From founders of fledgling companies to executives at multinational firms, an increasing portion of the business world are adopting the remote assistant model, but how do you know if it’s right for you?
It is a common misconception that virtual assistants are the preserve of entrepreneurs and small-business executives. However, some of the world’s largest firms have turned to the remote assistant model. Why? Well, because it makes sense.
Imagine the scenario: it’s Monday morning and you’ve just sat down at your desk. To-do list is long, but manageable. Sifting through emails, the to-do list grows, whilst time ticks down. Finally, you get cracking with task number 1. The phone rings, a client wants a document touched up. Another client messages asking for a strategy call before lunch. A reminder pops up to send out invoices. As the day wears on, it becomes impossible to get into stride. No matter how hard you work, the to-do list continues to grow, setting the tone for the rest of the week.
Hiring an employee can be a time-consuming lottery. From analysing requirements and posting an advert to filtering applications and conducting interviews, the entire process can take months, without the guarantee of a perfect fit.
A virtual executive assistant should hit the ground running on Day 1. With a training schedule that includes years of managing executives, detailed briefings on your working preferences and a face-to-face meeting with you, Fyxers come out of the blocks at full speed. Clients often ask what they can do to sustain this pace: encouragement from the sidelines.
The world of remote assistance can seem like a minefield. With a myriad of similar-sounding titles such as virtual PA, business concierge, part-time administration support and online secretary service often covering the same job description, it can be difficult to pinpoint what a remote assistant actually does. Especially if you are new to the remote assistance game.
There is a strong chance you’re reading this blog as you have heard about the benefits of hiring a virtual assistant. Whether it’s the range of skills, the efficiency savings or the peace of mind that has piqued your interest, your decision to take the plunge will ultimately boil down to cost. Is it worth the money?
Potential clients often ask me about the difference between temporary assistants and our remote assistants. It’s a question, I’m very happy to answer. While both are more cost-effective than a full-time, in-house PA, there are some clear differences between the two – even when the temp is working remotely. For me, it comes down to four main categories: loyalty, management, training and skills.
The late Jimmy Guterman, former Executive Editor of business media group NewCo, believed that “the hardest part of becoming a manager is learning what and how not to do”. Executives are self-made. A strong work ethic and an emphasis on ‘getting the job done’ are common and exemplary traits. But, to progress to the next step requires offloading the heavy baggage. Even if you think you could carry it better.
If you are wondering whether you have enough time to work with an assistant, then it’s abundantly clear that an assistant is exactly what you need. All assistants – from executive virtual assistants to part-time administration support – exist to free up an executive’s valuable time. They allow executives to focus on ‘higher value’ work and thus maximise efficiency. However, you cannot enjoy the crop without at first sowing the seeds.