the norm, virtual assistants will only continue to become more popular. Virtual Assistants can be an exceptional resource to help free up your time and grow your business into everything you have ever dreamed of.