A Virtual Assistant is an independent contractor who provides services to clients while operating solely outside of the client's office. A Virtual Assistant typically operates from a home office but can access the necessary documents remotely.
There are a lot of Virtual Assistants out there in the world and in NZ, However, we do not all provide the same services. Many of us have different titles and offer different services.
The term 'Virtual Assistant' is an Umbrella term for our industry, not our titles.
Some of those terms are Bookkeeper, Online Business Manager, Social Media Content Manager, Digital Marketer.
Myth #1: You need to hire someone full time
Don't limit yourself to the traditional mindset of 40 hours a week. Outsource for as little or as much as you want. Only have 20 hours of work outsource 20 hrs to a VA. Do what is best for you and your business! As your business grows you can adjust the amount of support that you need.
Myth #2: You can't communicate the same when you're virtual
This is 100% wrong. Some VA's have decided they would rather work in the office with you, while others are fully virtual. While you are not physically in the same room, technology has given us many options for communications. Skype, Zoom, Slack, and phone calls. There is no excuse to keep you from communicating with your VA.
Myth #3: Virtual Assistants aren't local
There are many VA's in New Zealand. My friend at Virtual Assistant NZ has a directory of all NZ VA's. If your VA isn't local, technology is amazing now and there are many tools you can use like Zoom or Skype.
Myth #4: Virtual Assistant's don't have experience in my field
There are many VA's that are specialists in certain fields. Virtual Assistant Network NZ has a directory that you can search by specialty. This will help you choose a VA that is the right fit for you and your business.
Myth #5: A VA can't do the same things as a Normal Assistant
A VA can manage the same tasks as a traditional assistant, though it may look a little different. One benefit is that you aren't limited to strictly in your area. Each VA is skilled and able to offer high-level service to their clients, regardless of their location.
Myth #6: Anyone can be a VA
Being a Virtual Assistant isn't the easiest job out there. You have to hang in with some of the top entrepreneurs and business owners in the business. It's important to have the skills and drive to make it in this field.