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Virtual assistants help businesses have soaring profitsHave you been in a situation where you were scheduled to attend a long planned event only to be stopped on your tracks at the very last minute by an unexpected task you need to take care of immediately? Tough luck, isn’t it?

As a small business owner, it is normal to experience days when you think you can handle everything on your own and then realize that you lack time or need support. Scenarios like these highlight the invaluable aspect a virtual assistant (VA) provides – flexibility.

Below are some of the points that highlight how a virtual assistant’s flexibility can be an intangible asset to your business.

Virtual Assistant’s Background Knowledge

VA companies train their Virtual Assistants to become competent saving you the time and energy to do extensive training as well as the trouble of ending up with someone unreliable.

Having worked with clients from different fields (medical, real-estate, business, etc.), they are exposed to various tasks such as back office support, content writing, social media marketing, administrative assistance and to various software associated to each field. Giving tasks to someone who is internet savvy helps a lot in completing assigned tasks on time.

Hassle Free Management

Small firms and businesses with fluctuating workloads often find it unreasonable to hire full time assistant positions. For one, you need to provide office space, computer and all other work-related materials to your assistant. Virtual Assistants, on the other hand, already have their own equipment provided by the VA company, saving you time, effort, and money in setting things up.

As a small business owner, a VA can also save you from management costs as you only need to keep a timesheet and pay your VA’s hourly rate and time of rendered service without the need of putting them on the payroll. All of the VA’s insurance and benefits are also handled by the Virtual Assistant Company.

Customization and Collaboration

Another advantage of getting the services of a Virtual Assistant is the luxury of customizing a plan or a project-based task set up. This is an economical option for those on a tight budget. Since VA’s offer reasonable hourly rates, part-time VA’s are worth the fees.

You can hire a VA for necessary but redundant and tedious tasks, such as uploading pictures to your blog, adding contacts to your database, mass emailing, data crunching, research, etc. The Virtual Assistant can take these tasks off of your hands allowing you to move on to the next phase. With this freed up time, you will be able to focus on creating better ideas for your business.

For a more potent one-two punch, you may opt to keep a full-time office assistant and hire a VA for tasks involving website development, SEO campaigns, and social media management.

In today’s fast-paced business environment, you need to be flexible in order for you not to be left behind. With a virtual assistant offering wide array of skills and numerous options  in your arsenal, things become much easier and lighter allowing your business to accelerate.

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Christian works as a real estate assistant at Xilium. He specializes in back office support, content writing, social media marketing, and administrative assistance. Follow him on Google+.