In fact, the way things are heading, with remote working being a cost effective and efficient ‘new normal’, you may never fully return to office hours you once knew.
This situation makes it difficult for you to employ an in-house Personal Assistant. So, how can you get the business support you need when you are working from home a lot of the time? You hire a Virtual Assistant.
What is a Virtual Assistant?
By contrast, a Personal Assistant (“PA”) is an employee who works in the office as part of the in-house workforce.
A VA is generally self-employed and is available for hire to provide business or lifestyle support remotely – using their own resources such as a computer and utilities – for as many hours (or few) hours as you need, so is often a more cost-effective option than employing someone in-house on a full-time basis.
VA duties are very varied; however, they often include:
- Diary management
- Document generation, reviewing and formatting
- Event management
- Telephone handling
- Client liaison
- Audio typing
- Creation of business templates
- Invoices and reminders
- Letter writing
- Travel and accommodation research and booking
- Social media posting
Lifestyle / Concierge-Style Duties
- Diary management – appointments and reminders
- Party and event planning
- Holiday and travel research and booking
- Email management
- Paying household invoices
- Personal online shopping
- Gift sourcing
- Online selling of unwanted items
- Event ticket sourcing
- Childcare search
- Restaurant reservations
The benefits of using a VA over an employed PA
Choose how much or how little you use them
Furthermore, a VA works under contract and is not employed by you, so they aren’t entitled to receive employment benefits such as paid leave and sick pay.
By contrast, an employed PA will be entitled to several benefits under their employment contract that a self-employed VA won’t, including:
- A paid holiday
- Sick pay
- Being paid when you go on holiday and don’t necessarily need them
- Maternity and paternity pay
- Workplace pension contributions
- Healthcare benefits
Different time zone? Not a problem
Scaling-up your business
Although a VA won’t be able to make you a cup of tea or pick you up a double espresso from the local coffee shop on the way to work, it is clear to see that there are a plethora of reasons why choosing a VA over a PA makes perfect sense.