What exactly is a Virtual Assistant? If we had a penny for each time someone asked us that question, we would be retired on a beach already! Well…the clue is in the title!
A VA, or Virtual Assistant, is a highly skilled, independent professional who can perform administrative, creative and technical tasks for you & your business from a remote location (usually their own premises).
Sometimes you just cannot do everything (well – efficiently or effectively anyway)! You need to focus on the stuff that makes your business thrive. A great VA takes on the role of your back bone. They provide the structure and support. They work in the background ensuring all your admin gets done – freeing up your time to focus on what you do best!
Virtual Assistance in South Africa
Virtual Assistance is a relatively new but growing trend in the South African business world. Most first world countries have embraced the idea & its’ now an extremely popular business choice, especially for small to medium businesses, entrepreneurs & non-profit organisations where time & resources are limited.
In our experience, businesses are initially nervous to consider using a virtual assistant mainly due to a lack of understanding of how they can help and never having dealt with remote administrative support before. The most dangerous phrase any business can use, however, is ‘we’ve always done it this way’! Think about it. Does the majority of your ‘admin’ work really need to be done in house?
With the online world advancing by the second, we now have invaluable resources at our fingertips to enable the swift and safe sharing of data, and collaboration of work in real time across oceans. Apart from actually sitting at your reception desk for you, a virtual assistant can pretty much do everything else! Plus, you don’t have to worry about high payroll costs and the office space required to accommodate a full-time employee.
What can a Virtual Assistant do?
The list of tasks a VA can help with is endless. It mostly depends on the expertise of the specific assistant. If you need administrative assistance or business support but don’t need or simply can’t afford to take on a full-time employee, then a VA is the perfect solution for you. It’s an attractive & affordable option as you need only pay for the work you need doing, when you need it done.
Office Savvy is not just your average VA. We aim to provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all things ‘admin’. We offer a full range of support services such as administrative support, human resources, bookkeeping & payroll, marketing & design – just to name a few. For an exhaustive list of our services, and to learn more about how we can add value to your business, please check out our Services page.