So, you've heard the term 'Virtual Assistant',
you're probably connected with some online but still
aren't 100% sure what a Virtual Assistant does and
how it actually works!
Let's shed a little light on the situation, shall we?
The Virtual Assistant industry has been BIG in the US and the UK for a number of years now.
Ireland has been catching up rapidly in the last year due to remote working becoming the norm!
I'll admit it, I hadn't heard the term myself until I had my business idea.
I looked up what I was thinking of and discovered that there was a whole booming industry out there that I had never heard of!
Let's start with the definition.
"A virtual assistant is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative assistance to clients remotely from a home office." - Source Google (We'd be lost without Google, eh?)
That is, in essence, what a Virtual Assistant (VA) is!
VA's are self employed, and usually very qualified and highly experienced people, who provide professional support remotely.
There are many different areas that VA's specialise in.
From general administration, marketing and social media to Tech and Law.
Why is working with a Virtual Assistant becoming so popular among Business Owner's in Ireland?
Here are some of the reasons:
A VA will save you time on tasks you don't, shouldn't be or don't like doing;
Working with a VA means MORE work completed in LESS time;
There are no employee-related expenses;
Access to the best talent out there - Virtual Assistant's KNOW THEIR STUFF.
How does it work?
If you have never worked with a Virtual Assistant, you may wonder how it actually works.
VA's are used to this, so there is no need to worry! You're in good hands :)
It is part of a VA's job to be up to date with the latest and best technologies.
After a conversation with you (usually called a 'discovery call') the VA will be able to
advise you on the best ways to virtualise your tasks so that you can work together.
Often you won't need to 'train' a Virtual Assistant like you would an in-house employee.
That's part of the idea of working with a VA!!
If you convey your desired outcome, a good VA will figure out the process themselves
and complete the work with very little direction.
Not only has the Irish Virtual Assistant industry gained traction with Business Owners seeking support, it is also attracting new entrants to the industry who have recognised the flexibility that the role can add to your day to day life.
I, personally, have had many people reach out to me seeking information on how to start up. (Watch this space, there's going to be more on that pretty soon!)
The VA industry in Ireland is growing rapidly. With perks for both the Client and the VA, there's no wonder!
Until next time,
P.S. I have teamed up with the amazing Catherine Tobin on a project that we are launching very soon. It is going to be BIG for both Irish based Virtual Assistants AND Business Owners.
Keep an eye on my socials for the announcement!!
P.P.S. If you are an Irish based VA or aspiring VA connect with me on social to join the Irish VA Network! A group set up to connect VA's based in Éire.