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What is a virtual assistant?

Using a virtual assistant helps to lighten the load and enables you to focus on what you want, be it growing your business or just having a more work life balance. 

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By Giovanna Loparco

Running a business is hard work and it can be difficult to fit everything that needs to be done into the standard working day!! This often results in having to work lots of additional hours which could lead to a rise in stress levels and the loss of focus on what really matters. 

Since becoming a virtual assistant, I am often shown a blank face when I tell people what I do, so I thought that I would share with you all just what being a virtual assistant is all about and how it could benefit business owners, entrepreneurs and generally anybody who has a very busy life and not much time.

A virtual assistant is a business professional who has a wealth of experience in a wide variety of business processes.  A lot of people think that a virtual assistant is just a remote personal assistant, however that is not the case.  Nearly all will offer admin and secretarial services as standard and then depending what their background is, the virtual assistant will then offer specialist services such as marketing, bookkeeping, social media management and in my case, with Giovanna Virtual Assistant, project management and lean solutions.  Virtual Assistants support businesses and individuals by working remotely usually from their homes.

The demand for a virtual assistant has grown in recent times and particularly in the current climate as business owners see the benefits of using one, a few examples are because they are not employing an individual on a permanent basis and therefore all the associated costs that go with that, NI, pension, holiday pay etc are not required.  They will only pay for the hours that are worked, this means not paying for the chat around the water cooler, tea breaks and even comfort breaks.  

Other benefits to a business owner are that in busy times when you need an extra pair of hands for a particular project or you have staff members that are off sick or on maternity leave, that work can be covered by a virtual assistant.

Running a business is hard work and it can be difficult to fit everything that needs to be done into the standard working day!! This often results in having to work lots of additional hours which could lead to a rise in stress levels and the loss of focus on what really matters.  Using a virtual assistant for the tasks that you either don’t have time for or that you really just don’t like doing, can help lighten the load and enable the focus to be directed on what you want, be it growing your business or just having a quality work life balance.

Book a discovery call with me today to see how we can work together so my skills and efficiency can help lighten the load for you.

Delegation is something many people struggle with, but putting the time in to do this essentially frees you up to concentrate on the things that matter, whether that be focussing on strategy, or providing more work life balance..