5 Myths About Working With A Virtual Assistant
As more and more of the world’s workforce adapts to work online, Virtual Assistants (VAs) are increasingly becoming the norm. Yet many entrepreneurs and employers still hesitate to branch out into hiring them because of several unfounded misconceptions surrounding the industry. We want to bust some of them for the benefit of both employers and VAs. Listed below is our compilation of the top five unfounded beliefs about VAs.
First Myth – Anyone Can Become A VA
A VA isn’t for the weak. We don’t mean to sound dramatic but rather highlight that the position isn’t easy. To keep up with some of the best entrepreneurs in the industry, you need to be able to hold your own. To be successful in this field, it’s crucial to have the necessary skills and drive.
Second Myth – VAs Can Do It All
Even though a VA can do almost anything, one assistant won’t be capable of doing it all on their own. Everyone wants to find that perfect individual who knows every software and tool available. In reality, however, this is a relatively rare occurrence. Many VAs specialize in specific niches: Social Media, Project Management, Support, Sales Funnels, etc. It’s exceptionally fortunate and random to find one person who can do it all.
Third Myth – Virtual Communication Just Isn’t As Good
Despite what seems like an absolute truth, we’re here to tell you that statement’s incorrect. Many of us have shared a cubicle wall with coworkers during our corporate days. Although virtually, you may not physically be in the same room, technology has given us many ways to get in touch: Zoom, Slack, Skype, and even good old-fashioned phone calls. There is no excuse for you not to communicate with your VA. If you do so regularly, your VA can become a friend, confidant, and even a dependably ally.
Fourth Myth – VAs Can’t Do What A ‘Normal’ Assistant Can
There is only one thing a VA can’t do: bring you coffee. It may appear that a Virtual Assistant can’t handle the same tasks as a traditional assistant, but they can. They have the advantage of not being restricted to local applicants. Many VA companies have huge teams located all over the globe. Each of them can provide their clients with high-level service, regardless of where they are located.
Fifth Myth – You Need Someone Full Time
Hiring someone to work 40 hours a week may seem daunting. Don’t stick with the traditional 40-hour week mindset. Choose what works for YOU! It’s common for clients to want (and need!) to start small. VAs can provide you with high-level support for as little as 15 hours a month. Starting small may be the best way to determine how much help you need as your business grows.
So have you also been considering hiring a VA but still had some reservations? We hope we debunked the myths you had heard about VAs. For any business, whether thriving or just starting, tapping into this valuable pool of human resources can bring countless benefits both in the long and short run.