Are you one of the growing numbers of UK business owners who are thinking about hiring a Virtual assistant?
But you’re unsure if your business is the right TYPE of business to benefit from hiring a virtual assistant…
In 2018 over 13,500 small businesses in the UK brought in a virtual assistant to support them.*
Many business owners who work with VAs tend to be sole traders with home offices. However an increasing number of different industries are starting to get wise to the enormous benefits that Virtual Assistants can bring.
Let’s take a look at what types of businesses can benefit the most from hiring a virtual assistant:
1) Coaches and Consultants
Coaches and consultants are by far the most likely to hire a Virtual Assistant versus other industries. This is undoubtedly because coaches and consultants tend to work alone and to offer highly specialised services within their niche.
This type of business can benefit from hiring a virtual assistant because of the flexibility VAs offer.
If you run a coaching practice or consultancy you can hire a team of skilled virtual workers for just a small number of hours each week.
This is ideal if you’re a “solopreneur” and you don’t want to commit to adding a member of full or part time staff to your payroll.
2) Online businesses and Tech Start-ups
For business owners running an online or tech start up, you can certainly benefit from bringing in a virtual assistant. If coding and project management are your thing, it’s unlikely that you have the time or the inclination to get bogged down in the back end of your business.
If coding and project management are your thing, it’s unlikely that you have the time to get bogged down in the back end of your business.
By their nature start ups are risky and need to operate on a budget so you’ll want to keep your workforce flexible and lean. But hiring a virtual assistant can give you the support you need without having to add to your overheads or commit to employing excess members of in-house staff.
David Schneider of the influencer marketing platform, Ninja Outreach, says,
“[hiring a VA] has allowed me to focus on bigger items and be more productive. Our business has grown a lot thanks to their help.”
3) Creative Industries
If you run a business in one of the creative industries, such as fashion, food, design or art etc. your business is definitely the right type to benefit from hiring a virtual assistant.
A study by Kathleen Vohs of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management found that disorder and higher creativity tend to go hand in hand.
So, unless you’re in the minority of creatives, I’m going to guess detail, organisation and admin aren’t your greatest strengths. We’re constantly told that working in our zone of genius increases our happiness and productivity so hiring a VA will allow you to stay in the zone while also letting you scale your business.
Hiring a VA allows you to stay in the zone while also letting you scale your business.
Businesses that fall into the more creative end of the spectrum can often benefit the most from the help of a virtual assistant. The hours you spend battling with spreadsheets can be much better spent focusing on creating and selling more of what you do best.
Those of you who run businesses in the influencer space (speakers, writers, bloggers, podcasters etc) can also benefit from hiring a VA.
John Lee Dumas of the Entrepreneurs on Fire Podcast has long spoken of his love of Virtual Assistants:
“There’s no way we’d be where we are today if we didn’t have this [virtual] team in place. We know that there are great opportunities available to us with this team – which we’ve already proven.
We’re able to accomplish our vision to inspire millions, and we’re able to live the lifestyle we want”
For influencers like John Lee Dumas, hiring a Virtual Assistant gives him the time to stay in touch with his audience, and to give them more of what they want.
If performing or writing is your passion, a virtual assistant will give you the freedom to spend time connecting with your audience, instead of being hidden under piles of paperwork.
These are just a couple of examples of industries that are currently benefiting from the power of virtual assistants. The truth is that with constant improvements in software and telecommunications technology, businesses in every sector can use remote workers to help scale their business.
More and more VAs are choosing to niche down into specific industries so chances are you’ll be able to find the exact virtual help you need for your business, regardless of the goods of services you offer.