Competition in any industry can be cut throat and intense – especially for business owners. So it’s no surprise that business owners have to look far and wide to come up with ways to outplay their rivals.
If you are one the business owners we are talking about and you need an edge that’ll give your competitors a run for their money, VirtualStaff365 will let you in on a little secret: why not hire virtual assistants to give you and your business a competitive edge?
If you’re thinking of how a virtual assistant or a VA can give you the advantage you have been looking for, we will give you a rundown of the hows.
You’re not a one-man machine
Here’s a fun fact: 61% of Australian businesses are sole traders. Yes, you heard that right – over half of all Australian businesses are run by one person. With those types of statistics, it’s pretty likely that you’re one of them!
There’s an almost romantic ideal of the business owner being an entrepreneur, a rugged individualist that does everything by themselves. I find that many small business owners in particular have a deeply-rooted hands-on quality to them. It’s admirable and a testament to your determination and – but the reality is sometimes, you just can’t do it all.
And there’s absolutely no shame in admitting that.
As your business grows and expands, so does your workload. And unless you’re a fan of late nights and overtime, doing everything by yourself can quickly lead to you working yourself to an early grave.
By outsourcing and hiring a virtual assistant, you can avoid such a grisly fate. Taking on a virtual assistant means less of your time being spent on busy work, routine tasks and business practices which are dragging you away from more important parts of your job. We’re talking generating revenue and expanding your business… or even something as simple as more time to rest inbetween.
You can generate more income
Here’s a story I’m quite fond of: a while back, I had a client. This client’s business was heavily reliant on their sales team to find customers and convert them – so far, so good.
The only issue was that their sales team was spending a significant amount of their time identifying and quantifying leads. I don’t think I need to tell you that time is money – instead of closing sales and generating income, the sales team was stuck chasing leads.
To solve this, the client took on board a virtual assistant to focus on lead generation.
The result? Almost overnight, the salespeople were freed up to do their main job: chasing after qualified leads, selling and building a customer base.
Virtual staff can help your business generate more income by giving members of your team their time back to carry out income-earning activities. Instead of having to put off time spent on income generating tasks to knock routine busy work out of the way, your business and its employees can focus on turning a profit – not to mention, virtual staff are significantly cheaper than hiring in-house to the tune of 80% cheaper in some cases.
Specialists for the budget-conscious business owner
You might get away with talking to a outside provider for one-off jobs. But what happens if your business needs a permanent graphic designer and doesn’t have the money to hire one in-house?
Your competitors might decide against onboarding an SEO specialist, a dedicated lead generator or web developer. That’s their loss, we reckon!
Bringing on specialists can give your business an edge over others – anything you can do that your competitors can’t is a competitive advantage. Unfortunately, specialists can demand a premium price tag.
At VirtualStaff365, we’ve sourced a whole range of affordable specialist roles for our clients, including some that need a high level of training. Our bespoke approach to your staffing requirements has seen us successfully recruit financial advisors, engineers and even legal experts on occasion!
It really is the best of both worlds. You get the experience and know-how of a real professional – something your competitors might not have – but without having to break your annual budget to get it.
More time to improve your business
No-one needs constant, unending stress as a part of their lives.
Yet for many business owners, never-ending stress is a fact of life. Not only does running your entire business on your lonesome harm your efficiency – it’s also a major factor in your mental and physical wellbeing. That headache you’re suffering from? There’s a decent chance it could be stress-related.
Stress negatively impacts your ability to work. From causing nasty headaches, to causing burnout, your business suffers when your thoughts, feelings and behaviour are dominated by stress.
And if you’re not at the top of your game, what happens to your business?
By having someone (in this case, a Virtual Assistant) by your side, you can reduce the harmful impact stress has on your business, as well as your health. Everyone needs time to unwind to stay on top of their game – time that a VA can give to you.
And to add to that, imagine the great, big ideas for your business that you can come up with once you have a freer mind! New products, services or ways to further optimise your current processes… all of these can offer your business an edge over the competition.
Needless to say, it’s a tad difficult to get a leg up over the competition when you’re busy stressing out over busy work! You need precious time to come up with new ways of improving your business… time that a VA can offer you.
Give your business that competitive advantage – call VirtualStaff365 today
Your products and services could be great. But that’s not always good enough. If you want your business to thrive, you need any type of advantage you can get to stay on top of the competition.
There are many ways to give your business an edge. One of them is by hiring a virtual assistant.