Virtual assistants have liberated the labor market and saved entrepreneurs not only a great deal of money, but allowed them to act agilely, making changes to their company in a speedy manner. However, what a virtual assistant is and can do is mostly misconstrued. Then again, there are business owners who have made use of a virtual assistant before, but have found their experience nothing but negative. Here we will debunk most of the commonly known myths surrounding virtual assistants, and suggest how you can onboard one, which can lead to success for you and your business.
Myth – A virtual assistant is a generalist
This is inaccurate. In most cases a virtual assistant merely refers to a person who offers skills from a remote location. A virtual assistant can, by contrast, be highly specialised. This can mean being able to help you to do your video editing, your bookkeeping, to manage your HR processes, and so much more. Also, a VA tends to work harder and for longer hours than a person within your office. Virtual assistants are driven: they have a mature outlook in that they know to focus on the tasks with precision.
Myth – Communication is problematic
Not true – in fact, poor communication is mostly seen in managers dealing with their in-person staff. There should be no reason to have a breakdown in communication. You can communicate via phone, email, and Zoom sessions, if you prefer a face-to-face experience. The only difference is that an assistant will not be working within the office. Otherwise, their communication skills are well developed and are used to communicate through email, and phone.
Myth – Virtual assistants are paid to do any- and everything
Even though a virtual assistant is talented, businesses hire them to complete certain tasks. It is therefore obvious that any reputable agency will classify the different types of virtual assistant according to the services they can provide. Therefore, business owners must identify their needs so that the perfect assistant can be sourced to deal with the tasks determined.
Myth – In-person assistants can do more than a virtual assistant
Besides not making coffee, and taking your laundry to the drycleaners, there is nothing a virtual assistant cannot do that an in-person assistant can do for you. However, depending on the type of support you require, a virtual assistant can do everything and more than an in-person assistant. Also, a virtual assistant is often more productive, as they need to manage their time well. Therefore, you do not have to stress about redundancy within the workplace. The key to hiring a great virtual assistant is to operate through an agency that knows how to source the best help.
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