What is a Virtual/Executive Assistant?
Virtual assistants provide administrative services for a range of clients on a freelance basis. Services provided by virtual assistants can include answering e-mails, secretarial and administrative tasks, bookkeeping, payroll, diary management, transcription, filing, event and travel booking and data entry.
Some virtual assistants, like myself, provide specialist services such as website design and updating, desktop publishing and marketing. Virtual assistants typically work on long and short-term contracts for their clients or are contracted on an occasional basis.
Virtual assistants typically charge an hourly rate and some charge a monthly retainer. When setting their fees, virtual assistants need to take account of factors such as administrative costs and other expenses, tax, National Insurance (NI), holiday pay, and the number of days they expect to work each month because they aren’t employed by you it’s not YOUR job!
Why would I need an Executive Assistant?
TO SAVE TIME
Let’s not overcomplicate this. Removing something from your to-do list means you’ll have more time in your day. That’s where the fun begins…
An Executive/Virtual Assistant also has the ability to work extremely flexibly. I personally do not have any set hours of work as I do have my children to work around as well but don’t let that put you off; I don’t need to physically be present and clock in and out at a certain time, I don’t need to be out of the office at 6pm because they are locking the doors; I can continue my work into the early hours of morning because I’m not confined to 4 walls or the laws of time or space…. meaning I could potentially be there for you 24/7 !
TO SAVE MONEY
Let’s say on average you earn £50/hour…. by you doing the menial yet important jobs that need doing in your own time; its restricting you and probably means you won’t be earning whilst you are sorting out your graphics, replying/deleting spam emails or preparing spreadsheets right? …. source things out to you Virtual assistant so the jobs that can’t be done by anyone else i.e the money making jobs.. can be done by you!
Not only will it allow you to concentrate on other parts of your business but it will also save you money by hiring on an ad hoc freelance basis. You needn’t worry about getting me a desk (I have my own) you needn’t worry about paying any insurances for me (again I have my own) and also why pay and contract someone for 40 hours per week when realistically you only need them for 20? Having the flexibility to customize the amount you use an Assistant at any point ensures you are only paying for what you need.
Although I would hate to say goodbye; it’s a lot easier to ‘get rid’ of a VA too over a salaried member of staff. We are freelance/self employed so you don’t have to worry about PAYE, overheads, holidays or sick pay; you will be charged for the time spent on the work I do for you!
HldnMedia.net have experience in the following:
Converting documents to PDF
Carrying out research
Search Engine Optimization
Social media account auditing
Fixing broken links
Media kit design
Rate card design