As part of the InsuranceWiseTracy blog I want to make sure small business owners understand what resources are available to them. Today’s blog is written by a local friend of mine who explains what a virtual assistant is and what they can do for a small business owner. The most awesome thing about a virtual assistant is although she is based here in McDowell county, NC, today’s technology allows her to assist any size business owner any where in the world. Local businesses check out the info at the end of Kim’s article about a local event she is hosting. – Tracy
Hello my name is Kim Kincaid Brown, owner and visionary of KB Konncetions-Virtual Business Solutions. I have been a native of Mcdowell County my entire life, proud of that, and I so happy to be a business owner. But lately, I have been on the town of Marion trying to promote my business services and people are looking at me as if I have 3 heads when I say “I am a virtual assistant”. Crazy, right, I know!
First, let me give you the definition of a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant (VA) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative social assistance to clients remotely from their home office.
But many are still asking “What can a Virtual Assistant do for me?” The ways in which a VA can help you and for your business are as unique and diverse as the individual VA. To narrow down the endless possibilities, let us look at several benefits of using a VA:
- Virtual assistants work around your schedule to provide you service whenever you need it. Think of us as your ‘on-call’ go to person. No need to hire part time employees and hope you have enough work to keep them busy for the hours they work. With a virtual assistant you only pay for time spent on YOUR project AND work can be done outside normal business hours.
- Virtual assistants take on those every day essential tasks you don’t have time for because you’re too busy growing your business and wearing all the others hats you have to wear: sales and marketing manager, CEO, strategic planner, etc.
- There’s no need for an actual office we work remotely, and you pay no overtime.
The benefits are endless, I could go on and on but you get the jest. Now that we have looked a t the benefits of hiring a VA, let’s look at some of the task that a VA can help you in your busy workday.
- A VA can assist you with marketing support, increasing your clientele and freeing up valuable time to service your customers. We also can handle all your marketing and publicity helping you to spread the word about your product or services.
- Write press release, blogs, and articles.
- A Virtual Assistant can make your next presentation shine by giving it that polished professional presentation.
- Handle proofing, editing, and typing all your correspondence, pleadings, manuscripts, etc., thus allowing a more professional edge to all your business communications.
- A Virtual Assistant can take over all your bookkeeping, bills and accounts payable.
- A Virtual Assistant can plan your next company event or outing providing for an enjoyable and memorable time for all.
- Manage your customer service so that your customers are taken care of.
- Manage your Social Media presence and reputation.
- Manage and maintain your email inbox.
- Schedule and confirm your appointments.
If you want to learn more about what a virtual assistant really is, come to the McDowell Chamber of Commerce on September 2, 2015 at 11:30AM for a FREE LUNCH and LEARN session. Hosted by Kim Brown, Owner of KB Konnections-Virtual Business Solutions. For reservations please contact the McDowell Chamber via their website.