A virtual remote assistant is just as it sounds—someone who works for you virtually from a remote location. This means that you can hire a virtual assistant from anywhere in the world, so long as they have internet access. Another benefit to virtual remote assistants is that they’re able to work independently or with minimal supervision.
OneVirtualSolutions documented the steady demand for virtual remote assistants since 2015. Statista also noted that outsourcing companies have profited over $85 Billion from 2010-2019. 70% of the outsourcing companies mentioned above offer virtual remote assistance. This just proves that there has been a steady increase in demand for virtual remote assistance.
Why Hire a Virtual Remote Assistant?
- Saves you time. Are you bogged down by repetitive tasks that take up too much of your time? A virtual remote assistant can help clear up your schedule by taking care of daily tasks such as email management and data entry so you have more time to focus on the bigger picture.
- Cheaper than an employee. Think of all the extra costs when hiring a full-time in-house employee: there’s screening, training, benefits, office space, and equipment, just to name a few. In contrast, a remote virtual assistant is like an all-in-one package that requires minimal managing. They often charge on an hourly or task-basis, too, which saves you money in the long run.
- Very flexible. It’s a two-way street: a remote virtual assistant’s flexibility can benefit the employer, too. With no need for office space or a 9 to 5, a remote virtual assistant can work anywhere and at any time. Need 24/7 customer support? A remote virtual assistant can easily take care of that for your business since they can work from any time zone. They’re also contractual, so if they’re not exactly the right fit for you, you can easily replace them with someone else.
Managing Different Time Zones
Virtual remote assistants can be working anywhere in the world, they could be in a city with a different time zone than yours. In this case, how will you manage your virtual remote assistant effectively?
- Choose one time zone to use. It’d be best to choose one time zone by which to abide to avoid any missed communication and deadlines. Choose the time zone where your clients are located; this way you can have your virtual assistant answer client queries in real-time.
Remote management can be challenging since it’s all done online. One of the best ways to effectively manage remotely is to establish which apps to use for messaging, project management, and shared storage. The best apps to look out for are Slack for messaging, Trello for project management, and Google Drive for shared storage.