There’s a lot of stuff written online about small business owners taking advantage of working with a virtual assistant. As of my last check, about 5 minutes ago, there is nothing out there about businesses hiring virtual assistants to give additional support to their employees. I find that strange. Having a virtual assistant is a great way to take the pressure off overworked employees when you really don’t want or need to hire another employee.
Part of the fault lies with virtual assistants themselves I suppose. Their marketing message is always about using their services instead of employees. But let’s be honest here, a totally virtual workforce, while it works for many, doesn’t work for everyone. There, I said it. At the risk of receiving nasty emails and comments from other virtual assistants. Some businesses simply need bodies in the office, at least part of the time.
I’ll let you in on a secret. Those businesses can benefit from having a virtual assistant on board too.
Having worked in several offices in the past, I know there is a dilemma many businesses face. It’s that situation where you’re busy enough to have your employees pulling overtime (and possibly their hair out of their heads) but you are not in a position to actually hire another employee. It leaves you dealing with unhappy employees. It also means your business is stuck, unable to grow more without hitting the tipping point with those same employees. Even if you did entertain the thought of bringing on a part-time employee, which employee is going to get the relief and which one are you going to leave drowning? If you bring on help for your marketing director, your administrative assistant is going to walk or vice versa.
When a business owner reaches this point in their business they are literally stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Take heart overworked employees in offices like this everywhere, there is an answer. Ask your boss to consider teaming up with a virtual assistant for office-wide support. That’s right, a virtual assistant for you, the overworked employee. But it’s also for your co-worker(s). And your boss.
That customer newsletter the boss is always hinting around at and you never have time for? Those document templates that would save you tons of time but you can’t quite get them created? The office handbook that really, really needs to be updated (or created!)? A virtual assistant can help with all of that and more.
The fact is, teaming up with a virtual assistant as additional support for your office is such a great fit, I’m actually shocked more virtual assistants aren’t falling all over themselves to tell you about it. Call me a rebel I guess, but I love the idea of helping out overworked employees. Maybe because I remember being one myself.
So go ahead, march right into your boss’s office and tell him you have the answer to the business growth standstill the company is at. Heck, put your email address into that box where it says ‘Get More Information’ above (or just click here) and then you can take my intro packet right into the office with you to show them just what kind of things a virtual assistant can do.
Who knows, when you’re no longer overworked and the business is growing in leaps and bounds you may just get a promotion out it.