3 Virtual Assistant Myths That Need To Be Busted Right Now

I have heard some statements in my time about the Virtual Assistant industry. A Virtual Assistant will provide you with lots of support on a wide range of administrative tasks that can help you improve your productivity, effectiveness and more.

Having a Virtual Assistant isn’t just for the wealthy and famous. If you can afford it, you may be able to hire a Virtual Assistant full-time or part-time to free up time, earn more money within your business, or simply take care of things within your personal life that may take up time/requires more focus.

Virtual Assistants are becoming more and more popular in the business world as we head out of the pandemic. I was at my busiest during the lockdown and many entrepreneurs still haven’t heard of us, if they weren’t already using one themselves which is completely fine.

You can get started with even the smallest budget and there are services available to suit every budget, whatever your financial situation.

There are lots of myths surrounding Virtual Assistants and today, we bust some of them right here.

Communication is poor as Virtual Assistants only allow you to contact them via email

This is false. Email is great as we know but that is not the only way to communicate with your VA. My methods are email, call, WhatsApp messaging and whatever project management tool we use, these can vary from client to client.

From a personal point of view, whichever method works best for us, then that is what is used. My clients are busy entrepreneurs who can be time-poor so will often send voice notes on the go, and I will pick them up throughout the day.

I have clients who use solely email and it works fine. Email also gives you a conversation trail, but it is not always great for locating a particular conversation if you tend to have a lot of back and forth on things. If you can, I would recommend using something like Slack, Asana or Click Up.

Virtual Assistants are more expensive than an employee 

Virtual Assistants working remotely is a better investment for you as opposed to having somebody in the office full-time. You will not have to worry about:

  • Taxes
  • Holiday Pay
  • Desk Space
  • Equipment
  • Pension Scheme
  • Payroll
  • Insurance

Virtual Assistants take care of the above, so you never need to worry about these things. You receive your invoice every month or per project, make payment and your helping hand is available.

Your Virtual Assistant will also have specific insurances to cover themselves and you.

A Virtual Assistant can do it all  

I can tell you and show you that I can do ‘most’ things but there is no way that I am an all-rounder in every category. Before I speak to a potential client, I will review their questionnaire to see what their needs are. If I am unable to assist, I will let them know prior to the call taking place and offer to put it out into my community of other VA’s as there will be somebody who may be able to handle their needs.

There are some Virtual Assistants that have a niche from the beginning. This could be all things tech such as podcast editing, website building or even graphics. Every Virtual Assistant will offer what they love and are good at. I could try my hand at taking on other things, but I feel it best to focus on what I am experienced in and know that I can deliver great results.

I’ve some experience in adding blogs, updating the odd item on a website, uploading YouTube videos etc but this is usually an add on service for one or two clients. Having over 20 years of experience in the Personal Assistant field, that’s is my offering and love all the things that I do. As they say, ‘do it, and do it well.

I can imagine that the growing popularity of Virtual Assistants might be scaring some small businesses and entrepreneurs, but hey, everything that helps you out should be considered a good thing, and not a bad one.

If you are thinking of outsourcing, then please think about hiring a Virtual Assistant. I’m confident that you’ll be surprised by how much time, effort, and money you can save when outsourcing.

You can get started with even the smallest budget and there are services available to suit every budget, whatever your financial situation.

Book a call with me, to discuss how I can free up time for you and grow your business.